On a freshly paved patch of parking lot near the dumpsters in the Road Atlanta infield, hoopties, crapcans ,and automotive mistakes crowded into the already heavily attended Classic Motorsports Mitty Vintage Races Presented by Hagerty Insurance for the 2018 Georgia Concours d’Lemons.
The record crowds were treated to automotive oddities and great stories alike. None more so that James Eby’s Worst of Show garnering 1919 Franklin Series 9b Touring. The well-worn and largely unrestored open touring car had been his grandfather’s first car and has remained in the family serving as both farm truck and daily driver for 100 years. Traveling at the blistering top speed approaching 45 miles per hour, James took nearly two days to drive his family heirloom Franklin the 500 miles from his home in Florida to the show.
Progress was slowed even further by having to stop every 100 miles, remove the valve covers and oil the rockers and valve stems as the air-cooled Franklin inline-six engine has no top end oiling system. James intends to drive the Franklin to the Concours d’Lemons Michigan and Concours d’Lemons California, both of which will earn him the just-made-up title of Honorary Lemons Rally Road Warrior.
To see if James and the Franklin survive these ill-advised road trips, register your own hooptie and bring it to The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI on July 28, 2018, and/or Seaside City Hall in Seaside, CA on Aug. 25, 2018.
We suggested he drive the Franklin to the Concours d’Lemons DownUnder in Adelaide, South Australia in Elder Park on Sept. 29, 2018, but Jim was afraid the open touring car wouldn’t seal up well enough to make for a dry, comfortable drive.
Concours d’Lemons Georgia 2018 “Winners”
Worst of Show – James Eby (Redington Beach, FL), 1919 Franklin Series 9b Touring
Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance – Jonathan Stancil, Lifted 1st series Mazda Miata
Rust Belt American Junk – Gene Felton (IMSA Champion and Trans Am winning driver), 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout Wagon
Rueful Britannia – Donald and Kathy Pritchard, 1973 Jensen Healy
Kommunist Kar – Vlad Pop, 1986 Trabant 601
French Legion of Horror – Steven Cripps, 2CV Citroen Custom
DerSelfSattisfiedKrautenWagen – Some guy in a Rusty BMW that happened to be driving by.