Hoopties of all descriptions dripped oil at Comerica Park on Sept. 17, 2022 at the Detroit Concours d’Lemons showcasing the Oddball, Mundane and Truly Awful of the Automotive World as part of Hagerty’s Cars and Community event. Owners offered up bribes to capricious celebrity judges in hopes of taking home dollar store sourced trophies in hilarious categories. “Being in the heart of the Motor City it is no surprise that The Rust Belt American Junk classes are particularly well represented with some terrible cars,” observed the event’s “Head Gasket” Alan Galbraith. After careful consideration of condition, design and quality of bribes offered, the judges awarded Stephen Lyman’s pristine, triple Avocado green, 1978 Dodge Omni “Worst of Show” honors. “We couldn’t be prouder that what was once voted ‘Car of the Year’ in 1978 by Motor Trend continues to win praise,” beamed Lyman, “particularly since it is at the Concours d’Lemons.”
Not to be outdone other classes had some terrible standouts like the Rueful Britannia, with one car that had on fire within the last 24 hours, and an Panhard in the Unmitigated Gaul French class that broke an exhaust header on the way to the show. Rarity and uniqueness were also on display with a one of five in the world 1963 International Scout 80 Camper Deluxe and 34-foot-long custom van from Canada. “Downtown Detroit has once again become of vibrant and beautiful place, and the Concours d’Lemons helps share the love this city has for all automobiles, and leave just a little oil stain on it to keep it grounded in its roots,” laughed Galbraith.