So it was with a sense of international kinship that we reported on the inception of The Concours D'Lemons just a couple of weeks ago. This antidote to the overly shiny, hopelessly expensive and thoroughly unattainable excesses of the Pebble Beach Concours weekend promised a great deal, but we honestly weren't sure if it was just a giant hoax.
Well, PH found itself on the Monterey Peninsula last weekend in the midst of all the madness; not only was the Concours D'Lemons not a joke, it was also a huge success and the highlight of our weekend.
PH loved the effort that had gone into the entries; LA resident Kevin Williams had bought his 1978 Ford E150 Custom Van on eBay after a bit of a heavy night, and turned his shag palace out replete with rolled $100 dollar bills, lines of chopped white powder (sugar, of course), utterly authentic clothing of the era and a girlfriend who thought it might be a good idea to strip down to a glitterball bikini to wash the truck just as the judges arrived to consider the class. PH heartily approved of this extra level of effort in particular.
"The KV is a horrible little car powered by a 125cc one cylinder 2 stroke motor that drives the rear wheels through a constantly variable ration belt drive system and friction rollers on the rear tires, ensuring that little of the meagre power available actually results in forward motion. The features dont stop there; to put the car in reverse, one must shut off the engine and restart it so that it runs backwards. Combine this with the tin bumpers, solid steering shaft aimed at the drivers chest, the lack of a roof and any other safety features and it was a shoe-
Our sort of man. Well done Mike, and well done to the organisers and entrants of the Concours D'Lemons. We have a feeling that this one is going to grow and grow.