One thing that social media has done for me has made me aware of living in the moment. Sometimes it’s not so great. I’m so conscious of documenting the moment I’m living in that I forget to actually enjoy the moment. And sometimes, I just live in the moment and use social media to capture the highlights. When you’ve been doing this a while, it’s the former more often than the latter.
But everything about my attendance at Heels and Wheels 2015 was all about the latter. First the overview.
Heels and Wheels is an invitation-only event designed for and by women in the automotive industry. That’s right, nothing but women and cars. Hosted at the beautifully set Four Season Westlake Village, surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains, it was the perfect three days to drive fast and live in the moment.
First stop was lunch at LAX airport where we could watch planes depart, stuff ourselves, and meet and greet one another at The Proud Bird. I did exactly that and then ended up plopping next to my friend Rene Syler for a little catching up. After a simple chat turned into a long conversation, we decided to take the trip to Westlake Village as driving partners. We picked the biggest, baddest car we could find at our disposal.
THE 2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 392 HEMI SCAT PACK SHAKER
I bet you think two girls can’t handle a car like that. Well… Rene could just fine but when I got behind the wheel, I lightly tapped the gas and just about gave myself whiplash. That gave me the first of many giggles over the weekend. I think laughter truly is the best medicine.
Oh yeah. Women are all up in this industry.
After a lovely little intro to the day, we were led to the parking lot where dreams are made. For chicks who dig cars, a parking full of new, fun, fast cars with the keys in the ignition is like being a kid in a candy store.
My only goal for the day was to drive every. single. one of them. That’s right. About 7 hours to drive 14 cars. Could I do it? Could we do it? Rene and I decided to partner up after the tremendous amount of laughing we had done the day before.
I walked to the parking lot
Looked around the place and thought
How I’m gonna choose
Where’s my ride, where’s my ride
Let me tell you, it’s a lot harder than you think. And the easiest way to give you the answer is to give you a chronological pictorial of my day.
Whoa, Scotty Reiss, Editor of SheBuysCars.com snuck into our car and managed to get behind the wheel!
So did you count? Including the Challenger, did I make it into all 14 cars? Sadly, no. By the end, I was literally driving them around the block just to say I had some time behind the wheel. The only vehicle I missed was the Dodge Charger.
I know, HOW COULD I?
But as you can tell, it was a busy day and when the day was over, it was a busy evening doing things like this.
Trust me, all that driving is exhausting. And we are women after all.
Want to know more about any of the cars you see here? Leave me a comment with your thoughts or questions. To find out more about this event and why women are such a powerhouse in the automotive industry, visit Heels-and-Wheels.com.