2022 Greenwich Concours d’Lemons – Pics and Winners

Posted June 8, 2022

Hoopties of every description rolled onto the harbor-side lawn of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich CT for the 2022 Greenwich Concours d’Lemons. The tongue in cheek concours celebrating the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world is part of Hagerty’s reimagined Greenwich Concours. The two-day event consisted of a full classic concours on Sunday and Hagerty’s lighter hearted Cars and Community event on Saturday with Concours d’Lemons and RadWood. The later celebrating ‘80s and ‘90s cars, music and fashion.

“Even awful cars can be fun to own, drive and share,” stated the self-titled Lemons “Head Gasket”, Alan Galbraith. “and that is what Lemons is really all about. Spreading some smiles while making fun of yourself and your rust bucket.” The participating cars came in all shapes and sizes and states of repair. 6’ 7” tall Jack Meader drove his tiny 1992 Honda Today kei car from of Agawam, MA to the show. “Big guy, little car, always funny!” quipped Jack and he folded himself into the car to the crowd’s delight. A group of 15 high school students needed a vehicle with more room, so they bought a school bus and were working on at the show to make it a road trip vehicle as their summer senior project. “Nothing good will come of this and will probably keep a few of us from graduating, but it will be fun!” stated group spokesman Jack LeFeve.

Judging such an assemblage of vehicles is no small task and picking winners in categories such as “Best Back Seat” and “Needlessly Complex Italian” are complicated by participants who are encouraged to bribe the capricious judges in hopes of taking home dollar store soured trophies. Ed Welburn, former General Motors Vice President of Global Design when tasked with judging the “Rust Belt American Junk – GM” class stated. “All of the design sins of GM are coming back to haunt me.” There was a unanimous winner though, Bill Doyle spend three years on a no expense spared but and bolt restoration of his 1977 Ford Pinto Squire Wagon making it one of the finest Pinto’s on the planet. “The most common question I get is, ‘Why?’, I did it just because I love to car and want to share it with people.” They judges all agreed and conferred the ”Worst of Show” trophy to Bill to the delight of the large crowd of spectators.

The Concours d’Lemons is inexplicably sponsored by these otherwise respectable companies:
Hagerty
Griot’s Garage
Classic Motorsports Magazine

Worst of Show
Bill Doyle – 1977 Ford Pinto Squire Wagon


 

Rust Belt American Junk Other
Edwin Owen, David Geisinger, Aimee Cardwell 1982 HM Freeway

 

Rust Belt American Junk Mopar
Jacob Herman 2000 Dodge Van Conversion

 

Rust Belt American Junk Ford
Nathaniel Tabora 2011 Ford Crown Vic NYC Taxi


 

Rust Belt American Junk GM
James Brodowski 1999 Saturn SW2 and SC2


 

Unmitigated Gaul
Steve Radovanovich 1985 Renault Encore


 

Kommunist Kar
Luke Vancraeynest 1981 Trabant 601

 

Needlessly Complex Italian
Angela Randazzo 1987 Fiat X 1/9

 

DerSelfSatisfiedKrautenWagen
KC Masterson 1966 Split window bus

 

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance
Jack Meader 1992 Honda Today


 

Best Back Seat
Jack LaFeve 2002 GM School Bus


 

Sight for Sour Eyes
Michael Meichsner 1969 Rat Rod Bug

 

Participation Award
Max Dymerski 1999 Saturn 5 rocket Car

 

Slightly Better than a Go Kart
Chris Martin 2000 Geo Metro

 

Driving on a Prayer
Erik Hunter 1988 Elegant Motors Lamborghini Replica

2021 Greenwich Concours d’Lemons – Winners and Photos

Posted October 27, 2021

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 crumbling hoopties of the Concours d’Lemons. Good examples of bad cars and bad examples of good cars thrilled the crowd while wild eyed owners extolled the virtues of their crap cans to anyone who dared get close enough.

