This is my mom’s ‘94 Miata.

It has no power steering, and crank windows. This has been her daily driver for 16 years. It has 250+k miles, it’s starting to burn oil, and the clear coat is abandoning ship. But she has no plans to ever replace it. Other than a few batteries, this car has needed nothing. She just gets in, cranks up the music, and drives.

Growing up, I never understood her love of this car. I never liked riding in it and I never enjoyed driving it. The only thing I knew is that she was happy every moment she was in it.

So here’s to my mom: a woman pushing 66 years old, who proudly drives a manual, RWD vehicle.