Press and Awards

Sam BellLusty Wrench Founder named ASE Technician of the Year
Sam Bell has been named the Delamar/Cengage Learning ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year. From a field of over 400,000 certified automobile technicians, Sam Bell was chosen as the Delmar/Cengage Learning ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year. The award was announced in October, 2010.
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CWRU taps local talent for DARPA Urban Challenge Team

Sam Bell, founder and chief technician at the Lusty Wrench, was invited to join the Case Western Reserve University ‘s Urban Challenge Team as a mechanical consultant. The DARPA Urban Challenge was a national competition to develop autonomous robotic vehicles capable of operating in an urban environment without human guidance or intervention. Google now operates a small fleet of autonomous vehicles using technology developed and honed in the Urban Challenge.
“Lusty Wrench Delivers Eco-Conscious Automotive Repair”
by Jennifer Margolis alt
CWRU Weatherhead Business Innovation Profile
The Lusty Wrench is an award winning ‘eco-conscious’ auto repair shop that weaves environmental responsibility throughout its day-to-day operations. For over 25 years the repair shop has not only provided a needed service to the local community but has also restored the environment through innovative, responsible business practices.
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“Cleveland Heights Mechanic Concerned About Environment”
Jayne Eiben Reports alt
Owners of SUVs might want to steer clear of the mechanic that owns the Lusty Wrench in Cleveland Heights. The auto-repair shop owner is also an environmentalist.
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“Cleveland Mechanic Lusts for a Clean Environment”
by Brian Lafferty alt
Waste News Magazine
Consider yourself warned: Don't take your Lincoln Navigator to the Lusty Wrench. Oh, this two-technician garage in a suburb of Cleveland might work on your sport utility vehicle, especially if you've failed the state's emissions check. But owner Sam Bell will be heard. He'll want to know why you drive a gas-guzzling, emissions-belching SUV. If Bell doesn't like your answer, his response will sound something like this: “We generally don't service this type of vehicle because we feel they are environmentally irresponsible,” said the 55-year-old Bell. “In fact, we'll go so far as to say they're environmentally reprehensible.”
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International Automotive
Media Awards (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Truth Through Media
Better Business Bureau
Special Merit Honoree
Torch Award (2003) Honoring Businesses
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Sam was recently interviewed for a broadcast on Civic Commons Radio (heard locally on WJCU).  Here's a link to a podcast of the show: