Concours d’Lemons Down Under 2018 – Photos

Posted October 5, 2018

Despite the best efforts of the Australian authorities, Concours d’Lemons Down Under took place at the Torrens Parade Grounds, in Adelaide, SA on Sept. 29, 2018. This second iteration of the show saw increased participation in nearly every category, with particularly fierce competition for the Kobbled Together Aussie Kangaroo Kart class. In classic Australian fashion when it was all done and dusted, the “winners” and losers congratulated each other and retreated to a pub for a few pints and to watch the Footy Grand Finals. Photos by Symon’s Pics, Cars Around Adelaide and The Concours d’Lemons Head Gasket, Alan Galbraith. Cheers Mate.

Photos by Symon’s Photos, Cars Around Adelaide and Concours d’Lemons Head Gasket, Alan Galbraith


WORST OF SHOW – Ross Smith – Datsun 280C (Japan)

 

RUST BELT AMERICAN JUNK (USA) – Andy Miller – Ford Country Squire

UNMITIGATED GAUL (France) – Phil Thompson – Renault R8

RUEFUL BRITANNIA (Great Britain) – Gordon Cowley – CowleyFordson Tow Motor

NEEDLESSLY COMPLEX ITALIAN (Italy) – David Nelson – Fiat Topolino

DER SELF-SATISFIED KRAUTTENWAGEN (Germany) – Paul Geiger – Volkswagen Beetle

SOUL-SUCKING JAPANESE APPLIANCE (Japan) – Scott Rankine – Suzuki Mighty Boy

SWEDISH MEATBALLS (Sweden) – Brad Berry – Volvo 242GT

WARSAW PACT (Czech Republic) – Tyson Boyce – Skoda Rapide

KOBBLED TOGETHER AUSSIE KANGAROO KARTS (Australia) – Jodie Murrin – Holden Camira

Concours d’Lemons CA 2018 – Photos

Posted August 30, 2018

The Concours d’Lemons once again lowered property values during the otherwise high rent 2018 Monterey Auto Week. Over 100 Oddball, Mundane and Truly Awful cars littered the verdant lawn of Seaside City Hall on Aug. 25, 2018 to the delight of a record crowd consisting of billionaires and parolees alike. The all-star judging crew included such notable personalities as Formula 1/Indy500/LeMans/Bathhurst/Nascar driver and commentator, David Hobbs; Nascar commentator, Mike Joy; Amelia Island Concours Founder, Bill Warner; Nascar Crew Chief, Ray Everham; “Chasing Classic Cars” host, Wayne Carini; 24Hours of Lemons Chief Perpetrator, Jay Lamm; and a cast of other miscreants that decorum prevents the mentioning of in public.  The judges colluded as often as possible by accepting bribes from participants hoping to secure thrift store sourced trophies. The results of the rigged witch hunt were tabulated by Classic Motorsports Magazine publisher and Head Judge, Tim Suddard, using a Curta Calculator, quadratic equations and lots of grain alcohol.  A flim-flam awards ceremony followed, during which a 1977 AMC Gremlin, owned by Jim Callahan of Oakland, CA, that had been modified to resemble a Zimmer was awarded the coveted “Worst of Show” trophy. Jim and the Gremlin were then showered in Silly String by the adulatory crowd. Classic Motorsports Magazine and Hagerty Insurance inexplicably sponsor the whole debacle, so its really all their fault.

all photos © Howard Koby



Worst Of Show
Asher Schlusselberg El Paso, TX/Jim Callahan Oakland, CA 1977 AMC Gremlin

“Winners”

Rust Belt American Junk – GM
Dave McCabe Saratoga, CA  1951 Cadillac

Rust Belt Amercan Junk – MOPAR
Jason Henderson Sacramento, CA 1974 Plymouth Satellite

