18 March 2014

Calling All Lemons: Concours d’LeMons adds two new shows in 2014

No longer content with ruining only a single major automotive event each year, the Concours d’LeMons – which features the “Oddball, Mundane and truly Awful of the automotive world” – has added two new shows to its 2014 schedule.

In addition to souring the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance each August, the Concours d’LeMons will now wreak havoc at The Classic Motorsports Mitty vintage races in Atlanta on April 27 and the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns, Mich., on July 26.

The Concours d’LeMons will crash The Mitty by hosting crap cars from all over the southeast at a location perfectly suited for just such an event: a patch of paddock near the dumpsters at Road Atlanta. Two months later, just one day before and right down the street from the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns, hoopties of every sort will converge to showcase the worst ideas ever inflicted on the motoring public.

Grassroots Motorsports magazine and Hagerty have inexplicably sponsored this expansion of the Concours d’LeMons empire.

According to towing company records (and court documents), the Concours d’LeMons has been dropping rusty car parts all over the Monterey peninsula during the Pebble Beach Auto Week for the past five years. Against the advice of counsel, this show will be returning to the verdant goose-fertilized lawns of Laguna Grande Park in Seaside, Calif., on August 16.

Lauded by those with a sense of humor and reviled by the purists, the Concours d’LeMons takes a satirical look at the world of automotive concours. Bribery of the capricious celebrity judges is encouraged as they peruse entrants in classes such as “Rust Belt American Junk,” “Soul Sucking Japanese Appliances” and “Needlessly Complex Italian.” The highlight of the afternoon comes after the judges sober up enough to find and give away the coveted “Worst of Show” Trophy.

To register your awful ride for one of the shows, see photos from past shows and learn gory details about the entire debacle, visit http://www.concoursdlemons.com/.


Concours d’LeMons SouthEast
April 27, 2014
Road Atlanta
5300 Winder Highway
Braselton, Ga.

Concours d’LeMons Michigan
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The “Old Ford-Sheldon Plant”
Hwy 14 and North Sheldon Rd
Plymouth, Mich.

Concours d’LeMons Monterey
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Laguna Grande Park
1249 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
Seaside, Calif.

5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Frank Philadelphia, PA March 20, 2014 at 16:05
    Yo, I have owned my Thing for over 30 years. It is not a d'LeMon to me. Perhaps a Vega or a Gremlin, but not a VW Thing!
  • 2
    Will Owen Pasadena, CA March 20, 2014 at 18:18
    36892544 66
  • 3
    John Bevins Berthoud, Co March 20, 2014 at 19:10
    I (and many others) adore my Amphicars in spite of them being on the cover of a book titled "The World's Worst Cars" I take pride knowing it really is a piece of... ummmm.... history!
  • 4
    Rob Mackenzie London, Ontario March 20, 2014 at 19:42
    The Datsun 510 series were anything but lemons even if they did start rusting in the showroom. I bought a well whipped 4-door from my Sister for $140 and drove it for years. I replaced one rear axle shaft in that time. It purred like a kitten even on its way to the junkyard.
  • 5
    Patty Arkansas March 20, 2014 at 23:26
    I still love my '73 Pinto! If I restore it...should I add flames? Coming from the back?

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