Hello all Having lusted after a BB for a long time, I finally got to drive one a few days ago. A well looked after driver, it's a carb car, which started right up and quickly settled into a steady idle. Cold start was accompanied with a fair bit of oil smoke which ceased after a few minutes. After acquanting myself with the interior appointments and controls, I set off for a 20 mile countryside drive. Though it was a hot day, the transmission took maybe 8-10 min to warm up. During this time, gear changes (especially 1st to 2nd) were ponderous, and I tried not to rush things. Thankfully the car is geared quite long, and as I eased into things, I took stock of the steering (direct and surprisingly light at even low speeds) and the delicious throttle response. I did note a slightly sticky throttle pedal on initial application... which wasn't all that surprising given the 4 big carbs it was actuating. That said, is it normal? With the engine and transmission warmed up, I exercised the car a bit more, but was still respectful, given that it was due a belt service soon. The sound at 4-5000 rpm -while mellifluous- was rather subdued, despite the installed aftermarket exhaust. Throttle response was impressively crisp, the engine windup delightfully snappy on heel - toe downshifts. My biggest disappointment however, was the gearchange: keep in mind I was still learning the car and barely scratched the surface of its eccentricities. I didn't want to rush anything or be at all mechanically unsympathetic. However, I really found the gear shift quality to be rather balky, if I'm being kind, especially from 2-3. The shift from 1-2 wasn't much better. However 3-4 was wonderfully fluid and could be dispatched quickly and consistently. There was never a need to shift to 5th, so I didn't bother. And the press down to access Reverse took some heft! So my question for those of you with Boxer experience- are my impressions of the gearbox typical? Thanks for your feedback!