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The Carmel Artomobilia 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Celebration of Automotive Art and Design

The Carmel Artomobilia takes place August 28-29, 2015 - a collaborative effort of the City of Carmel, Indiana, the Carmel Arts and Design District, and a group of classic car collectors that draws attention to automotive art and design while showcasing the beauty of Carmel. Popular with car enthusiasts nationwide, this year’s Artomobilia has expanded to a pair of exciting events and is expected to draw nearly 400+ participating collector cars and 15,000 attendees.

Share a Look at How the Carmel Artomobilia has Grown


Art Lovers and Car Enthusiasts Collide

In an effort to expand the Artomobilia’s appeal as a destination for automotive art and design, a special gathering kicks off the two-day celebration on Friday night. The all-new Fuelicious: A Celebration of Wheels + Wishes is an exclusive evening of relaxed elegance featuring 50 distinct collector cars on the grounds of the Lucas Estate, inspiring art lovers and car enthusiasts alike to show support for a worthy cause, the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

A Half Mile of Beautiful Cars

On Saturday, a half-mile section of the streets in the heart of the Carmel Arts and Design district hosts a concours-style car event featuring classic cars, local artists and businesses. Come and see original classic car icons parked side by side with their modern reincarnations. Perennial fan favorites include the 1978 King Cobra Mustang, the Ford GT, 1967 Toronado, and the ever popular “DeLorean Row”.

Pontiac GTO to be Honored

This year, the Artomobilia pays homage to the original Muscle Car, the Pontiac GTO. Beginning with a 1964 Pontiac GTO, attendees are treated to a visual walk through the history of this American classic all the way through to the revival editions produced in 2004-2006.

Keeping the Passion Alive

The Artomobilia is bringing attention to the “Next Generation” of classic car owners by spotlighting enthusiasts who are 18 years of age or younger. Encouraging these young adults will help keep the passion alive in the classic car world.

Carroll Shelby - Visionary

One of the featured attractions this year is cars influenced by legendary automotive designer Carroll Shelby. Known for his design contributions to the Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350 and GT 500 among others, Shelby helped create some of the best loved cars being collected to date.

Artomobilia Weekend, Downtown Carmel, Indiana

A beautiful work of art can take many forms, whether it is a classic automobile or an oil painting. If your artistic tastes skew more toward rolling works of art, join in the fun August 28-29 as the 2015 Artomobilia takes over the streets of Carmel. You just may find you have an appreciation for both.

Classic Auto Insurance – A Proud Sponsor of Artomobilia 2015

Classic car enthusiasts know their cars are a work of art, which is why they want to protect them.  Let the friendly staff at Classic Auto Insurance help you find the right insurance policy for your needs. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.

Posted: 7/30/2015 2:49:42 PM with 0 comments

So You Want to Sell Your Classic Car? – The Emotional Process Done Right

Time to Sell Your Classic Car

There is a time and season for all things and the day you have dreaded for so long is finally here. You have to sell your Classic Car. We understand how hard this decision can be for you, so we want to help make the selling process as pain-free as possible. So dry your eyes, we have work to do.

The Sale is in the Details

Your first step is to prepare the car for sale. Detailing is a no brainer for a Classic Car owner. Make your car “show ready” for potential buyers by giving it a good cleaning inside and out. If your car is still in the “diamond in the rough” stage, avoid hiding any rust spots under a coat of paint and list your car “as is”. Typically, enthusiasts are looking for cars that need a little TLC. You’ll still need to clean it up to let the next owner see its potential.

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Let Them Kick the Tires

Complete any necessary mechanical work that could prevent the car from being test driven. If you need to fix the brakes, now is a good time to get’er done. If doing the work isn’t something you want to tackle right now, make sure the buyer can have complete access to the car. They should be able to roll up under the car for a better look or sit behind the wheel to get a feel for it. In other words, let them kick the tires.


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Get Your Papers in Order

If you’ve made a number of aftermarket modifications, have the originals parts available in case the buyer wants those instead of your changes. Gather all paperwork that goes with the car such as owner’s manuals, maintenance log, and receipts for modifications and repairs. This gives a person taking a look-see a better glimpse at the car’s history, not to mention insight into how much you really care for your car.

