A record number of hoopties and rust buckets clattered and sputtered their way on the 27th Fairway at the Inn at St. John’s
in Plymouth, MI on July 27, 2019 for the 5th Annual Concours d’Lemons. This year saw the debut of the “Half Assed, Half Car Detailing Competition” sponsored by Meguiar’s. Two teams worked furiously to detail every inch of half their hoopties. Meanwhile celebrity judges including Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars” and Ken Lingenfelter, accepted bribes from participants and narrowly avoided tetanus. The owner of the “Worst of Show” winning Cadillac Allante wished to remain anonymous, lest the Allante Jihadi  come after him. When it was all said and done the sweat shop made trophies were given out with goodie bags filled with stuff we found at the Dollar Tree the night before. As always, the whole debacle was sponsored by Hagerty Insurance and Classic Motorsports Magazine, so it is really all their fault. 

Winners included:


Worst of Show – Anonymous, 1989 Cadillac Allante 


Rust Belt American Junk – GM – Gene Swatek – Carleton, MI – 1987 Custom 4 Door Corvette 


Rust Belt American Junk – FORD – Mark Riedel – Beavercreek, OH – 1983 Ford F150 


Rust Belt American Junk – MOPAR – Adam Webber – Madison, OH – 1984 Jeep Wagoneer 


Rust Belt American Junk – OTHER – Grant Inge – Louisville, KY –  1988 Merkur XR4Ti 


Rueful Britania – Buck Steele – 1966 Austin Mini 


Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance – Brian Bush – Battle Creek, MI – 2002 Honda Accord 


Swedish Meatballs – Ryan Clair – Toledo, OH – 1985 Saab 900


DER SELF-SATISFIEDKRAUTTENWAGEN – Rich Elliott – Redford, MI – 1972 VW Beetle Vandetta


Unmitigated Gaul – Too Lazy to Register – South Lyon, MI – 1967 DS21 Convertible


Kommunist Kar – David Lang – Brown City, MI – 1988 Yugo GVX


Best Back Seat – Stan Ciemerych – Clinton Township, MI – 1976 Buick Electra Park Avenue


Slightly Better Than a Go kart – Crispin Kangas – Westfield, MI – 1908 Endurance Racer


Sight for Sour Eyes – Debra McDonald – Livonia, MI – 1979 Ford Pinto Squire Wagon


Participation – Nicholas Vadasz – Linden, MI – 1990 Mazda Miata


Chronic Dick Teague Syndrome – Gerald Mitchell – Southfield, MI – 1957 Hudson Hornet


Half Assed, Half Car Detailing Competition – John Suddeth – Greenfield, IN – 1998 Dodge Neon