Awesome article - not many people talk about this. My whole family drives manual. It's always a good laugh when the older members try pressing down on the break in an automatic forgetting they don't have to shift.
My mum taught me one rule - drive it like you stole it - it takes the edge off of shifting too gently and stalling out.
My favorite thing to do is see how fast I can take a corner in 3rd. That and the track.
Great article. Brought back memories.