This isn't a euphemism. Michigan loves bragging about the fact we still use a manual transmission.

There was a day in this fair land when the only way to drive a car was to learn the foot dexterity it took to shift through the gears of a manual transmission.

But some wuss invented the automatic transmission, and the manual tranny has gone the way of the Dodo bird. Or has it?

Other states that share a love of ramming through the gears are Washington, Missouri and Tennessee.

Given that the automobile was invented and mass produced first in Michigan has led to a car-culture that believes you're not a "real" car geek unless you love to shift.

Full disclosure: my first four cars were manuals, but then they started charging more for them and I went to an automatic.



More From 98.7 WFGR