March 7, 2002
AutoWeek Publisher Emeritus, Leon Mandel, dies at age 73
Autoweek magazine publisher, Leon Mandel III, passed away March 5th at his home following a long battle with leukemia. Mr. Mandel was publisher emeritus of AutoWeek magazine and a vice president of it parent company, Crain Communications Inc.
Prior to being named publisher emeritus in November 2001, Mr. Mandel had been publisher of AutoWeek since 1988. He joined Crain Communications Inc. in 1983 as editor of the national car enthusiast title. He was named a vice president of the company in 1989. Mr. Mandel began his career at a weekly newspaper in northern California and was variously editor of Competition Press (AutoWeek’s predecessor), senior editor at Motor Trend and managing editor of Car and Driver. In 2000, he received an Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Citation recognizing him for decades of support of auto enthusiasm.
Mr. Mandel is the author of six books including a one-volume history of the domestic car industry titled “American Cars” which was an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. In his earlier years he sold cars for 15 years at a dealership under Kjell Qvale in San Francisco, California. Mr. Mandel was also managing editor of the AutoWeek television show on Speedvision.