Recently I was asked by a great, Dayton-based online automotive magazine, The News Wheel, to help cover the 2016 Dayton Auto Show from a mom’s perspective. Since I’d already considered taking my car-loving son to the show when I’d heard it advertised weeks ago, I jumped at the opportunity. Today, I’m thrilled that the article has been published and the staff loved seeing the show from a three-year-old’s perspective as much as I did! Read it here! http://thenewswheel.com/mustang-wishes-and-minivan-dreams-at-the-2016-dayton-auto-show/
If your kids are car enthusiasts, your husband is a gearhead, or you just love dreaming about a new Chevy Corvette (or rather, a Honda Odyssey – let’s be honest), The News Wheel has a little something for everyone. I love that this Dayton-based magazine appreciates Dayton’s connection to cars (think The Packard Museum and Reynolds & Reynolds) and writes for the everyday car enthusiast, like myself.
Here’s why you’ll love The News Wheel as much as I do…
The following article was submitted by Rain Turner, Editor-in-Chief of The News Wheel for ModernDaytonMom.com
Even if it is just for an odd 70-degree day in February, a flash of warmth in the Miami Valley means you’re sure to see those vintage cars come out of the woodwork. Here in the home of the Packard Museum and the Kettering self-starter, Daytonians take advantage of any opportunity to show off their love of cars. This makes Dayton the perfect location for a new champion of automotive passion, The News Wheel digital car magazine.
The philosophy of The News Wheel is that everyone is a gearhead on some level. Even if you don’t subscribe to car magazines, chances are your car still has a name. Our cars are where we do our best singing, bonding on car rides, and learning valuable anger management lessons during rush hour. Parking lots across the Dayton area fill with classic cars and hot dog stands in the summertime because, on some level, every American can appreciate a nice set of wheels. At The News Wheel, the editors publish car stories for even the most casual of car enthusiasts, offering digestible automotive industry updates, celebrity car glimpses, and humorous traffic stories from across the world.
The News Wheel is located at the Dayton Reynolds & Reynolds office–that big office building on County Line Road that you might see on your way to The Greene in Kettering. Reynolds has been in the automotive industry, and a part of the Dayton community, since 1866. In fact, it was the Reynolds & Reynolds big blue clock tower that overlooked I-75 in downtown Dayton for 28 years (this 50-foot clock now sits on display at Carillon Historical Park).
The News Wheel was born in 2013 and is growing fast. With over 210,000 readers a month and articles spanning all automotive makes and models, The News Wheel has gained notoriety and access to some of the largest automotive events in the country. However, the team keeps firm roots in Dayton and remains dedicated to reporting on our rich local history and the latest car trends right here at home.
Many The News Wheel team members are alumni of Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Rain Turner, Editor-in-Chief, remarks managing a creative team in Dayton, “It is satisfying to know that we can provide a creative work space for local writers and designers, and retain that artistic talent in the Dayton area. We also have writers who are located across the country, and even in parts of Europe. It is the culmination of all these varied voices that makes our team and content on The News Wheel so strong.”Rain says, “We really are lucky to have a very talented team working on The News Wheel. Our team is very good at finding headlines and turning them on their head; digging deeper into the story or using humor to make a personal connection with the reader. It’s not always easy to relate a broad audience to cars, so this is a very important part of what we do.
“For example, our team recently covered Monster Jam at the Nutter Center. Before the glory of the roaring trucks took over the track, coordinators dumped over 7,500 tons of dirt all over the floor of the arena! We were invited to see what went into building the Monster Jam track and learned all about what life on the road was like for the event director, Jimmy Mijarez. It is these personal stories and peeks behind the scenes that go beyond the flashy headline.”
The News Wheel team charges themselves with a responsibility to direct local reader focus where it is deserved. Last summer, The News Wheel visited Carl’s Body Shop to take photos of a 1966 Batmobile replica. Carl’s brings the Batmobile to charity events, church gatherings, and community events all over the Miami Valley. Managing Editor, Timothy Moore, remarks, “It is important for us to use our voice to bring attention to people who are supporting our community.”Dayton is also the city of inventors, so The News Wheel regularly reviews the latest car gadgets and gizmos, with monthly giveaways for readers. This month, they are giving away a clever mat that keeps car upholstery clean.
The News Wheel team of editors, writers, and designers often emerge from the office to rejuvenate their creative edge with adventures across the Miami Valley. The Cincinnati Zoo, Magic Castle, and Bill’s Donuts are some of their favorite hang-outs. Editor, Patrick Grieve, even stumbled upon a DeLorean Club meet-up at Proto BuildBar last year.What is The News Wheel news team’s favorite kind of car? “Probably a food truck,” says Managing Editor, Cat Hiles.
If you love cars–even just the ones from the movies–Dayton is a great place to live. There are so many great opportunities to get out there and get excited about a set of wheels. Do you have a car to show off? They are always happy to hear stories from around the Miami Valley.