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:
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


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

2022 Amelia Island Concours d’Lemons – Photos and Winners

Posted March 19, 2022

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 and RadWood were a very popular addition to the sold out Cars and Coffee event. The Concours d’Lemons was situated next to the spectator shuttle bus stop, ensuring the thousands who entered the show started the day off with a smile and possibly a case of tetanus. Participants came from as far away as Austin, TX and Baltimore, MD to join the assemblage of local Floridian automotive atrocities. Worst of Show honors went to Nathan Renstrom and his 1986 Ford NautiTruck. The frankenstein-esque creating is the unholy marriage of an abandoned Ski Nautique boat and a $400 Ford F150, because, Florida. 

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

Worst of Show
Nathan Renstrom – Jacksonville, FL –  1986 Ford NautiTruck


Rust Belt American Junk – GM
Best Back Seat

Stephen Spudic – 1996 Geo Metro Truck


Rust Belt American Junk – Ford
Dillon Mathie – Brunswick, GA – 1978 Mercury Grand Marquiss


Rust Belt American Junk – Mopar
Neil Classon – Jacksonville, FL – 1996 Dodge B3500 Van


Rust Belt American Junk – Other
Courtney Rivers – Austin, TX – 1950 Studebaker



Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance
Timothy Davis – Taylors, SC – 1994 Suzuki Joy Pop

Swedish Meatballs
Ken Thompson – Jacksonville, FL -1989 Volvo 240



Der Self-SatisfiedKrauttenWagen
Enrique Martinez – 1979 Mercedes 300D



Needlessly Complex Italian
Howard Stanton  – Winston-Salem, NC – Lamborghini Urraco


Rueful Britannia
Leandra Lynuick – Jacksonville, FL – 1976 MGB


Slightly Better Than a go Kart
Jeff Stoyer – Homossasa, FL –  VW Gomers Pile


Sight For Sour Eyes
John Johnston – 1974 AMC Gremlin


Driving on a Prayer
Dana Hiliker – Ocala, FL –  2002 Honda Rebel


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:
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

2021 California Concours d’Lemons – Photos and Winners

Posted September 10, 2021

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 “Head Gasket” Alan Galbraith proclaimed, “This is our biggest and dumbest show yet. The cars are truly terrible and everyone is having a great time at the show.” Griot’s Garage offered winners in each category a car care product gift basket that most sorely needed. eBay Motors gave class winners a $100 gift card and the coveted “Worst of Show” winner a $700 gift card, which in most cases would double or triple the value of the cars involved. 

Daniel Shanahan’s 1958 VW “Horse” took home the “Worst of Show” honors. Basically a horse fashioned from an oil barrel loosely fastened to a VW chassis it was built by a VW dealer out of a 1958 VW Bug to promote car sales. The Driver/Rider sits in the saddle, steers with the bridle and brakes with the stirrups. It is VERY prone to wheelie, hard to control and insanely dangerous. Dennis sold it at the show and is donating all of the proceeds to a cancer charity.

Worst of Show – 1958 VW Horse, Daniel Shanahan, Sebastapool, CA
Rust Belt American Junk – Ford – 1980 Ford Fiesta, Tyle Gange, Oakland, CA
Rust Belt American Junk – GM – 1946 Chevy 1.5 Ton Truck, Mathew Morillo, Pacific Grove, CA

Rust Belt American Junk – Mopar – 1994 Dodge Caravan, Linas Violeta, Scotts Valley, CA

Rust Belt American Junk – Other – 1975 PPV Pedal Car, Jeff Niles, Salinas, CA

Unmitigated Gaul – 1963 Facellia, Dana Shatts, Torrance, CA

Needlessly Complex Italian – 1969 Auto Bianchi, Greg Smedsrud, Battle Lake, MN

Kommunist & Korean – 2005 Hyundia Elantra, Karl Deerdorf, San Lius Obisbo, CA

Swedish Meatballs – 1984 Volvo 245, Eric Ebberoth, Seaside, CA

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance – 1967 Honda Sport 800, Matt Spielberg, Castro Valley, CA

Rueful Britania – 1970 Austin Healey Sprite, Tommy O’Brien, Aptos, CA
DerSelfSatisfiedKrautenWagen – 1969 VW Bus, John O’Leary, Seaside, CA
Slightly Better Than a Go-kart – 1973 KV Mini One, Steven Mandell, Claremont, CA

Best Back Seat – 1966 Corvair Limo, Jim Asher, Oakland, CA

Driving on a Prayer – 1969 Toyota Corolla, Anthony Pagels, Salinas, CA
Sight for Sour Eyes – 2005 Mini, Randy Johnson, Pacific Grove, CA
Ecological Disaster – 1960 Studebaker Champ, Don Pereira, Gilroy, CA
Chronic Dick Teague Syndrome – 1977 AMC Pacer, Jim Wright, San Jose, CA

Participation – 1981 Chrysler Imperial, Will Hughes, San Jose, CA

2021 Concours d’Lemons Michigan – Pics and Winners

Posted July 27, 2021

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 appreciative spectators. The celebrity judges accepted bribes ranging from gas station sourced hors d’eouvres to the finest of Wisconsin Bourbon. Once the judges sobered up, and the results were tabulated, a flim-flam awards ceremony distributed dollar store sourced trophies to the winners. Sponsor eBayMotors provided $100 gift cards to class winners and a $200 gift card to Scott Dolmage of Berkley, MI for his “Worst of Show” winning 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD. The AWD Pontiac is one of only 2000 or so made, one of 10 or so left in the world and is the nicest one in existence. 

The event crew from Hagerty deserve a standing ovation for moving the show on a moment’s notice and making it all possible. As always, the Concours d’Lemons events are inexplicably brought to you by Hagerty, eBayMotors, Griots Garage and Classic Motorsports Magazine

Worst of Show – Scott Dolmage Berkley, MI 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD

Rust Belt American Junk – Ford  – Chris Desmond, Long Island, NY, 1986 Mercury Marquis

Rust Belt American Junk – GM – Eric Gaudos, Hanover Park , IL 1990 Olds Cierra El Camino

Rust Belt American Junk – Other – Jeffery Aldow, Plymouth, MI, 1958 Edsel Corasir

Rust Belt American Junk – Mopar – Bill Jenkins, Harford, PA 1958 Chrysler Saratoga

Rueful Britania – Brock Dittrick, Highland, MI 1960 MG Magnette

Swedish Meetballs – Luke Systma, Grand Rapids, MI – 1979 Volvo 242 GT

Italian –  Kenny  Henja, Buffalo, New York, 1992 Cadillac Allante

Kommunist Kar – William Treob, Royal Oak, MI  1976 Lada 2101 

German – Mike Recker, Plymouth, MI 2004 Volkswagon Golf

Japanese – Ryan Clair, Toledo, OH, 1990 CRX HF

Slightly Better Than a Go Kart – Alex Lebean, Hopkins, MI – 2009 Smart Car

Best Back Seat – Jeff Morey lake Leelanua, MI 1996 Cadillac Hearse