Rust Belt American Junk -Ford
Walt Ogden Oakdale, CA 1925 rusty T-Bucket

Rust Belt Amercan Junk – Other
Shelby Wright San Jose, CA 1983 AMC Eagle Wagon

German Cars
Randy Carlson Aguanga, CA 1960 VW Beetle

Japanese
Benjamin Brandt Sand City, CA 1995 Nissan Altima

English
Drew Barker Hollister, CA 1971 MG MGB GT

French
Roelof Pot Santa Cruz, CA 1966 Citroen 2CV

Swedish
Daniel Harrison California 1962 Volvo PV 544

Kommunist Kar
Carl Schubert La Honda, California IFA F9

Italian
Alberto Massarotto San Jose, CA 1984 Fiat Ritmo Cabrio

Chronic Dick Teague Syndrome
John Johnston Aptos, CA 1974 AMC Gremlin

Worst Ecological Disaster
Sean Rigmaiden Seaside, CA 1978 Volvo 242

Sight for Sour Eyes
Craig Weslin California 1976 Chevy Vega

Best Back Seat 
Milton Seaton Seaside, Ca 1996 Toyota Rav4

Driving On A Prayer 
Jason Simms Berkeley, CA 1987 Jag XJS V12 

Slightly Better than a Go Kart 
Tony Bird   San Diego, CA 1979 Volvo 244


Concours d’Lemons GA 2018 – Winners and Pictures

Posted May 8, 2018

Braselton, GA, April 29, 2018
On a freshly paved patch of parking lot near the dumpsters in the Road Atlanta infield, hoopties, crap cans and automotive mistakes crowded into the already heavily attended Classic Motorsports Mitty Vintage Races Presented by Hagerty Insurance for the 2018 Georgia Concours d’Lemons. The record crowds were treated to automotive oddities and great stories alike. None more so that James Eby’s Worst of Show garnering 1919 Franklin Series 9b Touring. The well-worn and largely unrestored open touring car had been his grandfather’s first car and has remained in the family serving as both farm truck and daily driver for 100 years. Traveling at the blistering top speed approaching 45 miles per hour, James took nearly two days to drive his family heirloom Franklin the 500 miles from his home in Florida to the show. Progress was slowed even further by having to stop every 100 miles, remove the valve covers and oil the rockers and valve stems as the air-cooled franklin inline 6 has no top end oiling system. James intends to drive the Franklin to the Concours d’Lemons Michigan and Concours d’Lemons California. To see if James and the Franklin survive these ill-advised road trips, register your own hooptie and bring it to The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI on July 28, 2018 and/or Seaside City Hall in Seaside, CA on Aug. 25, 2018. We suggested he drive the Franklin to the Concours d’Lemons DownUnder in Adelaide, South Australia in Elder Park on Sept. 29, 2018, but Jim was afraid the open touring car wouldn’t seal up well enough to make for a dry, comfortable drive.

Concours d’Lemons Georgia 2018 “Winners”

Worst of Show – James Eby Redington Beach, Fl 1919 Franklin Series 9b Touring

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance – Jonathan Stancil, Lifted 1st series Miata

Rust Belt American Junk – Gene Felton (IMSA Champion and Trans Am winning driver), 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout Wagon

Rueful Britannia – Donald and Kathy Pritchard, 1973 Jensen Healy

Kommunist Kar – Vlad Pop, 1986 Trabant 601

French Legion of Horror – Steven Cripps, 2CV Citroen Custom

DerSelfSattisfiedKrautenWagen – Some guy in a Rusty BMW that happened to be driving by.


Jim Eby and his Worst of Show winning 1919 Franklin

Concours d’Lemons at HooptieCon CA 2018

Posted March 28, 2018

What happens when Billetproof, Concours d’Lemons, Radwood, Gambler 500 and Lemons Rally participants all get together at a 24Hour of Lemons race? HooptieCon is what happens. Brainchild of 24Hours of Lemons “Chief Perpetrator”, Jay Lamm, the inaugural HooptieCon at Sonoma Raceway on March 25, 2018 gathered all the misfit and oddball automotive events in one place to hilarious and amazingly fun result. While the usual whacky and terrible $500 Lemons race cars hurtled around Sonoma Raceway’s famed 2.52 mile road course shedding parts, spectators could take in traditional hot rods and customs (Billetproof), the worst of the automotive world (Concours d’Lemons), ‘80s and ‘90s cars complete with period dress, music and video games (Radwood), and ill-advised on and off road rally vehicles (Gambler 500 and Lemons Rally). As if half serious, half comical racing and all the oddball car shows weren’t enough, there was an Engine Heat BBQ Cook Off, a Crap-Cannes Film Festival and parade laps of the track for show participants. While judging the Cook Off, Alan Galbraith, self-described “Head Gasket” for Billetproof and Concours d’Lemons, remarked “Hands down, the best meal I’ve ever had cooked using only endurance racing-generated engine heat.”

To cap off what was an already full day of automotive fun, Radwood and the Concours d’Lemons bestowed Best and Worst of show honors/horrors to lucky/unlucky participants. Jon Sohaei took home Radwood’s Best of Show for displaying a very rad 80’s Lamborghini Jalpa, while the owner of the 1990 Cadillac Allante that took home the Concours d’Lemons Worst of Show trophy wished to remain anonymous, lest he be kicked out of the inexplicably fustian Allante Owners Club. “It is a day filled with automotive fun and idiocy, and we are just dumb enough to do it again next year,” remarked Jay Lamm.

Worst of Show winning 1990 Allante

Concours d’Lemons Georgia 2017 Photos

Posted May 5, 2017

Have you ever used the words “Over-restored Cosworth Vega” in a sentence? Neither had we until the 2017 Georgia Concours d’Lemons. While the rainy weather kept many from showing up the Cosworth Vega club showed up in strength. Tim Seaman took home “Worst of Show” honors with his “Over-restored Cosworth Vega”, becasue who does that to a Cosworth Vega? We are glad someone did. American Rustbelt Junk honors went to Kelly Ott and his lengthy 1977 Lincoln Continental Town car. The French Legion of Horror award was taken home by a Citroën 2CV that stayed at home… it couldn’t mkae it up a steep rain slicked driveway. After all the awards were given out the assembled crowd stayed under cover in the Grassroots Motorsports tent and exchanged stories of using their Hagerty Insurance roadside assistance services.