Do you love driving your Miata? Would you like to let your Miata stretch its legs a bit on miles and miles of un-crowded roads seemingly made for Miatas that will take your breath away?
Then follow us to the southeastern Ohio town of Marietta along the banks of the Ohio River the weekend of June 9-11, 2023, for Indy Miata’s annual Marietta Madness – Drive for Brian. A relatively short drive from Indy will reward you with some of the most thrilling and beautiful roads that you've never heard of before! Like State Roads 536, 26, 255, 260, 555... And we’re asking that everyone remember long-time Indy Miata member Brian Liechty who tragically passed away on March 30, 2021, from Covid. Brian, with his highly modified 1991 sunset orange Miata nicknamed ‘Sunny’, was absolutely passionate about Marietta and was key to making this an annual club event since 2009. As you find yourself smiling through the curves, please think of Brian.
On Friday, June 9,we'll gather on the east side of Indianapolis for a 9:30 AM departure eastbound on I-70. We'll stop on the SE side of Columbus for a 45-minute 'grab some food and gas' stop. After the quick lunch stop, we’ll continue southeast through the Hocking Hills area, seeking out the curves and scenery that the area is known for as we weave our way towards Marietta.
Saturday morning, June 10, we'll gather early in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn & Suites for THE BIG DRIVE which will depart at 10AM. Anticipate a full morning and afternoon of absolute driving bliss, with a stop for a picnic lunch (which we’ll gather on the way) at Hannibal Locks and Dam along the Ohio River. After lunch, continue with the group for more enthusiastic driving as we find our way back to Marietta, or perhaps head off to do some exploring on your own. If you’ve had your fill of curves, take the leisurely 45-minute drive along the Ohio River on SR7 into Marietta to do some shopping or just relax. Saturday evening, the choice is yours – head out on your own or make plans with new and old friends for a group dinner at one of the many great restaurants in town.
Your Sunday is open… Sleep in, explore Marietta or plan a return trip on previously driven roads or find a new route! Inevitably, a small group will usually form to caravan back towards Indy, many finding one last thrill by running State Road 555 – The Triple Nickel – north from the Ohio River at State Road 7 to Zanesville, where I-70 will put you just about 4 hours from Indy.
Make your plans NOW to join us for a weekend of exciting roads set in a scenery of beautiful hills rolling down to the Ohio River. Here are the details:
Due to road construction, we're going to have to change our meeting/start point and time for the Marietta event. The Mt Comfort Rd eastbound entrance ramp to I-70 is closed, so we're moving down to the Greenfield exit to meet. .
Dates: June 9 – 11, 2023 (Fri - Sun)
Gather: Fri 06/09/2023 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Chick-fil-A @ I-70 Greefield exit #104 (2203 N State St, 46140)
Depart: Chick-fil-A @ 10:00 AM
For more information on Marietta hotels, dining and more, visit www.MariettaOhio.org.
Miles and hours driven?... well, every day is different:
Friday will be ~375-400 miles from Indy to Marietta the fun way (300 miles by interstate). Leaving indy eastside at 9.30, we usually arrive in Marietta in the late afternoon - 5-ish.
Saturday is ~150 miles depending on what route I put together and if participants run the entire route or choose to do their own thing after the picnic lunch in the park at the Hannibal Locks. Leaving at 10 AM, we're usually back by 4. Exhausted.
Sunday is on your own or in a caravan if desired. Some will beeline it home on I-77 N to I-70 E... about 5+/- hours to Indy. My suggestion is to plan one last run on OH555 from south to north before hitting I-70. In the past, we've put together a small return group to run 555 south to north and made reservations at the Triple Nickel Diner in Chesterhill for Sunday brunch on the way up 555 towards I-70 in Zanesville. Add at least a couple hours and an additional 60-70 miles to the trip back to Indy.
Folks with an expectation of Marietta being a "touring" event are likely to be disappointed. Marietta is geared more for the driver looking to enjoy their Miata's capabilities on roads that can be challenging at times. This can truly scare the daylights out of someone not experienced with these kinds of roads. However, if they know ahead of time what to expect and realize they have the option to stay with the more casual group of drivers (which usually makes up about 1/3 to 1/2 of all participants) they come away having a great experience.
June's event is on the road and will take place in Greenwood at Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Park in the Jockamo or The Suds lot. Note, Suds is closed on Monday's.
Come out for good food, drinks and lot's of Miata talk on the southside of Indy! Greenwood here we come!
The 5th Annual Running of the Pigs at the Schweinefiletring™
Placeholder for the 2023 event
Check the forum thread for more details on our groups.
For general information about the event, see the Tire Squeal website.
We are back at Big Woods Speedway for July!
