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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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February 12, 2020

Concours d’Lemons Florida: Reserve Your Show Spot, Be Internet-Notorious

We’re coming to Florida with our (very) special brand of crappy car show. Yes, it’s the Concours d’Lemons Florida at Amelia Island on March 7, 2020.

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February 5, 2020

10 Years Later: Freezing in South Carolina, 2010

We’ve been racing at one of our favorite tracks, Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina, since the earliest days of the series; the ninth-ever 24 Hours of Lemons race took place at CMP in July of 2008. We were idiots to race hooptie cars in sweltering South Carolina in midsummer, of course, and so our […]

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January 31, 2020

Deal’s Gap & Lemons Crap: Day 3 of the Retreat From Moscow Rally

Deal’s Gap and much more of Appalachia…It must be Day 3 of the 2020 Retreat From Moscow Rally. The end is nigh for the rally and possibly its cars.

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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 24, 2020

First Responder Day: NOLA Race to Include Car Show, Food Trucks, and More

Lemons and USMC Racing celebrate First Responder contributions at the upcoming Cain’t Get Bayou race at NOLA Motorsports Park, March 28-29.

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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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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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December 4, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Lemons Gifts That Don’t Suck (Probably)

Looking for a holiday gift for that special Lemons racer in your life? We offer some (maybe) helpful suggestions for a Lemons-tacular holiday.

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November 21, 2019

Arse-Freeze-Apalooza 2009: 10 Years Later

We look back to the third Arse-Freeze race at Thunderhill, now 10 years behind us and featuring a claimed V12 Mercedes, a rolled MGB, and more.

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November 20, 2019

Willow Springs ’20 Date Moves to March 28-29

We’ve moved our first Willow Springs date in 2020 back a few weeks to accommodate another series. Get the date and details here.

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November 8, 2019

Starion, Mitsubishi Pony of Effluence: Hella Sweet Car of the Week

How does a Japanese sports car win Lemons’ top honor? For starters, it’s a Mitsubishi. And the Starion hasn’t exactly been “good” at Lemons. Or anything.

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November 5, 2019

Squeeze ‘Em Again: 5 Crapcan Repeats Always Welcome in Lemons

Looking for a car that will get minimal scrutiny at Lemons BS Inspection? Here’s a list of crapcan candidates that we’re always happy to see.

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October 30, 2019

Hella Sweet Lemons Car of the Week: The Brown Rubber Soul Racing 1981 Mazda 626 Coupe

We at Lemons HQ spend a great deal of time arguing with one another about what vehicles we most want to see in a future race. Every so often, this debate results in a public proclamation with our latest Wish List— weird GM hatchbacks, say— and many of the more masochistic creative racers have stepped […]

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October 21, 2019

2020 Schedule Release: Lemons Rally, Concours d’Lemons, Lemons OZ/NZ

We give the rundown of the 2020 Schedule for Lemons’ Rally and Concours events in addition to our Southern Hemisphere version of crapcan racing.

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October 24, 2023

Lemons Releases 2024 Race and Rally Schedule

The 2024 Lemons race and rally schedule are out! Sign up for your 2024 Lemons events right now or plan to visit as a spectator.

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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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July 11, 2024

Element Fire Extinguishers to Sponsor “Combustion Crown”

Element Fire Extinguishers to Sponsor “Combustion Crown” at the Aug. 17, 2024 Concours d’Lemons Monterey, CA — July 11, 2024 — Just when you thought Monterey Auto Week couldn’t get any hotter, Element Fire Extinguishers has decided to turn up the heat by sponsoring the “Combustion Crown” award at the Concours d’Lemons for the car […]

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July 8, 2024

Legally Lemony – Brake Mistake: The Pedal to the Metal Audi Lawsuits

This story is brought to you by – Conn Law PC, a California-Based Consumer Protection Law Firm that focuses on Lemon Law and Auto Fraud In the glitzy, over-the-top 1980s, when Wall Street yuppies with slicked-back hair were snapping up luxury cars like they were going out of style, the Audi 5000 hit the American market. With its […]

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June 28, 2024

2024 Chattanooga Concours d’Lemons

The Concours d’Lemons returns to celebrate the Un-Best of the Automotive World at the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival on Sat. Oct. 12, 2024 in the West Village, Downtown Chattanooga, TN. Register your hooptie and get a pair of 3 day passes to the event. The event returns to a full show where capricious and bribery prone […]

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April 8, 2024

Conn Law, PC sponsors new trophy at 2024 California CdL

In what is perhaps the most fitting sponsorship ever, Conn Law, PC, a California-Based Consumer Protection Law Firm that focuses on Lemon Law and Auto Fraud will be presenting the “This Car Should Have Been a Lawsuit” Trophy at the 2024 California Concours d’Lemons, Aug. 17, 2024, at 440 Harcourt Ave, Seaside City Hall lawn during Monterey Auto Week. “The statute of limitations has long […]

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April 8, 2024

Oris – Official Timepiece of Concours d’Lemons CA 2024

Oris, an independent mechanical watch brand from Hölstein, Switzerland, is the official timepiece of the 2024 California Concours d’Lemons. Taking place August 17, 2024 at Seaside City Hall, at 4400 Harcourt Ave, Seaside, CA. the Concours d’Lemons brings a great car show with a bit of fun to an otherwise straight laced Monterey Auto Week. […]

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March 6, 2024

2024 Amelia Island Concours d’Lemons – Winners and Photos

The Concours d’Lemons returned the beach at Main beach Park on March 1, 2024, as part of Classic Motorsports Magazine Amelia Kick-Off party.  The event included a sports car show, celebrity panel discussion and the Concours d’Lemons. The pouring rain did not deter hooptie owners or spectators from showing up and having a great time […]

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August 24, 2023

2023 California Concours d’Lemons – Photos & Winners

For the 14th time the Concours d’Lemons rumbled into Monterey Auto Week, leaking oil and spreading smiles on the lawn of Seaside City Hall on Aug. 19, 2023. Hoopties of every description thrilled a record crowd of crap car connoisseurs as bribery prone celebrity judges awarded thrift store sources trophies. The judges loved the heartwarming […]

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March 7, 2023

2023 Amelia Concours d’Lemons – Winners and Photos

The Concours d’Lemons sputtered onto the 1st Fairway of the Amelia Island Golf Club on March 4, 2023, as part of Hagerty’s The Amelia event that included a high end concours, Cars and Community with Lemons and RadWood. Hoopties of every description from all over the southeast were subject to a drenching when a passing […]

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February 8, 2023

2022 Amelia Concours d’Lemons – Winners and Photos

The 2022 Concours d’Lemon Amelia Island took place on the 1st Fairway of the Amelia Island Golf Club, as part of Hagerty‘s Cars and Community, a saturday morning prequel to the famed The Amelia concours the following day. The Concours d’Lemons was situated next to the spectator shuttle bus stop, ensuring the thousands who entered the […]

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