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Can You Say Selfie?

Photos show your car’s best side. Ten to one you have tons of photos readily available. Choose the best ones that feature the car in a wide variety of angles. Take pictures of the engine, the interior and the inside of the trunk. If your Classic has any damage or abnormal wear, document this as well. Be upfront with would-be buyers and tell them about any flaws rather than trying to hide them. This goes a long way in showing you’re a seller they can trust.

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Set Your Asking Price

Do your research and determine a fair asking price for your Classic Car. If you are still not sure about a price then consult a professional Classic Car broker. Realize that recouping the money you have put into your car’s aftermarket upgrades is likely not a priority. Once you have decided on a fair asking price, be sure to leave a little wiggle room for negotiations.


Get That Ad Out There

Now that you have your car ready, papers together, and photos assembled, set up a marketing plan. Certainly you can list your car ad with Autotrader,, Craigslist, Ebay, and Hemmings Classifieds; listing with car enthusiasts groups and clubs will get the word out there to a specific audience. You can also list with Classic Auto Insurance at Many owners choose to list with a Classic Car Broker, who can sell their car for them.  Another traditional option is to be a part of a larger car auction like Barrett-Jackson. Just know that their commission will cut into your profit margin.


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State the Price to Potential Buyers

Include your fair asking price in all of your advertisements and marketing materials up front, to narrow inquiries down considerably. Besides listing all of your Classic Car’s wonderful features in your ad, include your contact info. Many a would-be seller has listed their car without a way for sellers to contact them. Avoid using phrases like “Best Offer”, “Negotiable” or “Firm”. Unless you are Tony Soprano, all sales are negotiable.


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Be Prepared for Bargain Hunters

Once your Classic Car is listed make it a point to promptly answer inquiries, so no potential sale is left hanging. Chances are, you are going to receive offers below asking price. Face it, everyone wants a bargain. Politely respond that you can’t sell the car for that price. Who knows, the person may come back with an offer closer to your asking price.


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Be Safe, Not Paranoid

Beware of scammers. Meet potential buyers in a public place rather than at your home. Having a buddy there with you may not be a bad idea. Test drives are part of the selling process so take steps to avoid theft. Before handing the keys to your Classic over for a “solo” test drive, ask for their car keys in return. Don’t let your paranoia get the best of you though, because the buyer may be a fellow Classic Car lover just like you.


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Goodbyes Are Never Easy

The hardest part of selling your Classic Car (besides actually parting with it) is the waiting. Hopefully if you have priced your car right, the bids will roll in. Finding the right home for your four wheeled friend is often more important than getting the highest dollar amount. Saying goodbye is never easy but handing the keys over to another Classic car buff makes parting just a little more bearable.

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Posted: 7/30/2015 1:33:38 AM with 0 comments

Artomobilia Presents: The Passion Behind the Owners [Video]


2015 Carmel Artomobilia August 28-29

When do passionate car enthusiasts catch the “fever” for car collecting? Most will say they have loved cars from an early age. Such is the case with Eric, who’s participating in the 2015 Carmel Artomobilia that takes place in the Arts & Design District of Carmel, Indiana August 28-29. Eric recently invited Artomobilia’s Jon Pitz to his fabulous garage to talk about car love and what got him hooked from the beginning.

Car Collecting – An Unquenchable Thirst

Like all obsessions, car collecting is an unquenchable thirst. Just ask fellow Indianapolis car collector Eric. “I've just had all kinds of cars and each one has led to another car, hopefully with a little less rust and a little more value,” he says.

A Perfect Way to Spend the Day

Eric’s love of cars goes back to when he was a young boy sketching racecars. The day he turns 16 he buys his first car, an emerald green 1951 Cadillac. Back then, cleaning his white wall tires was the perfect way to spend the day. It still is.

