2015 Rusty Hubcap Winners Announced!

Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services is pleased to announce the winners of our 3rd Annual Rusty Hubcap Awards!

The “Rusties,” as we call them, are our way of acknowledging our partners who’ve made great progress with their vehicle donation programs this year*.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the acceptance speeches!


Category: Outstanding Performance
Winner: Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN)

Susan Tran & Cory Morrissey


Category: Most Valuable Vehicle
Winner: Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Netted MPBN $14,949.00
2015 Toyota Rav4  – Donor: Martha Barend Estate



FR: Charles Beck. BR: Chris Keefe, Pam Smart, Tristan Richards, Carol Hillmann, Rich Tozier.

Category: Oldest Vehicle
Winner: Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN)
1940 La Salle 7380  –  Donor: Richard Chutter

Acceptance Speech: Pam Smart, Director of Membership, MPBN:

“We were blown away by the news that we won three Rusty Hubcap Awards this year! On behalf of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, I'd like to thank Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services. The excellent marketing materials and dedicated in-house team at CTVDS helped us bring in 859 vehicles this year. We are honored, very excited, and already gearing up for an even better 2016!”

FR: Deloris Phelps, Kathleen Connaghan-Gross. BR: Sally Daily, David Fulk, Danny Baker, Bill Anderson, Kevin Alexander, Linda Sher.


Category: Rising Star
Winner: KCUR
Acceptance Speech: Deloris Phelps, Director of Membership, KCUR:

“Thank you to Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services for honoring KCUR as a Rising Star. We have been thrilled with the number of cars donated from our listeners over the past year!

Our programming and development teams worked together to get the word out—using statement stuffers, web tiles and on-air spots developed by Car Talk. We also scheduled live reads—our announcers played a big role!

We researched several vehicle donation services before choosing Car Talk. The main selling point for me was the support services. Without the great materials CTVDS provided our station, we would not have reached so many people. Recently, we aired a heavy rotation of spots and live reads that brought in 43 cars in November and December, alone.”


Receiving a Rusty Hubcap Award is considered to be the highest honor for many a public radio station. (Well, after getting an Edward R. Murrow Award and a George Foster Peabody Award, that is.) Will your station get a Rusty for your work in 2016? Drop Vehicle Donation Services’ Twyla Olson a note to make sure you’re driving in the right direction. Maybe next year you’ll be cruising down the greasy carpet on behalf of your station!