This was told to me by my mother and my uncle.
Sometime in the summer of 1952 or 1953 my family was in a 2 car caravan going from Texas to California.
At the time, it was fashionable to have a spotlight, like police cars on your car.
The lead car was my mom & dad.
The second car was my dad's childhood friend to whom I refer to as my uncle, but he is just a family friend.
My mother said they were traveling at night, the time was about 3:00 a.m.
This sighting occurred between midnight and 3:00 a.m.
She kept waking up and noticed a bright reddish orange light at a distance.
It seemed to be tracking the cars.
The road was a 2 lane road somewhere between Pecos, TX & Carlsbad, NM.
Mom finally woke up at 3:00 a.m. and told dad that that light has stayed right along with them for at least 2 hours and many miles.
Mom said no way it could be a water tower beacon after so much time had passed.
Dad would speed up, it would speed up.
Dad would slow down, it would slow down.
Finally, they stopped in the middle of the dark desolate road.
My uncle in the car behind stopped and they all stood in the middle of the road wondering what in the heck the thing could be.
So, my uncle set his spotlight on the object, and it took off and away from them at breakneck speed.
They were all horrified and amazed, but continued their trip to California.
When they arrived at Long Beach, mom said she bought a newspaper and read an article on the last page, that the day before something flew over several sunbathers that same day.
My dad never wanted to discuss it.
Years later, I asked my uncle about it and he said it was a true experience and it happened the way my mother told me.