Park in the north lot, Big Woods Restaurant, 1002 Main Street, Speedway, IN
Come out for good food, drinks and lot's of Miata talk!
Registration no required but requested.
Midsummer Rally to Madison, Indiana
Come join us on a beautiful drive to scenic Madison, Indiana, located on the Ohio River in southern Indiana. The rally will start in Plainfield at the BP Station located 2068 E. Hadley Road. We’ll meet at 9:30 and will depart promptly at 10 am. We’ll be taking back roads the whole way with a stop for lunch at Brownstown, arriving in Madison around 3:30. That will give us enough time to drive through Clifty Falls State Park west of the city or wander around downtown once we arrive in Madison.
We’ll depart the next day after breakfast on different route home touring through points north and east of Madison on the way to Oldenburg, an old German styled town, before heading back to Indianapolis.
Some overnight accommodations include in Madison include:
Clifty Inn located in the State Park
Riverboat Inn & Suites
Ferry Street Suites
Holiday Inn Express
Best Way Inn
Rally Master is Rob Clark
Our August event will be on the road, visiting Zionsville
290 S Main Street, Zionsville, IN 46077
We will gather in the new open parking lot directly south of The Friendly Tavern at the corner of Main & Sycamore Street.
Main Street-Zionsville offers many dining locations. The Friendly Tavern, Dairy Queen, The Scoop, Rush on Main, Bubs and many more. Or bring your own picnic and mingle.
Saturday, September 9th
REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, AUGUST 1ST
Important update from Artomobilia! Please register this week!!
Following the closing of the registration process, we will begin placing groups, cars and sponsors in the Carmel Arts & Design District and begin to provide load-in instructions to entrants during the middle of the month. Thank you.
Registration (click here)
This year the ARTOMOBILIA Team will again feature a series of great automotive events and activities starting in April and continuing every other month through October. It’s going to be a great year of celebrating automotive art and design in the Carmel Arts & Design District and throughout the best roads Indiana has to offer.
Over the past fifteen years, we’ve hosted thousands of collector cars and hundreds of thousands of guests in the beautiful, and ever expanding, Carmel Arts & Design District. We’re grateful to Mayor Brainard, Nancy Heck and the rest of the team at the City of Carmel for indulging us over the years and continuing to support our flagship event in the District. Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 26th and plan to join us for the 15th Anniversary of Artomobilia.
On Saturday, September 9th Enthusiast Car Corrals are organized by national and local foreign and domestic car clubs and are featured along Main Street (East & West). Each club or group can display ten (10-15) cars in each corral. Here, car clubs present their best and most interesting cars, highlighting a broad array of automotive thought, preference, design and popular acceptance. While exhibition-only, the Car Corrals provide a unique opportunity for car clubs to centrally meet and celebrate its favorite makes and/or models. Load-in for Artomobilia will be at 8:30am and judging begins at 11am. Due to safety concerns and crowd size, entrants will remain in place until 5pm.
Registration (click here) will continue through the last week of July. Please register early, due to the popularity of the event we've closed registration earlier each year. Early registrants will be given preference.
After you have registered with the Artomobilia website, please register through our event page. This will give the club an idea of who is coming.
Our annual trek through the back roads of Brown County. See four lakes and drive a very scenic route including Rt45 which is a fun curvy road. We will eat in Nashville at Casa Del Sola Mexican restaurant.
Arrival time: 9am at Mt Pleasant Church on Fairview Rd at Rt37
Drivers meeting: 9:15am
Departure time: 9:30am
Rally Master: Dick Pluckebaum
We are back at Big Woods Speedway for September!
Join us for an informal "Miatas on Main" meet n' greet the last Monday of every month, beginning March through October. Park in the north lot, Big Woods Restaurant, 1002 Main Street, Speedway, IN!
This will mark the 21st Hidden Drives event!
Hidden Drives marks the end of our traditional driving season. Join us and see if any leaves are left on the trees as we tour our favorite west Morgan and Johnson Counties roads!
(NOTE: this is on the west side of Hummel Park, off Sugar Grove Road)
Performing Arts Center
5373 Sugar Grove Rd
Plainfield, IN 46168
Arrive: 10:00 AM
Drivers/navigators meeting: 10:15 AM
Cars leave: 10:30 AM
Lunch: Grays Brothers Cafeteria, Mooresville
Don't miss our last driving event of the year!
We are on the move again! This time to Carmel! Come out for good food, drinks and lot's of Miata talk! Enjoy the views, make sure you get there for the sunset!
Carmel City Center
580 Veterans Way Garage, top floor
Carmel, IN 46032
Join us for an informal "Miatas on Main" meet n' greet the last Monday of every month, beginning March through October.
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