Connie Rainey of Glastonbury, CT took home “Worst of Show” honors with her showroom condition 1978 Ford Pinto. Connie restored the diminutive pony car after determining the tangerine color and “Alpine Plaid” interior were too rare a combo to be used as a parts car for their 24Hours of Lemons Pinto racing effort.  As part of the restoration Connie swapped in a 2.3L turbo charged motor from a mid 1980’s Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, doubling the Pinto’s horsepower. The ill-advised engine swap, restoring a car that most would rather scrap and providing the judges with “fireball” themed bribes earned Connie top honors and one of the show’s thrift store sourced trophies.   

The Concours d’Lemons is inexplicably sponsored by these otherwise respectable companies:
Hagerty
eBay Motors
Griot’s Garage
Classic Motorsports Magazine

Worst of Show
Connie Rainey – Glastonbury, CT – 1978 Ford Pinto

 

Rust Belt American Junk – GM
James Brodowski – Cranford, NJ – 1997 Pontiac Sunfire


 

Rust Belt American Junk – Ford
Thomas Hart – Harvard, MA – 2011 Ford Crown Victoria


 

Rust Belt American Junk – Other
Mark Johnson – New Britain, CT – 1965 King Midget


 

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance
Jeremy James – Oswego, NY – 1992 Honda Beat


 

Der Self-SatisfiedKrauttenWagen
Travis Washay – Milford, CT – 1960 Goggomobil T250


 

Unmitigated Gaul
Jeffrey Brown – Delmar, NY – 1986 Citroen CX/Heuliez Quasar ambulance


 

Needlessly Complex Italian
Chris Martin – Windham, NH – 1987 Maserati 425 Biturbo


 

Rueful Britannia
Charles Waugh – Ansonia, CT – 1974 1/2 MG  MGB GT



                                                           

Slightly Better Than a go Kart
Erik Koniger – Thomaston, CT  – 1982 Mercedes 300d

 

Sight For Sour Eyes
Jeannette Lenzen – Shelton, CT – 1989 Ford Taurus SHO


 

Best Back Seat
John Sharkey – West Islip, NY – 1991 Nissan Serena


 

Driving on a Prayer
Max Dymerski – Shelton, CT – 2000 Nissan Maxima

Concours d’Lemons NorthWorst 2021 – Winners and Photos

Posted June 16, 2021

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 and smiles for everyone. The Lemons Rally, a rally for those not content with a static display of their Crap Can, sputtered and smoked their way into the show for a short stint before setting off on a wild goose chase beyond cellular service range in the wilds of eastern Washington.  

Capricious celebrity judges accepted bribes before handing out dollar store sourced trophies in categories like “Rust Belt American Junk”, “Needlessly Complex Italian”, and the coveted top prize “Worst of Show”. The spectators laughed along with self-proclaimed Concours d’Lemons Head Gasket, Alan Galbraith during the awards ceremony. “We knew there are some terrible cars in the NorthWest, but we had no idea they would be this bad,” wondered Galbraith. “Fortunately, Griot’s Garage has car care products that can help even these wrecks,” Galbraith mused while presenting homemade plaques to class winners and a Gritot’s Garage car care product assortment to Steve Walker of Shoreline, WA and his “Worst of Show” winning 1948 Diamond T Boat Tail Speedster. “It used to be a chevy van before I started modifying it so people would stop asking me to help them move,” proudly stated Walker who then mused, “perhaps I got carried away.”

The Concours d’Lemons celebrates the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world at five major events in the United States and one in Australia. The Lemons Rally is a series of hastily planned and loosely organized rallies where participants drive cars ill-suited for the task to heck and back looking for humorous checkpoints. Schedules for upcoming events, pictures and videos of past events can be found at http://www.concoursdlemons.com and https://24hoursoflemons.com/lemons-rally/

Worst of Show – Steve Walker, Shoreline, WA 1948 Diamond T Boat Tail Speedster

 

Rust Belt American Junk (GM) – Dominic Rivard, Vancouver, WA, 1970 Pontiac Catalina Sedan

