yeah in my old car I would try to show off a little when I first got manual down, before that I didn't want my friends riding with me because I thought I would stall or something haha.
Now I have an auto BMW I don't show off because well its bad enough having cops following me everywhere, they might as well call hellrot arrest me red or something.
That sucks about what you got caught with though. Having more than the max amount of people in your car isn't good when you are starting to drive. It's annoying how once you get pulled over cops can add a bunch of different secondary offences to tickets.