THE EDITORS of The Weekend Drive are passionate automotive enthusiasts like you. They bring you the most insightful, early information possible from the whole scope of the automotive universe – new cars and trucks, motorshows, parts and accessories, collector and classic cars, motorsports, accessories and products, travel and destinations, and more.
VINCE BODIFORD – is the founder and chief automotive and features editor of The Weekend Drive®. Based in the Detroit area, Vince is a 27-year automotive journalist, and he is a well-established newspaper executive, which is his profession. His automotive features have appeared around the world. He attends many major motor shows, road-tests over 50 new vehicles a year, and is a contributor to many media outlets. He is a member of the Motor Press Guild – Los Angeles, Automotive Press Association – Detroit, and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press – Denver. Motorsports competition and victories include the championship with Price Cobb for Porsche of the 1994 Cannonball One Lap of America. He a graduate of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, The Bridgestone Winter Driving Academy, The SAAB Academy, The Bridgestone Racing Academy, and the Danny McKeever Fast Lane Racing School.
JAY WENTZ – is our Senior Automotive Editor. Jay was born into a NASCAR racing family. He spent his youth on the racing circuit with his dad, Pee Wee Wentz, Sr. When Pee Wee retired from the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Jay’s automotive career was under way, at just 18-years old he built a 1955 Chevy that was featured on the cover of Popular Hot Rodding. Jay was a regular on-air personality of Street Rodder TV which aired on ESPN2. Today Jay is based deep in the heart of NASCAR country – and from his Danville, Virginal-based Speed Metal Garage business, he pursues his passion for racing, custom and hot rod cars, new car road testing and more. He is also member of the Motor Press Guild.
JOE MAVILIA – is our Editor-at-Large and a syndicated columnist with over 40 years in the automotive industry. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Motor Press Guild, and he was president of the world’s largest automotive distribution company, and he sponsored a Formula Atlantic racing team. For over a decade, he co-owned G&I Sports Cars, a Southern-California based European car repair business specializing in Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and more. His review column An Automotive Love Affair® has been published for over 20 years. We might as well come clean… Joe is also Vince’s uncle, mentor and dear friend.
PHIL SHUYLER – is the producer and worldwide distributor of The Weekend Drive® video and television segments. All video content featuring Vince Bodiford and The Weekend Drive brand are products of Phil Shuyler’s Orchard Entertainment. Orchard Entertainment produces and distributes a wide variety of travel and automotive video and television content.
- Mike Mavilia, Digital Media Editor & Contributor
- Price Cobb, Motorsports and Contributor
- Jason Baedke, Motorcycle Road Tests
- Ezekiel Wheeler, Contributing Editor
- Sue Mead, Contributing Editor
BILL KELLER – June 20, 1950 – May 24, 2015. Remembering and honoring our friend Bill Keller. For over a decade, Bill was the webmaster and online editor of The Weekend Drive® as it developed from its early stages to the global digital media outlet that it is today. Bill was a friend and frequent consultant, and we are deeply grateful for his friendship and contributions.
THE WEEKEND DRIVE was founded by Vince Bodiford in 1992 as “At the Wheel,” a weekly syndicated automotive newspaper feature which he wrote. In 1999, it was rebranded to be known as The Weekend Drive, and this automotive enthusiast website was launched. The Weekend Drive was among the very first automotive websites at the time, and it grew quickly to become a popular automotive review website. The feature still appears occasionally in newspapers as an automotive feature, but its main North American audience is served by this website. The Weekend Drive owned by Golden Media, Inc.
The audience of The Weekend Drive are North American consumers interested in new cars and trucks, accessories, the vintage car hobby, the motoring lifestyle, and travel.
Male: 64% Female: 36%
78.1% homeowners, 59% over 40 years of age.
69.4% intend to purchase a new car or truck within 3-months.
37.2% own a vintage car/active in classic car hobby.
*Audience demographics, September 2013 Audience Survey.