Joe Elmore, Host of Horsepower TV and Musclecar, Dies at 80

Jun 19, 2024 1 min read
Joe Elmore, Host of Horsepower TV and Musclecar, Dies at 80

Joe Elmore, the beloved host of "Horsepower TV" and "Musclecar," passed away on Monday at the age of 80. Elmore’s career in journalism and entertainment spanned several decades, during which he became a cherished figure in the automotive community. His journey began with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Arkansas State University, followed by a Master of Arts degree in broadcasting and film from the University of Memphis.

Elmore's influence extended beyond the automotive world. He played a pivotal role in launching Tennessee Crossroads on Nashville Public Television 37 years ago and had been hosting the show since its inception. However, it was his work with Powernation's shows on TNN and Spike, starting in the late 1990s and continuing into the 2010s, that cemented his legacy among car enthusiasts.

Powernation shared the news of Elmore’s passing on Instagram, expressing their heartbreak and honoring his contributions to the car community. The post highlighted Elmore's infectious enthusiasm and passion for cars, describing him as a mentor and friend who brought joy to millions of viewers. His shows, known for being informative and drama-free, inspired many to work on their cars, thanks to his authoritative and professional delivery.

Elmore's presence on screen was more than just a host; he was a mentor and a beloved member of the car community. His willingness to share his knowledge and connect with fellow car lovers left a lasting impact on everyone he met. The outpouring of tributes from fans and colleagues alike underscores the profound influence he had on the automotive world.

Joe Elmore is survived by his three children. In honor of his memory, Nashville Public Television plans to air a broadcast tribute, celebrating his life and contributions to both television and the automotive community. Joe Elmore's legacy will live on through the countless enthusiasts he inspired and the memories he created. Rest in peace, Joe.

Image via Hagerty/Flickr/J. Neal Goggins

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