PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Most car enthusiasts know what a “Concours d’Elegance” car show means. It’s actually a French term that translates into “competition of elegance.” In other words, it’s a top-of-the-line automotive event where prestigious high-quality collector vehicles are meticulously studied and judged to the highest standards. But there are also a series of cars shows known as Concours d’Lemons. As you might expect from the name, it’s pretty much the exact opposite of what a Concours d’Elegance is all about. What you have with a Concours d’Lemons is a competition of Lemons. In consumer terms, a “Lemon” is any vehicle that has so many issues that its flaws are too great or severe to serve its ownership purpose. Some Lemon owners refer to these rides as junk, trash, abominations, cursed, garbage, plagues, shameful, and the like. So of course we sent one of our Ford Performance correspondents to attend The Concours d’Lemons Michigan to see what all the fuss is about.
Concours d‘Lemons Michigan took place on July 29, 2017, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan (the same place that hosts the world-renown “Concours d’Elegance of America). According to the show’s “CDL Michigan” website, the event took place “in a corner of the parking lot near the dumpsters. How fitting.” From there, the shenanigans ensued, and our own Bill Cook was there to snap a few photos of some if his favorite junkers, clunkers and automotive orphans in attendance. Owners of their jalopies are encouraged to bribe judges, offend spectators, and bring the worst of the worst to show off, all in an effort to win a horrific trophy declaring the winner as the “Worst in Show.” So check out our gallery below to see some of the top “contenders” at this year’s Concours d‘Lemons Michigan:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK