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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Corvette carjackers can't figure out stick

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A Florida Corvette owner said he was almost carjacked at gunpoint, but the would-be thieves ran away because they couldn't figure out how to drive his car.

Randolph Bean was sitting in his bright yellow Corvette when two men took him by surprise, MyFoxOrlando.com reports. It was parked outside Orlando Regional Medical Center in downtown Orlando.

Bean said the two came from behind, and he "barely caught them in the mirror."

According to the police report, one of the men had a gun.

"He started yanking on the door and made me open the door. He kind of flung it open and dragged me out and demanded that I get on the ground... face down, so I couldn't look at him, of course," Bean told MyFoxOrlando.com.

Bean, 51, said one of the thieves pointed a gun at him while asking how to use the car.

"They apparently couldn't start it," Bean said. "I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission."

The suspects reportedly gave up and ran away, leaving Bean on the ground. Police tried searching for the suspects, but they took off.

"My first thought was I guess we don't have driver's ed in school anymore because no one knows how to drive a stick," Bean said. "And my second thing was, don't shoot me because you can't start the car. I'm trying to help you out here."

Though the thieves left the Corvette, they still made off with Bean's phone, keys and wallet

(Sauce: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/29...#ixzz2JV7ccUrK)
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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I know it's not "irony", but it's something.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 09:48 PM   #4
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Bright yellow vette, I would've let them take it. Get a new one in a different color..
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 10:24 PM   #5
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Bright yellow vette, I would've let them take it. Get a new one in a different color..
Let him take it and then buy the new Stingray..... Let the thief keep the trashy C6.
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New Stingray is definitely smooth looking, but I can't say I would turn down a C6 either. Yellow or not.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 03:46 AM   #7
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Very Funny (well apart from the criminal bit.)

Mind you, it works both ways - I once did the classic 'emergency stop by mistake' in an borrowed automatic as I approached a bend and my left foot instinctively groped out for the clutch to change down.
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Wow, those guys were really unlucky. 90% of Corvettes sold are automatics.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 08:38 AM   #9
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This isn't really new--even twenty or thirty years ago having a stick was something of a theft deterrent. A lot of people I know can't drive them. When I went to drivers' ed 35 years ago I was asked if I was going to be driving "manual" or "standard".
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Been said many times before...

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Very Funny (well apart from the criminal bit.)

Mind you, it works both ways - I once did the classic 'emergency stop by mistake' in an borrowed automatic as I approached a bend and my left foot instinctively groped out for the clutch to change down.
When I learned to drive, it was on a standard, "three on the tree" - i.e. the stick shift was on the steering column. Now that is a deterrent....

However, once I was in a automatic - a rental thankfully - that had the shifter on the steering column. It also had a steering wheel angle adjustment - also on the steering column. Lets just say I got the two confused, and "parked" the car - at 60kmh. Talk about an 'emergency stop'. Thankfully there was no (visible) damage... perhaps it had a safety over-ride?

I once got great summer job at a camp because I could drive their old van - with the 'three on the tree' shifter. I got to spend the summer driving the new automatic van into the city, and out and about picking up and dropping off people and supplies instead of mowing the lawn and weeding. Drove the old van just once....
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Scary! I actually live close to ORMC, but I don't drive a Corvette thankfully!
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