HARSH BUT FAIR
Asunny September Saturday in South Australia saw the inaugural Concours d’Lemons Down Under run and won, celebrating the ‘best of the worst and the worst of the best’ in the motoring world. Founder Alan Galbraith, a lanky Californian who is dressed to go yachting, supplies the details. “We started this show in California 10 years ago with about 45 cars; it’s now grown to 150 but thousands of people turn up,” he explains, proudly. “I wanted to take the Pebble Beach guys down a peg, and now we’re now part of their program!”
The concept has since expanded to Michigan, Georgia, the UK and now Australia. “I was approached by Aussie host Kevin Noel at the Cali show. He asked what it would take to hold this thing Down Under. I told him a first class ticket
to Australia!” Alan laughs in his broad accent. “He said he’d only do coach and I was dumb enough to agree!”
Australia is just the place for a Concours d’Lemons; we’ve made (or had thrust upon us) some terrible cars, with the inaugural show including gems such as a Morris Marina, Datsun Six and a Skoda Rapid, but it was a Lightburn Zeta that took out ‘Worst in Show’ and rightfully so.
“The Zeta was a new one for me,” enthuses Alan, “It’s fantastic to see a car made right here in Adelaide and such a terrible one at that,” he pauses momentarily, “And to have one present to take out the show is just spectacular.”
ABOVE Where the banal holds hands with the ordinary.
LEFT A Lightburn Zeta is a perfect fit in this company. RIGHT A most impressive lineup of mechanical dross.
TOP But do you think Mr Nader would approve?
RIGHT It’s a Buick, no it’s an Opel. Actually it’s an Isuzu and it’s a winner.