Hey again, Boxer!
Smiled with familiarity at this post.
A similarly rare situation - shared moments of youth with my father in some memorable machinery.
Both sanct and skillful.
Glad to hear the children are inheriting the driving experiences.
Cars are transient, yet the moments shared and skills acquired aren't.
On moments, two decades have passed since my first driving experiences.
Yet, I remember every word shared, at what speed, and at what curve with a dream-like timelessness.
A meld of machine that took us through roads, and the man that guides us through them. Incisive.
On skill, they pervade far beyond physical roads.
Especially when granted the responsibility of powerful machines young:
"The car drives itself. You're only guiding it."
"Eyes move before you do, always."
"Pace is relative to ability, and ability requires precision."
"The faster and heavier you are, the longer your brake line."
"That sound of the ignition means the life of those around you, your passengers, and yours is now in your hands. Weigh that well."
The practical skill that I found most useful was road-driving reflex training, and driving modulation at different speed sets:
Drilling the obvious vision-driving coordination methods until they become subconscious rules and reflex.
And then, training them for the road accident prevention scenarios.
Example: Common sense, but always applying a split-second 'vision-action' of front, rear-view, then front again in the direction of the turn or lane transition.
Then, practicing applying that reflex of 'vision-action' in the opposite direction of another car breaking into my line.
Ie, if car breaks in from the left, look right rear view and then move into clear line. Overcomes the brake hard and vision lock reflex most untrained people have.
Nurturing a reflex to look out the front dash every two seconds.
Breaks the momentary lapses of road concentration even the most experienced of us fall into.
And the practice of understanding car dynamics at differing and higher speeds.
As for learning manual, entry-level V4 FWDs offered depth of modulation and technique.
(And a relatively affordable tyre and pad budget given the extensive and intense 'practice' expense that fourteen year-old could afford and keep somewhat hidden. Oh, the era of handbrakes.)
Thousands of exotic car owners, but rarer are the 'drivers'.
He'll be one.
The father's in good health, and I'll be calling him shortly to relive those memories.
Do enjoy. I sure did.