Artomobilia adds event supporting IMS Museum


Artomobilia will expand its weekend lineup with a fourth event and a third day in 2020.

“Revolanté: A Celebration of Revolutionary Automobiles” is set for Aug. 23, 2020, in Carmel. It will be held a day after Artomobilia is conducted in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The announcement was made during Artomobilia’s closing awards ceremony Aug. 24.

The concours-style event will support the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum through ticket sales. The IMS Museum offers several programs preserving and sharing, through exhibits, tours and educational events, the history of IMS and Indiana’s automotive heritage.

“We have a diamond right under our nose with IMS Museum,” said John Leonard, co-founder of Artomobilia. “Revolanté will be 100 cars that are absolutely gorgeous with incredible pedigrees. There will be tickets that you purchase for a very reasonable price and 100 percent of the sales will go to the IMS Museum.”

Ticket, sponsorship and location information for Revolanté is expected to be announced soon. Artomobilia and IMS Museum staff and officials are co-developing Revolanté, which is expected to attract high-end vintage autos and collectors from across the United States.

IMS Executive Director Betsy Smith said the new event will be  a “nice icing on the cake” for Artomobilia.

Smith said IMS staff have been in discussions with Leonard and his crew for the past month.

“I know with the organization John has here it will be a great addition for the City of Carmel,” Smith said. “We’re excited about being able to tell our story about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and to talk about philanthropic needs with the larger community. Most people think we are a department of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We are an independent not-for-profit and have been around since 1957.”

Gene Perkins, a nationally recognized automotive collector, multi-time concours winner at Pebble Beach (Calif.) and IMS Foundation board member, will serve as selection committee chairman for Revolanté.

“The timing for Revolanté is perfect: Taking place soon after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, we will invite not only the Midwest’s best car collectors, but aficionados traveling to the east coast from California,” Perkins stated.

Revolanté will feature judging of multiple categories of carefully curated vintage automobiles, according to the release. Classes may include vintage and early classics, American and European collector cars, classic sports cars, survivors and future classics.

Fuelicious was added as a charity event five years ago at the Lucas Estate. Shift, a poker run-style rally on southern Indiana roads, was added in 2019. Both will be held Aug. 21 in 2020.