Concours d’Lemons drifting off in opposite directions

Lemons? Hardly. But sparkling and shiny Aston Martins were on the show field | Andy Reid photos
Lemons? Hardly. But sparkling and shiny Aston Martins were on the show field | Andy Reid photos

Concours d’Lemons is an event that has always been fun, celebrating strange, unloved and often unknown cars.

However, in the past few years it has drifted away from this concept and moved in two separate directions at once.

The first is that instead of having great examples of obscure cars on display, it has welcomed poorly customized and badly executed junk-pile cars.

The other direction is that it welcomes whomever shows up to display a car. A great example was the large group of genuine Aston Martin cars that were at the show Saturday, including a DB5 worth in excess of $1 million.

It seems as if Lemons has “jumped the shark” with both trends.

Fortunately, there were some great examples of unloved cars including a great MG TD kit car, an AMC Eagle in amazing original condition, a snail car and a German- or Austrian-descent surrounded by technology-fearing people — wearing World War I military garb, they tried to attack me when I took pictures with a cell phone.

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