Jul 27, 2012
Chris Salamone
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Concours d’LeMons, Like Elegance… But More Bitter

Year after year, Monterey Car Week never ceases to amaze. And perhaps even more exciting than the week’s crown jewel Concours d’Elegance is another, less well known, show – which appeals to the rest of us Joe the Plumber-types. Sure, it’s tacky, dirty and full of degenerate motors. But that’s just the nature of the beast. You wouldn’t ask for lemonade without the lemons, right?

In the same spirit, we wouldn’t have the Concours without LeMons. On Saturday, August 18 visitors can stop by Laguna Grande Park from 10 AM to 1 PM and see the world’s most “oddball, mundane, and truly awful” cars known to humankind.

If you’ve never been before, the show has a ton of hilariously offensive vehicle Classes, like Soul-Sucking Japanese Appliance, Swedish Meatballs, and – the all-round knee slapper – Most Elegante (which amounts to Shaft-worthy pimpmobiles). And the icing on the cake, is the LeMons special award Worst in Show.

Last year’s Worst in Show winner (pictured above) was Scott King’s Cadillac-esque Cimarron. Of course, to win the coveted title, King’s Cimarron wasn’t any old gussied up Chevrolet Cavalier. Instead, this particular Cimarron was a Cavalier with low miles, landau vinyl roofing, gold Cadillac badges, a dealer-installed Rolls Royce-type grill, and finished off in a red carpet mandatory royal blue.

Like last year, the 2012 Concours d’LeMons will be free of cost to spectators. But, for the love of all things bizarre, please help keep the show alive – shirt and merch sales can go a long way.

The other special award classes for 2012 will be Biggest Loser (vehicle with the largest percentage drop in market value), Most Dangerous, and the non-transparently titled WTF??? Award.

Off the top of my head, maybe the Dymaxion car would be a good fit for the WTF??? prize. If a rear-engine, front-wheel drive Hindenburg-reminiscent vehicle doesn’t qualify for WTF, then we can safely assume that all the laws of man no longer apply. Of course, there are only four known examples of the Dymaxion, so that leaves the whole category open to alternate ideas – that is, unless your name begins with Lord and ends with Foster.

For more carnage, check out SeeMonterey.com’s YouTube video for last year’s Concours d’LeMons.



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