It’s funny where column ideas spring from. Today’s comes courtesy of a need to post a letter. It was this morning and I’d normally have walked to the post box, but I was short of time and it was raining. So I jumped into the family Golf and set off. I don’t drive this car much as Mrs F uses it for work and I’m always meant to be in something else, but whenever I do, I am struck yet again by its sheer, innate quality in general and one aspect in particular: its six-speed, manual gearbox.
My favourite manual gearbox | Thank Frankel it's Friday
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.
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