Every Car is Perfect

Currently sitting in his garage is a diverse group of cars. His most recent purchase is a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Bookending this beauty is a 2005 Ford GT and a 2012 Ferrari 458 Spyder. Eric says each one is fast, beautifully designed and gorgeous from any angle. Which one is his favorite? For Eric, it’s impossible to say. Choosing just one would be too hard, because they are all perfect; they are all his favorites. Spoken like a true collector.

A Place for Quiet Reflection

His love of collecting is evident on the walls of his garage. Everywhere you look you see car memorabilia. From his original Speedway car sketches by Indiana artist David J. Gray to a decanter collection with signatures from Speedway drivers, Eric’s collection reflects his love of cars. Everything is meticulously cataloged, documented and proudly displayed. More than a man cave, this is a place for quiet reflection.

Remembering a Rebel

Some of Eric’s most cherished items once belonged to legendary Rebel Without a Cause film star James Dean, whom he idolized as a teenager. He even owned a red satin jacket just like Dean’s in the movie. His admiration does not stop there. Dean’s family lives close by and Eric was able to talk to them about the reclusive star who tragically died so young.

A Shared Love of Racing

Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Rick Mears are just a few race car drivers Eric admires and with whom he shares a passion for racing. Living only 25 miles from Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), he frequently has the opportunity to indulge his love of racing while watching some of the greats drivers in the sport compete.

The Car That Almost Got Away

As with all car collectors, Eric has some stories to tell. He recalls a 1955 Corvette, which proves to be a challenge to restore and to own. After driving it one day, Eric says he parked it in the driveway and went inside for lunch. When he returned, the car had decided it didn’t like being in park and rolls down the driveway, crashing into a fence. Still, Eric was happy to see the taillights of the “car from hell.” It is literally the one that almost got away.

It’s My Last Car … Promise

Eric has one remaining space left in his garage. He would love to see a Porsche 550 Spyder parked there and like all good car collectors Eric is determined to track one down. When he does, you will hear him utter the famous car collector’s battle cry: “Honey, this is the last car I’m going to buy!” Some obsessions are life-long and Eric’s wife knows that all too well.

Proud Sponsor of Carmel Artomobilia

Classic Auto Insurance is proud to support the 2015 Carmel Artomobilia and classic car collectors everywhere, who all agree that great customer service and customizable insurance coverage is a winning combination. Let our friendly staff help you find the right policy for your needs. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car collection.
Posted: 7/23/2015 12:26:40 PM with 0 comments

Brickyard 400 Brings NASCAR Faithful to Indianapolis

 NASCAR Nation in Town

With the Indianapolis 500 racing right in our backyard, car enthusiasts can count on that get-your-motor-running excitement every May. And that’s not all! Since 1994, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played host to one of NASCAR’s toughest races called the Brickyard 400 for short. This year, NASCAR Nation will descend on IMS for the weekend of festivities beginning Thursday, July 23, culminating with the running of the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26.



Big Beginnings for Brickyard 400

In 1991, legendary driver A.J. Foyt and IMS President Tony George take a joy ride around the prestigious Indy track in Foyt’s NASCAR Winston Cup car. Soon tongues are wagging and mental wheels are turning over how to bring stock car racing to Indy. The inaugural Brickyard 400 takes place three years later in front of the largest crowd ever assembled for a NASCAR event. A young rookie by the name of Jeff Gordon grabs the checkered flag and one of the largest purses for a NASCAR race to date.



It’s a Super Weekend at the Brickyard

The Brickyard 400 has grown from a single race to an entire weekend devoted to stock car racing. Fans stream into the raceway for four days to listen to music, participate in fan events and watch the parade of race car haulers. They witness NASCAR practice rounds while drivers get down to business with race qualifiers as well as the 100 lap Lilly Diabetes 250 race. Then, drivers take to the track for the main event: a 160 lap race for the Brickyard 400 trophy.


Jeff Gordon Holds Record for Most Wins

Many famous drivers have crossed the finish line at the Brickyard 400. Besides being the first winner, Jeff Gordon holds several other distinctions. He is the youngest driver to win at 23 years old, and he has the most wins with a total of five, including last year’s race. Bill Elliott holds the title of the oldest winner at 46 years old when he won in 2002.



