A concours for rolling rejects

Every so often, you’ll see in various outlets somebody’s claim that premium showings of historic automobiles tend to be excessively snooty, condescending and otherwise insufferably elitist. To those naysayers, the organizers of the concours classic now known simply as The Amelia have a simple response: This year’s running of the premier show, now owned and managed by the Hagerty conglomerate, will now present via licensing a new event, the Concours d’Lemons, a semi-serious gathering of automotive oddities, castoffs and forgotten flops that will, indeed, occupy part of the show field at the Ritz-Carlton in Nassau County, Florida. It’s a spinoff of the longstanding 24 Hours of Lemons, wherein amateur teams do endurance battle in, well, junkers.

Seriously, this is all good clean fun involving unloved cars of the past that rarely get a star turn of any sort. And to be clear, these aren’t used car lot refugees that you’d find with sale stickers along U.S. 9 in New Jersey someplace. Loot at the image. That’s a loaded AMC Pacer X from around 1975, and any show field that makes space for a car like this, or what seems to be the Ford Pinto station wagon lined up next to it, is okay by us. The Amelia will present it as part of the all-new Cars & Community presented by Griot’s Garage event, held on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton? Got something worthy of some Lemons-ade? The Lemons Nation has entry information waiting for you.

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