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

Lemons Rally NorthWrecks 2021 – Pics and Winners

Posted June 21, 2021

The inaugural Pacific NorthWrecks Lemons Rally sputtered and smoked its way across Washington and Oregon June 11-13, 2021. Participants in vehicles ill-suited to the nearly thousand-mile, three-day rally set off from Griot’s Garage Headquarters in Tacoma, WA, hoping to accumulate points by finding unique and humorous checkpoints outlined in a hastily prepared route book. Rally teams with the least suitable vehicles earned extra points before setting out around the Olympic Peninsula, over the Cascades beyond cellular service range to the wilds of the eastern Washington town of Walla Walla Wall and finally ending in Portland, Oregon by following the Columbia River westward.

Rally stops included a never completed then abandoned nuclear power plant, a gas station shaped like teapot and a replica of Stonehenge overlooking the Columbia River. Teams were encouraged to find their own interesting checkpoints along the way and help other teams should they break down. Despite the assistance efforts of fellow rally participants, mechanical failures ended the trip for several teams, while others towed their broken hoopties home and retrieved even worse cars to complete the rally. When Team Dutch Carriage’s 1976 Volvo 66 (a badge engineered, belt driven Dutch DAF) threw its drive belt, team leader Mike Herrel retrieved his Austin Allegro and continued finding checkpoints, eventually topping the scoring sheet, and taking home first place on points. Team Space.Shilttle’s space shuttle themed 1997 Land Rover Discovery engine gave out in the middle of day two, so they towed it home, and set to work making their Chevy one ton pick-up look like the space shuttle Atlantis before driving all night to find an extra distant bonus check point only to find they would have finished third in points no matter what they did. This earned them the much coveted “Random Acts of Stupidity” rally award. A complete list of winners can be found below.

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. Schedule of upcoming rallies, results and pictures from previous rallies can be found at: https://24hoursoflemons.com/lemons-rally/

Rally Results –

Random Acts of Stupidity – Space.Shittle – Aaron & Leslie Brooks, 1997 Land Rover/Chevy 3500HD

Judges Choice –  Hecks Wrench – Paul & John Gerstaenberger, 1998 Volvo V90

Organizers Choice – Catch 122 – Simeon & Christine Story, 1965 Ford Mustang

Dishonorable Mention – Northest by Northwest – Greg & Spencer Van Nest – 2004 Nissan 350Z

Dishonorable Mention – Team Bad Idea – Dan & Addie Stiles, 1995 Mazda Miata

I Lost My Top – BestWorstVette – Evan Dennis, 2014 Chevy Corvette

Winners on Points
First Place –Team Dutch Carriage, Mike Harrel & Andrea Berge, 1976 Volvo 66 GL/Austin Alegro

Second Place – Team Phil Plugg – Jeff Nichols & Pete Bristow, 1973 Jeep J20

Third Place – Space.Shittle – Aaron & Leslie Brooks, 1997 Land Rover/Chevy 3500HD



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