 

Rust Belt American Junk (Ford) – 1958 Edsel Wagon

Rust Belt American Junk (Mopar) – Vincent McDonald, Tacoma, WA, 1968 Dodge D200 Truck

 

Rust Belt American Junk (Other) – D2K Motors, Olympia, WA, 1950 Nash Coupe

 

Rueful Britannia – D2K Motors, Olympia, WA, 1960 Morris Minor

 

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance – Ranger, Planet Earth, 1980 Toyota Truck

 

Wonders of the Korean Peninsula – William Isselesh, 2105 Kia Optima

 

 

Swedish Meatballs – Two winners – William Lockner, 1975 Volvo 245 Wagon
Mateo Morales – 9189 Saab 900



Der SelfSatisifiedKrautenWagon – Lin Quidel, Poulsbo, WA, 2019 VW Turbo Beetle Covid Cruiser



Needlessly Complex Italian – Rich Griot, Tacoma, WA, Fiat Jolly

Unmitigated Gaul – Rich Griot, Tacoma, WA, Citroën Méhari 

 

1977 Pacer – 1st drive in 20+ years

Posted January 11, 2021

Alan Galbraith, Head Gasket at the Concours d’Lemons, teams up with the California Automobile Museum to put cars from their collection back on the road. This 1977 Pacer has been sitting for 20 years and needs a little bit of work to get On the Road Again. After the Museum’s Pit Crew got the car running in Episode 1 it was time for Alan to get certified to take the car to events by the Road Crew.

Running for the first time – Episode 1 – https://youtu.be/rOyBe2EhedU

Big Problems – Episode 3 – https://youtu.be/zO5P7lqPqY8

owed Home – Episode 4 – https://youtu.be/jExQHz4j3uc

1989 Chrysler’s TC by Maserati – https://youtu.be/xzJWpSbmamk

Virtually Awful Concours d’Lemons Judging

Posted July 30, 2020

 

 

What is it like to judge the Virtually Awful Concours d’Lemons? here is a behind the scenes look.

https://community.hagerty.com/t5/concours-d-lemons/bd-p/concours-dlemons

Brought to you by:

Hagerty – https://www.hagerty.com/
Classic Motorsports Magazine – https://classicmotorsports.com/
eBay motors link – https://ebayvehicle.com/app/CDLemons
Griot’s Garage – https://www.griotsgarage.com/

Judges –
Jello Biafra – Dead Kennedeys lead singer
John Oates – Hall and Oates singer/guitar player
Brian Johnson – AC/DC lead singer
Jason Camisa – Hagerty
Jonathan Stein – Hagerty
Tim Mcnair – World renown detailer
Corky Coker – Honest Charlie Hot Rod Parts
David Wallens – Classic Motorsports Magazine
Richard Griot – Griot’s Garage
McKeel Hagerty – Hagerty
Mike Joy – NASCAR Announcer
Myron Vernis – Car Collector
Brad Phillips – Hagerty
Chris Brewer – Amelia Island Concours
David Lillywhite – Editor, Magneto Magazine
Jonny Lieberman – Motor Trend
Bill Warner – Amelia Island Concours
David Hobbs – Formula 1 Driver
Ray Evernham – NASCAR Crew Chief
Tommy Kendall – Race Driver
Rob Moran – Mercedes Benz USA
Vu Nguyen – Porsche Club of America
Stella Koch – Environmentalist
Scott Hughes – BMW CCA
Tom Cotter – The Barn Find Hunter
Tom Knudsen – Japanese Car Collector
Gayle Brock – BRE Racing
Peter Brock – Legendary car designer, BRE Racing
Lindsey Harrell – Hilton Head Concours
Mark Vargas – Revs Institute
Eric Petersen – Leydon Restorations
Kevin Noel – Concours d’Lemons Down Under
Gregg Park – Car Curator
Jay Lamm – 24Hour of Lemons Chief Perpetrator
JG Pasterjak – Classic Motorsports Magazine

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