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March 4, 2020

Very Pointless: Lemons’ First Visit to Sonoma, 10 Years Later

We’re looking back at races from a decade ago. Next up is the 2010 Sears Pointless race, Lemons’ first visit to California Wine Country.

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February 26, 2020

Racing the Clock: 24 Hours to Thrash a Hyundai Scoupe and Subaru XT Into Running

The Most Heroic Fix award has long been part of 24 Hours of Lemons tradition, but many times we have multiple teams deserving of the award and the others don’t get much recognition. At the 2015 Doin’ Time in Joliet race, two teams spent just about the entire weekend in a panic-stricken frenzy to make […]

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February 24, 2020

Malaise Era Six: A Lemons Wish List of Slow, Unsteady Fords

The Malaise Era is rich with true Lemons content. Ford in particular had some delightful Malaise Erea hoopties that are Lemons Ready.

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February 20, 2020

Gator-O-Rama 2010: One Race, A Bounty of Bad Ideas in Houston

We look back to Gator-O-Rama a decade ago a MSR Houston: the Fall Guy, a skunky Le Car, surprising winners, and so very many bad ideas.

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February 18, 2020

Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week: The “Alpine 210” of the Mulsanne Straightjackets

We’re back with another Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week, this time with the Organizer’s Choice winner from the 2015 Doing Time In Joliet race. The Mulsanne Straightjackets built this beautiful replica of a 1966 Alpine A210, of Le Mans fame, and it ran flawlessly for most of the weekend at our race. The […]

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February 18, 2020

Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week: EAT ME Volvo Birthday Cake

When we’re choosing the Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week, we tend to lean in the direction of serious body modifications or ill-advised engine swaps. We’ve got one of the former type for you today: the Too Stupid To Know Better Volvo 740, better known in Lemons circles as “The Birthday Cake.” We like […]

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February 13, 2020

Depreciation Specials: Chief Perp Drops by VINWiki Car Stories Again

Jay Lamm dropped by VINWiki to talk about severely depreciated luxury cars and some of the more spectacular expensive-when-new-but-now-trash cars in Lemons.

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February 13, 2020

Blown and Blown Up: The Supercharged Heroic Fix Camaro, Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week

What do you do when your supercharged Camaro is blown up and the replacement engine is an eight-hour round trip? Well, you go get it, duh.

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February 13, 2020

Retreat From Moscow 2020: The Winners

We give a rundown of the Retreat From Moscow Lemons Rally winners in 2020. Appalachia presents some awesome roads for cars, crappy or otherwise, turns out.

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January 30, 2020

Lemons Valet (What Could Go Wrong?): Photo Highlights From the Retreat From Moscow, Day 2

Valet your Lemons car? There’s no potential for failure there, surely. That was just one (mis)adventure from Day 2 of the Retreat From Moscow Rally.

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January 29, 2020

Winter Wonderland: Photo Highlights from the Retreat From Moscow, Day 1

Day 1 of the Retreat From Moscow Lemons Rally is in the books and we encountered a winter wonderland on the Maryland-West Virginia border.

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January 23, 2020

Arizona Misadventure: 10 Years After Lemons’ First Race in The Grand Canyon State

Ten years later, we revisit Lemons’ first trip to Arizona, which was mired by incredibly weird regional weather and the only time we’ve done timing by hand.

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January 17, 2020

Rules Changes 2020: Rookie Drivers Earn Bonus Points

We’ve made only a couple of minor tweaks to the 2020 Rules. Among them: a rookie driver on your team will score two extra championship points!

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January 16, 2020

White Pony Dry named ‘Desperately Needed Absorbent of Lemons’

You all spill lots of fluid everywhere and now we have an official fluid absorbent of Lemons. White Pony Dry can also clean fluids in many other venues.

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January 14, 2020

The Greatest New Lemons Cars of the 2019 Season

Some of the most terribly spectacular and spectacularly terrible 24 Hours of Lemons race cars that debuted during the 2019 season.

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January 9, 2020

VINwiki: Chief Perp Tells a Lemony Tale of Accidental Collector Car-ness

The Chief Perp Jay Lamm makes an appearance on VINwiki Stories. He talks about the (extremely) rare Lemons team that (accidentally) made money on their car.

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December 20, 2019

Champions of the Lemons World: Your 2019 Winners!

We give the rundown on Lemons’ national and regional champions (term used loosely) for 2019. ‘Twas a good year for crapcans.

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December 9, 2019

Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week: The Run-EXP 1982 Ford EXP

During the 1980s, when you wanted a two-seat version of a huge-selling and much-beloved subcompact, what car did you buy? For most people— boring people, that is— the answer was the Honda CRX, the shortened Civic. For those who wanted to roll in true Ford Escort style, there was the Ford EXP and its Mercury-badged […]

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October 12, 2022

Lemons Releases 2023 Race and Rally Calendars

It’s time for the Lemons 2023 schedule! Rallies and Races, get yourself signed up right now for next year!

