If you read "Always thought that was the engine you wanted, with a Mustang" while listening to The Dark Side of the Moon, you will realize the story is really a creative recall of a fever dream. This will help to explain the Lancia Delta.
I know these names from my time as a youngster reading car mags. So they’re like what, 70 or 80? So am I. I have a degree in English, but can’t write worth a damn. This one can. I was pulled in from the start by the vivid imagery. I could feel the heat, the dry air, the moving of doors, lifting of covers. But as of yesterday, what I can do is take a next door neighbor with a project Firebird on a tear ‘em up blast down a winding country road in a 69 Mach1 set up for road racing with new ultra high performance tires that I haven’t really tried out yet . I think after that hair raiser he’ll be dreaming about the day he completes it, just as I was dreaming about the Shelby in the story.
Another spectacular piece from Sam Smith. My wife asked what I was doing as I was staring at my iPad with a smile. I told her what I was reading (she knows Smith is my favorite writer) and said that this piece confirmed my thoughts that he should write a novel. I was only a few paragraphs in at that point; the ending only confirmed my belief.