Skip to comments.Another Corvette Thief Foiled by Inability to Drive Stick
Posted on 02/03/2014 12:07:35 AM PST by Impala64ssa
used to be that learning how to drive a manual-transmission-equipped car was a rite of passage for all - either you had an uncle with an old car that taught you how to do it when you were 14, or you were lucky enough to have a parent that wasnt afraid to row gears, and you went into the driving test feeling like a badass.
Not so for this idiot one Annas Abdel-Khaliq of Marion County, Florida. According to the report, Abdel-Khaliq attempted to steal a 2012 Corvette from Ocala Ford Motors in the Sunshine State, but didnt get very far only about 100 feet from its previous position, before the hare-brained scheme hatched in his pea-sized mind began to unravel.
Marion County Sheriffs Deputy Bloom ordered him to get out of the car, which he refused to do. So what was his next step? Why, to grab a steel bar and bash the deputy with it a few times in his haste to get away.
Deputy Bloom got him out of the car, whereupon he started to run away. His mad dash was short-lived as Deputy Batts who had just arrived unleashed the pepper spray and the two deputies caught Abdel-Khaliq and subsequently placed him under arrest.
We have a couple of questions. First, if youre going to be dumb enough to try to steal a car with no tags off a well-lit dealer lot, wouldnt you check first to see if you could drive it?
Secondly, people still smoke Pall Malls? We thought those were reserved for the retired longshoreman that sits on the porch in his rocker at that house on the end of the block.
As our good friend Forrest Gump says, stupid is as stupid does, and in this case, its 100% true. So now Mr. Abdel-Khaliq has a sweet charge of aggravated burglary on a law enforcement officer on his record to go with the Grand Theft Auto tag. Thats a great way to enter your twenties.
bet the clown has over stayed his visa too........
He should ‘stick’ to Camels.
Stealing them is easier to drive and smoke at the same time for a sand Rat.
I have never owned an automatic. Of course, I haven’t owned a car in 25 years either, but still...
Which according to the DHS Secretary, means that he has earned the right to U.S. citizenship.
I have a brother in law, 48 years old and he has never driven a vehicle with a manual transmission. I tried jumping his car once and he didn’t even know that there is are positive and negative battery terminals. As hard as I found it to believe, he had never encountered either experience.
“I havent owned a car in 25 years either”
...and you may have as a result saved a ton of money depending on how you get around.
In days to come, a car will drive you to where you want to be. Remote starters, heated seats, heated windows and mirrors, GPS, voice activated cellular phones in vehicle, crash avoidance, rear and forward mounted cameras, on and on.
Where did the “FUN” in driving go??????
Had it not been for forcing myself to learn a stick shift, I’d have never done so.
Burt Reynolds never learned to drive a standard either.
I guess that's where you attempt theft with a bad attatude, or leave without a sarcasm tag.
DOJ candidate under comrade Holder.
My first few cars had manual transmission. I even rebuilt a gearbox or two, I think; manual ones are easy. Helped my uncle to work on many parts of his cars.
However I haven't owned a car with manual transmission in years. They are just not as practical in a city. On a freeway a manual gearbox will save you some gas; however in a city it will be just a [dangerous] distraction. I'm more focused on getting from A to B, rather than on performance. The car can take care of the torque conversion ratio just fine on its own. There are transmissions today that are the next step past the slushbox. The electric torque converter that is used in Prius is likely more efficient than a manual gearbox, and it has no switchable gears. Quite an ingenious piece of mechanics, actually.
In many cases I prefer a manual to an automatic because with a manual my mind does not wander so much. A manual focuses one’s attention.
I do know how to drive a stick, but I’ve never owned a manual transmission vehicle.
To be honest, the thought of dealing with all that shifting while fighting NYC/Long Island traffic made my head hurt. It just never seemed appropriate to have one. Now, if I lived in the country (please God, let it be one day soon) I might reconsider. Until then...it’s automatics for me.
PS: I am confident I would have been able to drive the stolen car out of the lot. If I were the criminal type (which I am not).
Fast forward about 10 years. My youngest is now on her honeymoon, some island in the Caribbean. I get a call from her at my office one morning..about 2 days after they left. I'm semi-nervous..wondering what the heck's going on?
She just had to call and tell me. The honeymoon package included a car for the week..something Jeep-like to drive around the island..When the went to pick up the car, seems there were only standard transmissions left. Her husband was upset, he never learned to drive a stick..Of course my daughter was able to step in and take charge. I was grinning for days..and even more so when they returned home and she told me that it took her about 1 hour to teach him how to drive it.. Smart girl, in so many ways..
I love the 5 speeds but they are harder and harder to find.
