Road rally to fill in for Artomobilia


With Carmel Artomobilia canceled by the city of Carmel due to gathering restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, Artomobilia founder and event director John Leonard found a replacement.

John Leonard

“We are effectively getting the show on the road by making lemonade out of the lemons of 2020,” the Carmel resident said.

The Lemonade 10000 Road Rally will be held Aug. 29, the day Artomobilia was set to be held in the Arts & Design District.

“The Lemonade 10000 Road Rally is modeled after our Meatball 10000 road rally from May 16 that was run between the IU Health North (in Carmel) and IU Health Saxony (in Fishers) facilities,” Leonard said. “The Lemonade 10000 will start at Clay Terrace, parade through Carmel, and then head northeast and circle through Madison, Hamilton and Boone counties and then finish back at Clay Terrace.”

The two-hour drive covering 80 miles will start at 9 a.m.

Artomobilia entrants will be moved into a driving event at no cost. Leonard said their entry fees are now transferred to 2021.

“We’re taking registrations from guys that are more interested in driving their car than showing their car,” he said. “If you entered a show car in Artomobilia but are not interested in driving it 80 miles, you are welcome to drive something else. We just want a nice event for the Indianapolis and Carmel car community to get together and share smiles.”

The entry fee is $20.20. The 10000 comes from the $10,000 Leonard said organizers were trying to raise from the Meatball 10000.

“We ended up raising $16,000, so this is the Lemonade 10000 because it’s the same type of thing,” he said.

The money from the Meatball 10000 was used to purchase more meals for front-line workers at IU Health North and IU Health Saxony from locally owned and operated restaurants, including Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse, Bar-B-Que, Anthony’s Chophouse, Mimi Blue Meatballs and Harry & Izzy’s.

“For Lemonade 10000, the funds will go to support the nonprofits we were planning to support through the Artomobilia, Fuelicious and Revolanté,” Leonard said.

The Meatball 10000 had more than 800 cars.

“We’re looking to build on its success,” Leonard said. “We’re asking that any onlookers along the route in every community maintain a safe social distance, wear masks and follow guidance of municipal and health care leaders.”

Revolanté was scheduled for Aug. 30 for the first time with a partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Shift, a 180-mile drive which starts at the Silo Auto Club in Indianapolis and follows a route through southern Indiana, remains set for Aug. 28. Shift supports the Three Points Racing Foundation.

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