The Concours d’Lemons returned to ruin the Amelia Island Concours weekend on May 22, 2021 at Main Beach Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida. A lighthearted spoof on high end concours, the Concours d’Lemons features the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world. Hoopties from all over the southeast rattled or were pushed into the beautiful beach-side park to the delight of the record crowd and the capricious, bribery prone celebrity judges.

Hagerty collector car insurance and Griot’s Garage car care products were on hand to assure owners that they had products that would benefit even the worst automobile on display. “Hagerty offers Roadside Assistance towing plans, and if your car is in this show, you are going to need all the roadside assistance you can get!” quipped Alan Galbraith, organizer and self-proclaimed “Head Gasket” of the Concours d’Lemons. Galbraith then joked to the crowd,  “Griot’s polishes and waxes can make your paint shine, but your car will still be ugly.”

The automotive industry celebrity judges laughed and joked with the cars owners before the loosely organized awards ceremony presented the winners with homemade trophies in hilariously named categories. “Worst of Show” honors went to Oliver and Terry Holler and their 1982 DeLorean “Back to the Future” time machine replica. The couple have driven their faithful replica of the movie car 827,000 miles over the past 20 years, all the while raising money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. To date they have raised $800,000, nearly a dollar per mile driven for the charity. After telling the story behind the car and the foundation during the awards ceremony, another $2000 was donated by Concours d’Lemons attendees.  “We are well on our way to $1 million,” beamed Terry while she accepted the tongue in cheek trophy. “This is the kind of car we like to see at a Concours d’Lemons,” Galbraith announced over the P.A., “Owners that have fun with their car, do some good in the world and share their enthusiasm with everyone they meet. A well-deserved ‘Worst of Show’ winner!”

 

Worst of Show – Oliver Holler, North myrtle Beach, SC 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine

 

Rust Belt American Junk (GM) – Marck Barker, Durham, NC, 1990 Buick Reatta

 

Rust Belt American Junk (Ford) – Dillon Mathie, Brunswick, GA 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis
Best Back Seat – Dillon Mathie, Brunswick, GA 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis

Rust Belt American Junk (Mopar) – James DeWitt, Saint Augustine, FL, 1987 Chrysler LeBaron Coupe

 

Rust Belt American Junk (Other) – Rose Edmondson, Fernandina Beach, FL 1949 Crosley CD wagon

 

Rueful Britannia – Roger McDaniels, Raleigh, NC, 1973 Triumph Stag

 

Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance – Victor Ramey Orange Park, FL – 1994 Toyota Tercel (lifted)

 

Swedish Meatballs – Travis Graham, Winter Springs, FL 2000 Volvo v70 awd xc

Der SelfSatisifiedKrautenWagon – Pete Haney Fernandina Beach, FL 1965 vw bus

Needlessly Complex Italian – Matthew Cody, Woodstock, GA 1990 Chrysler’s TC by Maserati

Driving on a Prayer – Mable Morse, 1965 Volkswagon Rat Rod

Slightly Better than a Go Kart – Harry Armstrong – 1974 Sebring-Vanguard Citicar

Participation Award – Jim Eby, Reddinton, FL 1925 Franklin Series 11a Coupe

 

Kommunist Kar – Ural Motorcycle

Sight for Sour Eyes – Susan Taylor, Fernandina Beach, FL 1961 Triumph TR-3

Unmitigated Gaul – Celeste Bosés, La Canada, CA 1960 Panhard PL 17 Tigre