I must respectfully disagree. My stock 195K mile tranny (later '02 version) goes into 1st smoothly up to around 20 mph. It wouldn't go without grinding until I put in Uncle Scotty's which a I ran for about 3 years. Now, filled with Andrewtech cocktail, it's still smooth. That being said, under "normal" driving conditions (around town, public streets) there's very little reason to ever need to grab first, other than at a stop or to cruise at 15mph (because I'm lost !) It is, however, nice to be able to grab it exiting an on track hairpin, if the need arises.