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November 10, 2021

Lemons Rally: Six Events and a Rental Car Class for 2022

Lemons Rally brings a half-dozen road trips in 2022 as well as a new class just for Rental Cars. Get the details here!

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November 3, 2021

Halloween Meets Gasoline Prize: Cash & Trophy for Stupidity? You Bet.

“Halloween Meets Gasoline.” We’ve said it for years and now we’re putting our money where our mouth is. Theme hard, win cash. Simple enough.

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October 13, 2021

2022 Calendar: Lemons Announces 31-Event Calendar

2022 Calendar is out for the 24 Hours of Lemons, Lemons Rally, and Concours d’Lemons. See what’s happening in 2022!

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February 19, 2021

PittRace: 4 Great Lemons Cars From Our First Race in PA

We’re headed back to PittRace near Pittsburgh and Yinz need to see these awesome cars from our first PittRace visit.

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January 11, 2021

Barber Race, Retreat From Moscow Rally COVID’d

Due to COVID-19, Lemons will postpone our race at Barber and our season-opening Lemons Rally. Details within.

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December 4, 2020

2021 Lemons Rally: Schedule includes five crapcan rallies

2021 Lemons Rally schedule is out with a handful of fantastic roadtrips for you, your crapcan, and your friends/family/enemies.

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October 22, 2020

Lemons Releases 2021 Schedule

We’ve got the Lemons 2021 Schedules right here, hot and ready and mostly complete, even. Check it out and register early!

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August 11, 2020

Hell On Wheels California Lemons Rally: What You Need to Know!

It’s not too late to join the Hell on Wheels California Rally! Here’s what you need to know for this socially distanced crapcan roadtrip!

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January 25, 2023

2022 Detroit Concours d’Lemons – Photos and Winners

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 […]

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October 27, 2021

2021 Greenwich Concours d’Lemons – Winners and Photos

The inaugural Greenwich Concours d’Lemons clattered onto the waterfront green at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, as part of Hagerty’s Greenwich Concours weekend. A revised two-day format featured a full classic concours on Sunday and a less buttoned down gathering on Sat. that featured RadWood, Porschella and the oil burning, rust […]

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September 10, 2021

2021 California Concours d’Lemons – Photos and Winners

The Concours d’Lemons California came roaring back from quarantine with a field full of the worst cars imaginable. From a chop top KV Mini ! To a 1969 Toyota Corolla Wagon that was more rust than wagon the show offered much needed relief to the expensive and often pretentious Monterey Auto Week. Self proclaimed Concours […]

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July 27, 2021

2021 Concours d’Lemons Michigan – Pics and Winners

Thunderstorms of near biblical proportions forced the 2021 Concours d’Lemons off the sodden fairways of the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI and into parking lot behind the hotel, next to the dumpsters, where it really belonged. Crap cans from all over the midwest braved the damp weather and shared their hoopties with the […]

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June 21, 2021

Lemons Rally NorthWrecks 2021 – Pics and Winners

The inaugural Pacific NorthWrecks Lemons Rally sputtered and smoked its way across Washington and Oregon June 11-13, 2021. Participants in vehicles ill-suited to the nearly thousand-mile, three-day rally set off from Griot’s Garage Headquarters in Tacoma, WA, hoping to accumulate points by finding unique and humorous checkpoints outlined in a hastily prepared route book. Rally […]

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June 16, 2021

Concours d’Lemons NorthWorst 2021 – Winners and Photos

The inaugural Concours d’Lemons NorthWorst took place on June 12, 2021, at Griot’s Garage Headquarters in Tacoma, WA to the delight of hooptie fans all over the NorthWest. RattletTraps and RustBuckets gleamed in the rare northwest sunshine as a large crowd of bewildered spectators enjoyed stunning weather, great stories from the car’s owners and laughs […]

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June 2, 2021

Concours d’Lemons Florida 2021 – Photos and Video

The Concours d’Lemons returned to ruin the Amelia Island Concours weekend on May 22, 2021 at Main Beach Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida. A lighthearted spoof on high end concours, the Concours d’Lemons features the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world. Hoopties from all over the southeast rattled or were pushed into […]

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May 12, 2021

Inaugural P(into) G(remlin) A(mc) Miniature Golf Tournament

The Inaugural P(into) G(remlin) A(mc) Miniature Golf Tournament will take place during the 2021 Florida Concours d’Lemons on May 22, 2021 12noon-4pm at Main Beach Park, Fernandina Beach, FL. Each car entry will receive a token good for a round of miniature golf at the immediately adjacent Putt Putt Amelia Island course. Other shows happen […]

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March 19, 2021

Wrong Parts! – 1977 AMC Pacer

  Watch to find out which parts were wrong. It took us a little while to find out, but some of the parts we got to fix the 1977 Pacer were wrong.   Running for the first time – Episode 1 Driving for the first time – Episode 2 Big Problems – Episode 3 Wrong […]

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