Revving up for Artomobilia Weekend


By Rick Morwick

A celebration of eclectic cars, fine dining and charitable causes, Artomobilia Weekend offers something for everyone as it revs up for its 12th consecutive year on the streets of Carmel, the backroads of southern Indiana and the luxurious grounds of Lucas Estate.

“First and foremost, it’s a great weekend that really shines a spotlight on some of the best assets the City of Carmel has to offer the broader community,” Event Coordinator John Leonard said. “We are very fortunate that our event growth has been tied to the growth of the City of Carmel, the Arts & Design District and now the Midtown area.

“We’re very excited to be able to showcase our beautiful city for auto enthusiasts from around the surrounding cities and counties and (from across) the state and the Midwest.”

The three-pronged event begins Aug. 23 with SHIFT, a poker run-style car rally in southern Indiana, and Fuelicious, a private auto and dining event at Lucas Estate. It concludes Aug. 24 with Artomobilia, a glittering showcase of collector and enthusiast cars on the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Proceeds benefit the Three Points Racing Foundation, a nonprofit that assists veterans, and Bolt for the Heart, a nonprofit that provides automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to first responders and trained individuals in public places.

“Each of our events focuses on eclectic groups of cars, and as a result, there is something of interest for everyone,” Leonard said. “Likewise, all the events contribute to the charities we support. We receive great support from our partners and sponsors that are located in the Carmel and Hamilton County community.

“We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to do these events in a supportive business community.”

Launched last year, SHIFT is a private driving event that benefits the Three Points Racing Foundation, which helps veterans transition from the military to successful careers in motorsports. More than 25 drivers in high-performance cars will motor 180 miles through the backroads of southern Indiana and draw a playing card at five designated checkpoints along the way, affording spectators a chance to admire the cars.

Registration is $500 per car. The event, dubbed “A Celebration of Wheels and Warriors,” begins and ends at the SILO Auto Club & Conservancy in downtown Indianapolis, where the driver with the best poker hand will earn “bragging rights.” The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A few hours later, the fifth annual Fuelicious gets under way at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. at Lucas Estate in Carmel. Themed “A Celebration of Horsepower & Heart Health,” it will feature 50 collector cars and combine fine dining and live entertainment. Tickets are $275. Tables of 10 are $2,500. Proceeds benefit Bolt for the Heart.

Free and open to the public, Artomobilia is the namesake of the broader Artomobilia Weekend. Presented by KAR Auction Services, the Aug. 24 event is from noon to 5 p.m. in the Arts & Design District. It will feature more than 400 collector and enthusiast cars from across the Midwest.

A new addition to Artomobilia is Porsche-Palooza. Presented by Tom Wood Porsche, it will feature more than 100 Porches from 1954 to present.

“There is literally a car for every type of car enthusiast,” Leonard said. “In addition, one of the things that makes Artomobilia so special is the Arts & Design District. From the restaurants to the galleries to the bars to the shops to the Indiana Design Center, there’s a lot of great things to do during Artomobilia.”

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