Concours d’Lemons CA 2018 – Photos

Posted August 30, 2018

The Concours d’Lemons once again lowered property values during the otherwise high rent 2018 Monterey Auto Week. Over 100 Oddball, Mundane and Truly Awful cars littered the verdant lawn of Seaside City Hall on Aug. 25, 2018 to the delight of a record crowd consisting of billionaires and parolees alike. The all-star judging crew included such notable personalities as Formula 1/Indy500/LeMans/Bathhurst/Nascar driver and commentator, David Hobbs; Nascar commentator, Mike Joy; Amelia Island Concours Founder, Bill Warner; Nascar Crew Chief, Ray Everham; “Chasing Classic Cars” host, Wayne Carini; 24Hours of Lemons Chief Perpetrator, Jay Lamm; and a cast of other miscreants that decorum prevents the mentioning of in public.  The judges colluded as often as possible by accepting bribes from participants hoping to secure thrift store sourced trophies. The results of the rigged witch hunt were tabulated by Classic Motorsports Magazine publisher and Head Judge, Tim Suddard, using a Curta Calculator, quadratic equations and lots of grain alcohol.  A flim-flam awards ceremony followed, during which a 1977 AMC Gremlin, owned by Jim Callahan of Oakland, CA, that had been modified to resemble a Zimmer was awarded the coveted “Worst of Show” trophy. Jim and the Gremlin were then showered in Silly String by the adulatory crowd. Classic Motorsports Magazine and Hagerty Insurance inexplicably sponsor the whole debacle, so its really all their fault.

all photos © Howard Koby

Worst Of Show
Asher Schlusselberg El Paso, TX/Jim Callahan Oakland, CA 1977 AMC Gremlin


Rust Belt American Junk – GM
Dave McCabe Saratoga, CA  1951 Cadillac

Rust Belt Amercan Junk – MOPAR
Jason Henderson Sacramento, CA 1974 Plymouth Satellite

Rust Belt American Junk -Ford
Walt Ogden Oakdale, CA 1925 rusty T-Bucket

Rust Belt Amercan Junk – Other
Shelby Wright San Jose, CA 1983 AMC Eagle Wagon

German Cars
Randy Carlson Aguanga, CA 1960 VW Beetle

Benjamin Brandt Sand City, CA 1995 Nissan Altima

Drew Barker Hollister, CA 1971 MG MGB GT

Roelof Pot Santa Cruz, CA 1966 Citroen 2CV

Daniel Harrison California 1962 Volvo PV 544

Kommunist Kar
Carl Schubert La Honda, California IFA F9

Alberto Massarotto San Jose, CA 1984 Fiat Ritmo Cabrio

Chronic Dick Teague Syndrome
John Johnston Aptos, CA 1974 AMC Gremlin

Worst Ecological Disaster
Sean Rigmaiden Seaside, CA 1978 Volvo 242

Sight for Sour Eyes
Craig Weslin California 1976 Chevy Vega

Best Back Seat 
Milton Seaton Seaside, Ca 1996 Toyota Rav4

Driving On A Prayer 
Jason Simms Berkeley, CA 1987 Jag XJS V12 

Slightly Better than a Go Kart 
Tony Bird   San Diego, CA 1979 Volvo 244

Concours d’Lemons Michigan 2018 – Photos and “Winners”

Posted August 2, 2018

Hoopties, janky creations and obscure iterations of horrible cars took the verdant fairways at the Inn at St John’s in Plymouth, MI for the 4th annual Concours d’Lemons Michigan on July 28, 2018. “It just keeps getting bigger and stupider ever year,” beamed self-proclaimed Concours d’Lemons “Head Gasket” Alan Galbraith as he pondered participation in the event doubling over last year’s eye searing display of automotive mediocrity. “The Detroit area is rife with extremely nice examples of some of the American auto industry’s biggest mistakes, and they are showing up in force at the Concours d’Lemons.” Throngs of spectators marveled at the breadth and depth of four wheeled unpleasantness while politely laughing at Galbraith’s recycled jokes at the awards Ceremony.

Jim Eby took home the “Driving on a Prayer” special class trophy for completing the first 1500-mile leg from Florida to Michigan of his 8000-mile round trip quest to visit every Concours d’Lemons in America while driving a largely original 1919 Franklin purchased new by his grandfather. Jim is going to present the trophy to his 95-year-old father, who also took long road trips in the Franklin when he inherited it.  Coveted “Worst of Show” honors went to Will Door of Westland, MI for his flame spitting 1949/50 Rat Rod Truck/Hearse. A full list of winners can be found below and remember, Hagerty Insurance sponsors this whole debacle, so really, it is all their fault.

Worst of Show – Will Door, Westland, MI 1949/50 Rat Rod Truck/Hearse

Rust Belt American Junk (GM)
– Thomas Walters, 1987 Pontiac Fiero

Rust Belt American Junk (Ford)
  – Steven Roth, Farmington Hills, MI 1951 Ford Shoebox

Rust Belt American Junk (Other)
– Frank Schwartz, Davisberg, MI 1972 Dodge Coronet Wagon

Rueful Britannia
– Ryan Parkinson, 1973 Triumph Stag

Needlessly Complex Italian –
Frank Schwartz, Ann Arbor, MI 1974 Fiat 124

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance
– Scott Sheridan, Pleasant Ridge, MI 1988 Suzuki Samurai

Unmitigated Gaul
– Andrew Dawson, Royal Oak, MI. 1992 Puegeot 505 DL Wagon

Swedish Meatballs
– Keith Price, Ferndale, MI 1994 Saab Convertible

Der SelfSatisifiedKrautenWagon
– Britany Sarkozi, Allen Park, MI 1966 VW Beetle

Kommunist Kar
– William Treid, Royal Oak, MI 1976 Lada 2101

Sight for Sour Eyes
– Brett Scott, Pleasant Ridge, MI 1997 Alfa Spider

Chronic Dick Teague Syndrome
– Justin LaPoint, Livonia, MI 1982 AMC Concord Wagon

Driving on a Prayer
– Jim Eby, Redington Beach, FL 1919 Franklin 9A

Slightly Better than a Go Kart
– Mike Austin, Ann Arbor, MI 1991 Honda Beat

Best Back Seat – Ryan Walch-Potter, Wayne, MI 1992 Ford F250