Concours d’Lemons Florida 2020 – Pictures and Video

Posted March 12, 2020
The Concours d’Lemons Florida 2020 took place on March 7, just down the road and the day before the Amelia Island Concours. “We had hoped to hold the event on the green on Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours location, but out of concern not for Corona Virus, but rather Corolla Virus and Tetanus we self quarantined the world’s leading hooptie car concours to an empty lot out by the airport,” commented Concours d’Lemons self proclaimed Head Gasket, Alan Galbraith. The fear of rust induced infection did not deter a record crowd of participants and spectators from attending the crap car showcase. “I figured if I survived the drive here in this pile of junk, nothing could hurt me,” quipped one participant getting out of a VW Bus so rusty one could see the road through the floorboards. Hagerty Insurance was on hand to offer all road side assistance packages should any of the cars in vulnerable condition fall ill on the drive home.  Griot’s Garage offered all samples of their car hygiene products designed to stave off tetanus causing rust formation. Classic Motorsports Magazine offered issues of their magazine filled with how to articles on keeping your classic, or hooptie, in good health. 
Worst of Show honors were taken home by Gregory Mason of Jacksonville, FL for showing his rare 5 speed equipped 1986 Cadillac Cimarron, one of only four produced that year. The bad(ge) engineered Cimarron commanded a $5000 premium over the similarly equipped Chevy Cavalier on which it was based. In 1986 only four manual Cimarron’s were produced and denying explanation, Gregory Mason’s survived in fairly good shape to be displayed to the astonishment of judges and spectators alike. 

Worst of Show – Gregory Mason Jacksonville Florida 1986 Cadillac Cimarron 5 Speed

Driving on a Prayer – Michael Shore, Amelia Island, Florida 1972 VW Bug
Best Back Seat – Mike Domke, Tampa, FL 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlas Supreme Cruiser

Slightly Better Than a Go-Kart – Jeff Lane, Memphis, TN 1952 Kleinschnittger


Participation Award – Charles Dulisnky, Orange Park, FL 1991 Honda Civic


Sight for Sour Eyes – Dillon Mathis Atlanta, GA 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis


Der-SelfSatisfiedKrautenWagen – Chris McComas, Fernandina Beach, FL 1976 VW Bus Camper


Unmitigated Gaul – Mark Lizewskie, Harrisburg, PA 2008 Smart FourTwo


Rueful Britannia – Susan Taylor, Fernandina Beach, FL 1961 Triumph TR3

SoulSucking Japanese Appliance – Celesta Bose’s La Cañada, CA 1971 Honda Vanos

Kommunist Kar – JR Frey, Lakewood Beach, FL 1990 Yugo Convertible

Rust Belt American Junk (Ford) – Scott Ingelis, Fernandina Beach, FL 1931 Model A

Rust Belt American Junk (GM) – Steve Spudic Jacksonville, FL 1995 Geo Metro Pick-up

Rust Belt American Junk (Mopar) – Roger McDaniels, Raleigh, NC 1981 Jet Electrica 007

Concours d’Lemons California 2018 – Worst of Show

Posted January 6, 2020

It takes a lot to be crowned the Worst of Show at the Concours d’Lemons and this car had it all. A Neo-Classic AMC Gremlin with a serious sway back. It doesnt get much worse. Well done.

Amphicars and Schwimmwagens!

Posted December 4, 2019


We drove cars into a river and they (mostly) didnt sink. Amphicars and Schwimmwagens are terrible cars, and terrible boats.
Watch to find out more!

The Amphicar Model 770 is an amphibious automobile, launched at the 1961 New York Auto Show, manufactured in West Germany and marketed from 1961 to 1968. Production stopped in 1965.

Designed by Hans Trippel, the amphibious vehicle was manufactured by the Quandt Group at Lübeck and at Berlin-Borsigwalde, with a total of 3,878 manufactured in a single generation.

A descendant of the Volkswagen Schwimmwagen, the Amphicar offered only modest performance compared to most contemporary boats or cars, featured navigation lights and flag as mandated by Coast Guard — and after operation in water, required greasing at 13 points, one of which required removal of the rear seat.

The Amphicar’s engine was mounted at the rear of the craft, driving the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. For use in the water, the same engine drove a pair of reversible propellers at the rear, with a second gear lever engaging forward or reverse drive. Once in the water, the main gear lever would normally be left in neutral. By engaging first gear as well as drive to the propellers when approaching a boat ramp, the Amphicar could drive itself out of the water. 

