Sam Bell named Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Sam Bell, owner and founder of the Lusty Wrench garage on Lee Road.

Sam Bell, the owner and founder of the Lusty Wrench garage on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, has just been named the Delmar/Cengage Learning ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year.

Known as the dean of local mechanics, Bell routinely fields calls from his fellow professionals when they need advice on a difficult problem. "I think we all use him as our ‘guru’ when we get stuck," says Kenny Block, co-owner of Mac’s Marathon on Taylor Road.

Once again, Bell turned in a perfect score on his Advanced Level recertification exams. In addition to being a hands-on technician, Bell teaches numerous advanced-level technical courses both locally and nationally. He is also a regular contributor to MOTOR Magazine, where his writing has won several national and international awards.

Sam Bell, who rides his bicycle to work year-round, is also known around town for his participation as a member of Patti’s Paladins, a Cleveland Heights-based bike team, in the annual MS-150 Pedal to the Point, a charitable fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. He and his wife Ellie are longtime Cleveland Heights residents.

The official award ceremony will take place in mid-November in Phoenix, AZ. Each year, ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, honors approximately 30 of the country’s top automotive technicians. There are more than 400,000 certified automotive service professionals in the United States. Delmar/Cengage Learning is a leading developer and publisher of textbooks and curriculum materials used in technical training programs worldwide.

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Additional information about Patti’s Paladins is at

Melissa Zagidulin is a digital preservation expert and freelance writer living in Cleveland Heights.

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