Concours d’Lemons: the world’s maddest car event?
Where else will you see this much rust? This many, frankly, odd people? This many truly awful cars? Welcome to Monterey Car Week’s most hilarious happening
Welcome to the madness...
It’s the best event of Monterey Car Week. Or maybe the worst. It’s certainly the funniest.
Concours d’Lemons is the celebration of ‘the oddball, mundane and truly awful’, and it does so with a sense of utter hilarity and ridiculousness. No one takes themselves seriously, cars that really shouldn’t be on the road drive in from miles away – and the Lemons Rally convoy arrives in a cloud of smoke and rust particles from its epic journey north.
If you have the good fortune to be able to attend Monterey Car Week, then be sure to go to Concours d’Lemons. It’s free, it’s terrible and it’s great. Carry on for a gallery of the celebrated worst cars of the show.
Mercury Comet's rather fashionable owner
He's here every year. He doesn’t get any less scary...
‘Not for restoration!’
This highly original, shockingly rusty early Porsche 356 drove in – and anyone who offered to buy and restore it was swiftly driven away.
The pirate Discovery
We’re not saying anything about Land Rover reliability, but this Disco appears to be sail powered...
Princess of the Pirates
She’s led the Pirate Discovery’s charge to Lemons
Where everybody knows it’s lame
But no-one cares!
Jaguar XJS off-roader
Knobbly tyres, raised suspension, shocking paint job… but the V12’s as sweet running as you’d ever ask for.
And an MGB GT off-roader, too
You won't be surprised to hear that its owner is friends with the owner of the XJS. It runs a treat, but he’s scared to change the oil... Note the exhaust!
Team Ikea Volvo PV
Did it come flatpacked? Maybe not.
Ah, those crazy Swedes
Nice bit of extra Volvo decoration.
Well, rust everything America. You wouldn’t want to meet it down a dark alley.
Ready to crumble? Probably
Many of the cars were way past ready.
More Swedish rust (and cardboard)
More rust than steel – but hey, it’s a two-stroke, so it’s ok (maybe). The engine bay was a curious mix of expensive MSD ignition and race battery, combined with plywood and cardboard bulkhead (and more rust).
Important messages inside the Saab
The owner assures us it’s still in warranty...
Another overview of the madness
Just to keep you happy, you understand.
Well we’re pretty sure there are bits of AMC Gremlin in there (note the doors and rear end). We don’t know why, though…
Can’t be many of these Fiats left. And have you spotted the ‘Future Lemon’ Ferrari behind it? Courtesy of Motor Trend magazine’s Jonny Lieberman.
Think about it... OK, it doesn’t take much working out!
On top of another Volvo PV
Looks like he got a wild and rusty ride.
Crew-cab VW Type 2 pick-up
You can’t see the sills at this angle, can you? Well, actually, you can’t see them from any angle. They no longer exist.
Some people just take it too far
Take a guess what this is
It’s rare. It’s not a Fiat Gamine. It’s a Siata, believe it or not – a Siata Spring Roadster.
Who to blame?
Blame the tall man. Along with fellow-Lemoner Jay Lamm, ‘Head Gasket’ Alan Galbraith is responsible for the growth of Lemons worldwide. Don’t believe it? The chap next to him is the organiser of Concours d’Lemons Australia. There could be a Lemons near you soon...
On that note, we bid you g’day.
More Monterey madness...
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