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