Pucker Up and Kiss Those Bricks

In 1996 Dale Jarrett and his racing crew start the tradition of the winner and crew kissing the row of bricks at the start/ finish line. Winners and their crews have been lining up to plant a big one on the bricks ever since. This brick-a-licious photo op eventually became a tradition at the Indy 500 as well.

Girl Power Comes to the Brickyard

Who are we to leave women out? Danica Patrick is the only woman to qualify and race in the Brickyard 400, in 2013 and 2014. Shauna Robinson attempted to qualify back in 2001. Still these ladies opened the doors for many future female drivers.


Jeff Kyle – American Hero Presents Winner’s Trophy

The official name for this year’s race honors U.S. Marine Jeff Kyle. Sergeant Kyle was deployed numerous times to Iraq and Africa where he earned the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters. Since retiring, Kyle now dedicates his life to bringing awareness to veterans’ needs through the charitable organization, Guardian for Heroes Foundation. Kyle is the brother of CPO and U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle whose life is immortalized in the movie, “American Sniper.”


Let’s Go Racing at the Brickyard 400

This Super Weekend is sure to be a NASCAR lover’s dream. Only at IMS can you cram this much into one weekend: Fun events, great entertainment and fantastic racing all come together at the Brickyard 400. Race fans unite. As motorsports analyst Darrell Waltrip loves to say, "Boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go racing boys and girls!"



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Posted: 7/20/2015 5:45:15 PM with 0 comments

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series – Built for Speed

 SLS AMG Black Series - A Caged Tiger

When you look at some sports cars you are reminded of a caged tiger. The car (as well as the tiger) looks like it could explode any minute with unrestrained power and speed. The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series is one such car. There is no mistaking that this car was built for speed.

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Expensive and Exclusive

One of these caged tigers happened to show up at Elite Autos in Jonesboro, AR recently and we blazed a trail to get there and check it out. Built by AMG, Mercedes’ in-house performance shop, this super car is one of the most expensive and exclusive cars the German car giant makes. Only 200 were shipped to the U.S. It is not a car for someone who has trouble writing six figures in the amount column of a check.

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At Home on the Racetrack

The Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series is at home on any race track. It has been described as a GT racer with a license plate. With a top speed of 195 mph and 622 hp under the hood, the modified 6.3L V8 engine is naturally aspirated and aurally gifted. This car is a physical experience to drive. You need to be wide awake to be behind this wheel.

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Lighter and Faster

Mercedes engineers felt the need to lighten the load on this car as much as possible. The Black Series is 154 lbs. lighter than the standard SLS. The overall construction is a mixture of exotic materials from the aluminum space frame to the titanium exhaust system. Carbon fiber reigns supreme from the long front hood to the “rib wrapper” seats. Gone is the standard battery, replaced with a lighter lithium ion model. Everything was re-designed to decrease weight and increase speed.

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Ready to be Set Free

The Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series is one step removed from being a race car. Modeled after the SLS AMG GT3, winner of the 24 hours of Dubai endurance race, the Black series is stiff and unyielding on city streets. The throttle jumps to life at the slightest touch which could be unnerving in city congestion. Encounter even the slightest bump in the road and this ride may leave a mark. But stop and go traffic is not a part of this car’s true nature. Like a tiger, it was meant to be set free.

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Mercedes Black Series – A Rare Animal

Beautifully designed with quality engineering, the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series is a rare animal. While it proudly wears the Mercedes emblem, this car is distinctly different from the other luxury models the car maker produces. The sleek body design and the iconic gull wing doors add to its exotic flair. The interior makes you feel like you are sitting in a race car not a street legal sports car.

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Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

The Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series will definitely turn heads at the next car show or as it whips around a test track. If you are looking for a car that will test your skills as a driver then look no further. But be warned, this car can smell fear. Like all caged animals, it yearns to be let loose. If you are up for the challenge then strap yourself in. This car is about to get your adrenaline pumping.

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Posted: 7/16/2015 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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