Production started in late 1960. By the end of 1963 complete production was stopped. From 1963-65 cars were assembled from shells and parts inventory built up in anticipation of sales of 25,000  units, with the last new build units assembled in 1965. Cars were titled in the year they actually sold rather than when they were produced, e.g. an unsold Amphicar assembled in 1963 or 1965 could be titled as 1967 or 1968 if that was when it was first sold, though the inventory could not be sold in the U.S. in the 1968 model year or later due to new environmental and USDOT emissions and safety equipment standards, they were available in other countries into 1968. The remaining inventory of unused parts was eventually purchased by Hugh Gordon of Santa Fe Springs, California

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Concours d’Lemons DownUnder 2019 – Photos and “Winners”

Posted October 21, 2019

Despite the best efforts of the Borders and Immigration Dept the Concours d’Lemons returned to Australia for the 3rd oil dripping year. The worst that the automotive world has to offer took to the gorgeous and historic Torrens Parade Grounds in downtown Adelaide, South Australia . Shannons’ Insurance showed up with their big rig filled with racing simulators, while vendors had good food and automobilia on offer for the crowds.  The owner of the Reliant Rialto that took home “Worst of Show” honor wished to remain anonymous, lest the world know his shame of owning such a terrible car. 

DER SELF-SATISFIED KRAUTTEN WAGEN (Germany) – Nick Mebberson – Volkswagen Beetle
KOBBLED TOGETHER AUSSIE KANGAROO KARTS (Australia) – Ian Wilson – Lightburn Zeta
LAST NIGHT’S LEFTOVERS (Japan) – Lynn Dawes – Honda Acty
NEEDLESSLY COMPLEX ITALIAN (Italy) – Angelo Rizzo – Lancia Delta
RUEFUL BRITANNIA (Great Britain) – Gordon Cowley – Ford Prefect Van
RUST BELT AMERICAN JUNK (USA) – Andy Miller – Chevrolet Wagon
SOUL-SUCKING JAPANESE APPLIANCE (Japan) – Dave Carey – Isuzu Bellett
SWEDISH MEATBALLS, PRE ’74 (Sweden) – Symon Williamson – Volvo 240
TWO-WHEEL TERROR (Great Britain) – Rod Bailey – Humber Olympia Tandem
UNMITIGATED GAUL (France) – Wish We Knew – Citroen D21
WONDERS OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Korea) – Hugh Mortimer – Hyundai POS
WTF?? (USA) – Nick Macjen – Cadillac Coupe Deville
WORST OF SHOW (Great Britain) – Anonymous – Reliant Rialto

Concours d’Lemons California 2019 – Photos and “Winners”

Posted August 22, 2019

Despite cease and desist orders and advice from council the Concours d’Lemons returned to Monterey Auto Week for the 10th oil dripping year. The worst that the automotive world has to offer took to the verdant goose poop fertilized field at Seaside City Hall, in Seaside, CA. Our celebrity judges, included  automotive legend Peter Brock, publisher of AutoWeek Rory Carroll, TV host Wayne Carini and whoever else was dumb enough to sign up. Bribes were offered to the judges by participants hopeful of receiving one of the famous thrift store sourced trophies.  Once everyone sobered up, the results were tabulated and the flim flam awards ceremony took place. Mike Garrett had found the poorly designed Ferrari replica in a field, crowdsourced the funding to get it running, then registered it in every Monterey Auto Week event as a real Ferrari Enzo. For that, he and The Car Bros took home Worst of Show honors with their 2003 FIERRI ENSO/1986 Pontiac Fiero. Meguiar’s kicked in an ultimate polishing kit for their efforts. As always this whole debacle was sponsored by our good friends at Hagerty and Classic Motorsports Magazine

Worst of Show – Mike Garrettt Fresno, CA.  2003 FIERRI ENSO (1986 Pontiac Fiero)

Rust Belt American Junk – Ford – 1961 Mercury Comet – Steve Moulton Pacific Grove, CA

Rust Belt American Junk – GM – 1927 Chevy 1 Ton Truck Dean Meltz  San Leandro, CA

Rust Belt American Junk – Other –  1949 Studebaker Steve Hedke Santa Clarita, CA

Rust Belt American Junk – Mopar – 1955 Desoto Jen Steele Marysville, WA
Deep Water Horizon Memorial Environmental Disaster Award – 1955 Desoto Jen Steele Marysville, WA


Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance – 1988 Toyota Landcruiser Ben Ellsworth DelRey Oaks, CA


Der-SelfSatisfiedKrautenWagen – 1973 Electric VW Thing Sean Potter San Marcos, CA

Swedish Meatballs – 1979 Volvo 244 Tony Bird Monterey, CA

Unmitigated Gaul – 1961 Panhard Pl17 Ken Nelson Palo Alto, CA

Rueful Britannia – 1970 Triumph GT6 Miles Cambell Woodland, CA

Kommunist Kars – 2016 Xiashudi Steve Mandel Claremont, CA

Needlessly Complex Italian – 1958 Lancia Flaminia Chuck Forward Altadena, CA

Best Back Seat – 1988 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon Ross Harris Palm Springs, CA

Slightly Better Than a Go Kart – 1959 Onan Cycle Car Bill Hill, Roseville, CA
Most Dangerous – 1959 Onan Cycle Car Bill Hill, Roseville, CA

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

Dedication to the Cause – 1949 Packard Jim Callahan Oakland, CA

Major Award – 1926 Bentley Frank&Leah Gabrielli Danville, CA

Sight for Sour Eyes – 1960 Edsel Wagon Mike Williams Orcutt, CA