Long before I ever understood any of the mechanics of automobiles, I was fascinated with them. Not so much as a means of transportation, but more as a piece of eye candy that had me inexplicably intrigued.

Growing up in rural Nebraska, I didn’t have a lot of options for eyeing new vehicles, so I turned to the shelves of the local hobby store and began building model cars. (OK, it was actually a hardware store with one small section reserved for model car kits and paint.)

Every month, I’d invest my hard-earned paper route money in a new model car and assemble it with painstaking care. I selected the paints, often mixing colors for a custom paint job, and often swapped out the tires for ones I thought made it look better. Sometimes I covered the plastic seats with fabric lifted from my mom’s sewing kit, and I learned to paint the dials on the dashboard using a toothpick and more patience than anyone (myself included) knew I had. No detail was too small to be overlooked.

Except when it came to the engine.

It soon became clear that I wasn’t too concerned with what was under the hood – all I really cared about was how the car looked. Most of my models had leftover parts when I was done, but it didn’t bother me. As long as it looked great on the shelf, I was happy.

To be honest, I haven’t strayed too far from that philosophy in the three decades that have passed. I’m still more attracted to a car by how it looks than by what it can do for me. (Fortunately, I have at least become wise enough not to use the same standards in my relationships…) The ft.-lb torque of a car is of little interest to me; I don’t care what the horsepower is at the wheels. What piques my interest is the style, comfort and grace of a car. In other words, I don’t care how fast it can go from zero to 60, but I do want to know how fast that seat warmer is going to heat my cheeks.

I realize there are many female gearheads out there who love the mechanics of what happens under the hood; I just don’t happen to be one of them. On Wheels In Heels is all about cars – but not about the mechanics of them. On this blog, you’ll find information about awesome luxury automobiles, great gadgets and essential accessories. Hopefully, you’ll feel inspired to share your own stories. But if not, that’s fine – feel free to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Paula Felps

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