ALL IN THE FAMILY:
Leon Mandel is officially listed as Publisher Emeritus of Autoweek, but in many ways, he was Autoweek. He was part of its racing roots all the way back to the mid-1960s. He spent as much time in the paddock as he did in the ivory tower of publishing, and he enjoyed them both.
Along the way, he got to know many race car drivers and considered them friends. He became friends, close friends, with the great Peter Revson. And when Peter died, it hit Leon hard. “He promised himself that he wouldn’t get as close to a driver as he had with Peter,” says his son, another former Autoweek publisher, Dutch Mandel. “Then came Danny Sullivan … and Tommy Kendall … and Robbie Buhl …
“I kind of think, in many ways, he has as much reason to be in several Motorsports Halls of Fame (for his time as a Steward of the Meet and Chief Steward in the SCCA and as someone who promoted motorsports through the pages of Autoweek) as any automotive journalist.”
Well, he has a place in our Hall of Fame, and he always will. Godspeed, Leon.