Posted On: Jun 22nd, 2014 By: Sara L. Daigle
For years, I labored under the impression that I didn’t care about cars. I told myself they were merely a method of getting from one place to another.
Then I met my first car. Going car shopping as a woman, laboring under the false impression that women couldn’t bargain and that I’d get had, I nevertheless discovered I actually cared about things like handling and acceleration. I realized that I wanted something sporty, not something doddering and elderly, something that hugged the road and responded to me and became an extension of my body. I actually had an opinion about cars! And what’s more, I knew what I wanted. I picked out a maroon Mazda 626 as my first car, and it was delightful. Sporty but not expensive, maneuverable even in snowy weather and rain, as a pure sports car usually isn’t, I could feel the road, merge myself with the car and feel as though we flew together. The car and I were buddies as much as driver and tool. It was an expression of me and I loved it.
I didn’t uncover the sports car enthusiast in me, until I met a man who was a gearhead, and I discovered the alluring roar of the pure sports car – and my inner motohead. The Mustang Cobra, old classic Corvettes, Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar…the jig, as they say, was up. I had to admit…cars can be sexy, and sexy in a way that had nothing to do with their frequently male owners. It was me coming into me, throwing off the shackles of expectation that a woman doesn’t care about cars, that she can’t handle them, that they are simply tools men use to get women…nope. I had started listening to the voice of the car and that voice was beautiful, expressive and very expansive. We can play together, the car and me, and see what kind of energy we can release, what kind of fun we can have.
I care about how my car handles, I care about what it looks like, I resonate with some cars and not with others, and yes, sports cars are sexy. Mazda welcomed me to the magical, wonderful world of the car…where we communicate as freely with our cars as we do with our friends and family, and where we can be who we are without shame or expectation.
Sara L. Daigle is a Colorado-based romance author with a sci-fi twist. Her first book, Awakenings, will be available on Amazon in early 2015. http://www.saraldaigle.com/