Celebrating the Finest in Oddball and Truly Awful of the Automotive World… The Concours d’Lemons

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What is the Concours d’Lemons?

Produced by Hagerty, the Concours d’Lemons is a motoring festival that features vehicles that would never find their way into a real concours event. Concours d’Lemons shows celebrate the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world!

The failed two-seater luxury roaster by Cadillac, the Allante!

In stark contrast to other high-end car shows, spectators and participants appreciate the relaxed atmosphere, unique cars, and the event’s humorous and often irreverent take on the car show world. Instead of celebrating the world’s most luxurious and elegant automobiles, these events recognize poor taste, crappy build quality, and sketchy corporate decision-making. The car owners themselves often dress up to match their technological underachieving vehicles. Awards picked up at a dollar store are presented for such classes as “Most Dangerous”, “Slightly Better than a Go-Kart”, “Needlessly Complex Italian”, and “Rust Belt American Junk”. The show culminates with the presenting of the “Worst of Show” award. You could almost think of it as the antithesis of a traditional concours event.

How many car shows welcome a 1999 Saturn 5 in “rocket” form?

A Car Show Where All Are Welcome

Part of the charm of a d’Lemons event is that everyone is welcome, even if your car is boring. “Lemons reminds everyone not to take themselves, or their car, even a horrible car, too seriously. If you have a sense of humor about yourself and your car, this is the event for you,” said Alan Galbraith, self-proclaimed “Head Gasket” of the Concours d’Lemons.

Example of a proud “Worst of Show” winner.

“It’s almost impossible not to smile when you see a once-forgotten misfit of the automotive world celebrated in the way that only Lemons can do,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. ” Concours d’Lemons ties the car community together while creating on-ramps for new enthusiasts.”

The Concours d’Lemons are often held in conjunction with bigger events including The Amelia Concours d’Elegance, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, the Concours d’Elegance of America in Detroit, and during Monterey Auto Week. For an upcoming schedule and pictures/videos of great examples of bad cars and terrible examples of good cars from past events visit: www.concoursdlemons.com

Rusty in all the right spots.
One of these is the 6th best selling vehicle of all time.
The more boring, mundane, and trashy, the more they are celebrated here.
If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88mph, you’re gonna see some serious…
The finest 1977 Ford Pinto Squire Wagon you’ll ever see. And the only car show where this is a winner.
Improving on the original?
The “prestigious” Worst in Show award.
Not sure if they all arrived in that together.
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