My last 4 cars were 5 speeds and they last.
Americans seem to love expensive toys in their cars that break and cost a lot to fix.
My Hyundai elantra has a 6 automatic speed/hybrid manual transmission. No clutch but all six gears are available. Highly useful when torque is needed quickly in on ramp or passing situations or to escape multiple car/truck traffic box scenarios when you know one distracted glance or cell phone tweet will cause a multiple accident. The car in eco mode pads the transmission a bit when in automatic mode to save gas...but switches out in manual mode. Third gear in manual takes one to 75 from 25 in a bout 3 seconds and the red line on the tachometer hasn’t been close to being reached. Very useful in getting past liberal chicks who won’t let you into the lane(even if there was room for them to get over).
As for traffic box scenarios...I remember one where at 70 miles an hour and downshifted just to 5th gear and shot out of there at 90mph as a truck was coming over into the left.
I hadn’t meant to go that fast...one could hardly even feel it. The car seems more sure on the road the faster it goes; one can feel the suspension speed adjusting itself.
Then again...I read of a driver who got ticketed going 154 miles per hour in a 2012 elantra,,, who got caught because the engine shuts down electronically when that speed is breached.(apparently American law). Those clever Koreans...
Yeah definitely rough in traffic. Drove a delivery truck a few years with a HEAVY clutch pedal, girlfriend at the time noticed my left leg was much more “developed” than the right.. Manual cars were a dream.
Whenever I rent a car on business I’m always glad to get home to my stick shift.
“... unleashed the pepper spray ...” ???
Why not “... unleash 4-6 rounds of .40 caliber FMJ ...” and save the taxpayers a bunch of cash?
Not only that: A few years ago my tranny went out in my Jeep. None of the repair shops would touch a manual transmission. I had to find a shade-tree backyard mechanic to rebuild it.
Also, our Driver's Ed cars were brand new '65 Chevys with 3 speed on the column.
Stick shifts are racist.
Right on, Ronin. I remember killing my pop’s tranny for at least four weekends straight while getting down the clutch-shift-clutch-accelerator. Thanks for the fun memories, dad. Manual is always the way to go for real driving.
I tend to get them in economy cars but never had a problem with one.
My Shelby GT500 has a 6 speed and is a joy to drive.
My recent experience has been that they generally need to be ordered. The larger manufacturers all still offer manuals -- Honda, Toyota, BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW -- even Ford and GM do.
Manufacturers seem to be trending towards offering 6-speeds as the standard manual transmission, often making it a "no cost option" vs. an automatic. Buyers who want manual transmissions generally know what they want -- including colors, options, etc. and aren't likely to find exactly what they want on a dealer's lot. Easier for everyone to just order the car. Even my "Ultimate Driving Machine" BMW dealer had only one manual transmission demonstrator for me to try. But I had absolutely no trouble ordering one.
My "winter beater" is a Volvo with >200k miles, the original transmission, and still the original clutch. I've commuted in Washington DC and NYC with cars with stick shifts. True, the traffic was miserable -- but that would be the case with or without a manual transmission.
Manuals are more fun to drive, get better gas mileage, and are cheaper to buy and maintain... I'll give up my stick shift when they pry it out of my cold, dead hand!
Increased safety because of immunity from carjackers who never learned how to drive one is just icing on the cake.
I’ve owned many manual trans pickups. There’s nothing like getting in a new pickup with an automatic transmission and going to the first stop sign. Your left foot raises up, slams into the floor hard, and you wonder why the clutch is so soft.
You can no longer get a manual transmission in a new Ford pickup. There’s none to be had under the F-450 size of truck.
And so, my long association with Ford comes to an end...
Some people see driving as fun. But most see it as a way to go from point A to point B.
If there are enough people who enjoy cranking up their car in the morning there will still be someone who makes front cranks.
“I tried jumping his car once and he didnt even know that there is are positive and negative battery terminals.”
Some years ago, I went on a call where two women tried to jump start a minvan with a dead battery.
One admitted the conversation went something like:
“Which one do you put on which?”
“I don’t know, just put it one way and if that’s not right change it. What’s the worst that could happen?”
One fried electrical system and the other vehicle on fire...
He’s gonna love it at Raiford. :-)
My first stick was actually a friend’s Beetle. Weird shifter but it gave me a taste. I got the hang of it. The next summer I took a summer trip with my stepfather who was an over the road trucker. He let me “play” in the yard with his old Freightliner. So many gears! My next stick was an old Subaru wagon 5 speed that kept me busy in around town driving. I never had anyone ask to borrow it but I did have a couple friends ask if I could teach them to drive stick.
I should have charged an hourly rate.
Another victim of the plea bargain.