We were very surprised and saddened to learn that Joe Mayall, Editorial Director of the National Street Rod Association's Street Scene magazine, passed away on Sunday, May 31. The reports are that Joe was visiting friends in Las Vegas when he suffered a heart attack.
Joe had a long career in the hot rod industry-most notably with the NSRA, but his involvement in the hobby goes back much farther. Joe was fortunate enough to time his teenage years with the early and mid-Fifties. Those mid-Twentieth Century years are still regarded as "golden" on the timeline of hot rodding. That was also a time when Joe's home state of Idaho was giving driver's licenses to 13 year olds. Joe was one of those 13 year olds, and it wasn't long after getting his license that he had his first car-a '46 Ford convertible with a flathead engine. Later on, his best known street rod was the '33 Ford sedan which he owned and drove for years.
Joe started photographing street rods and writing magazine articles in 1970, selling them as a freelancer. Shortly after attending his first NSRA Nationals in 1972, he became the Association's Idaho State Rep. After a couple of years in that position, he was promoted to Division Director. In 1975, Joe left Idaho for California, where he joined the staff of Rod Action during that magazine's heyday. In 1978, he started at Street Scene, where he served for more than 30 years. That's a lot of years, but we wish there were more. Joe is survived by his daughter and son. He lost his life-long partner, his wife Lois, a year and a half ago. And the street rodding world has lost one of it's great journalists and enthusiasts. He will be very missed.