The Mazda strafes the New Mexico desert like a red bullet, its tiny rotary engine spinning 80 times every second. Surprisingly, little of that mayhem gets to the driver’s seat. The heat, however, 101 degrees on this July day, assaults my whole body. The road is arrow-straight all the way to the horizon, and I peer ahead for signs of the law but see only mirages, syrupy lakes spilling over the asphalt. I grab for fifth, ready to bury the throttle and make the most of it. Then the engine cuts out.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/11/17/what-ails-you