Illustration for article titled A hat tip to my mom

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.

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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.

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