LEMONS

HARSH BUT FAIR

Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - WORDS DAVE CAREY PHO­TOS DAVE CAREY & PAUL DEER

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.”

LEFT A Light­burn Zeta is a per­fect fit in this com­pany.

RIGHT

A most im­pres­sive lineup of me­chan­i­cal dross.

ABOVE Where the ba­nal holds hands with the or­di­nary.

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.

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