Over the years, we have continued to refine and more clearly articulate our event focus and judging process and philosophy.  To that end, the Artomobilia, at its core, is a celebration of automotive art and design spanning more than 100 years and 50 marques.  The Artomobilia team appreciates each and every automotive enthusiast that chooses to invest their time in our event, and share their car with our judging team and the many thousands of guests that the event hosts each year.  Because of our event focus, we welcome, and present, one of the largest variety of collector and enthusiast automotive marques (and periods) of any event in the United States.

The Judging Committee has established an evaluation philosophy that provides guardrails when judging vehicles within a class, or across multiple classes.  That said, the quality and quantity of the truly fantastic collector and enthusiast entries that we receive each year makes selecting a single winner from each class a challenging prospect.  We acknowledge that we cannot please everyone, however, our hope is that you will appreciate, enjoy, and celebrate the selected winners with us.


The Carmel Artomobilia presents nearly 30 awards each year.  These include:

  • Artomobilia Best of Show Award is presented to the event winner.

  • Artomobilia Penultimate Award is presented to the runner-up.

  • Artomobilia First in Class Award is presented to the winner of each judged class.


The Artomobilia judging process seeks to recognized and celebrate the art and design of great automobiles. This process includes judging teams with two types of individuals: Specialty Judges and Honorary Judges. Specialty Judges concentrate primarily on period-accuracy and originality, while Honorary Judges focus their attention to automotive art and design.

Specialty Judges evaluate all of the entries in a particular class to determine if they fairly and accurately represent cars within that category, period and class. Further, each specialty judge is an authority on specific marques or categories, and they judge only the class related to their area of expertise.

Groups of Honorary Judges, overseen by the class Specialty Judge, undertake the more subjective task of determining the specific class winners based on the most desirable design and style selected from the best original and/or period correct entries. 

Judging Criteria

The Artomobilia strives to provide the best Specialty Judges and best Honorary Judges available.  To be eligible to win the “Artomobilia Best of Show” or “Artomobilia Penultimate” — the event’s two top awards — the car must be exemplary within its own class, and be truly exceptional across all the car classes.  The two most outstanding and deserving entries are selected and escalated to “Artomobilia Best in Show” candidates.

“Artomobilia First in Class” winners, as well as the two “Artomobilia Best in Show” candidates, will be directed to the Main Stage area where they will be positioned for the start of the Awards Celebration & Ceremony.  Awards are presented to each of the “Artomobilia First in Class Winners”, and then the two “Artomobilia Best in Show” candidates are brought before the Main Stage.  Following an on-stage personal interview of the two candidates, the Judging Committee Chairman will briefly convene members of the Specialty Judging team and Honorary Judging team to determine the winning entry, the “Artomobilia Best in Show”, and the runner-up, the “Artomobilia Penultimate”.

In addition, we seek to delivery the most transparent and judging process available.  To that end, here are the guidelines that will be used for the judging process.

  • Each judging team will contain a Specialty Judge and one or more Honorary Judges. To identify these judges, they will wear yellow/gold baseball caps during the judging process.

  • Each judging team will visit the assigned class beginning at 11:00am EST, and review the entries in that class. They will then begin evaluating each car. If the owner is present, the owner will encouraged (and welcomed) to review and identify unique elements of the entry. Supporting documents, photos, etc. are also allowed and encouraged.

  • Each judge will evaluate the entry based on a five (5) point scale, and additions/deductions for each area will assigned.

    • Exterior Condition: Stock and/or Period Correct, Surface & Trim Condition, Uniform Body Gaps, Overall Condition and Exterior Paint.

    • Interior & Trunk Condition: Stock and/or Period Correct, Surface & Trim Condition, Carpets & Headliners, Trunk/Spare/Jack/Tools/etc., and Overall Cleanliness.

    • Engine Compartment Condition & Operation: Stock and/or Period Correct, No Dripping/Leaking/Dampness, No Missing Components, and Overall Condition.

    • Tires & Wheels Condition: Stock and/or Period Correct Wheels, Stock and/or Period Correct Tires, and Over All Condition.

    • Bonus Points: Certified Fire Extinguisher, Rare Documents, Survivor Significance, Special OEM Performance Options, Dealer Installed Options, and Overall Quality.

  • After evaluating the entries in each class, the judging team will confer to quantitatively determine which entries they believe are in the best, most original and/or period correct, physical condition, and from those, they will discuss to qualitatively determine which single entry is exhibits and/or incorporates the best, and most desirable, artistic and design elements.

  • Once the judging is complete for each entry, the quantitative and qualitative scoring will be completed and provided to the Judging Committee Chairman for review and consent. Please note that ENTRANT JUDGING RESULTS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.

  • We acknowledge that both qualitative and qualitative results are ultimately subjective, and dependent on the differing opinions of the Specialty and Honorary Judges. To that end, entries deemed to be "Artomobilia First in Class" or "Artomobilia Best in Show" candidates will be validated for continuity and consistency by the Judging Committee Chairman and select members of the Judging Committee. The decisions are of the Judging Teams and Judging Committee are final.



Our scoring system includes a 5 point scale in each of five categories (Exterior Condition, Interior & Trunk, etc.).  Within each evaluation category, the judging team begins with an average score of 3 points.  If the entry is exceptional, it will receive an "above average" score. If it is lacking in some way, it will receive a "below average" score in that category.   

Each entry starts with an "average" score to accelerate the judging process, and to enable the judges to assess the merit of the car individually, and then as compared to those in its class.  Further, when our team is evaluating an entry that is 50 years old, the entry may be scored above (or below) average (for it's age, and in it's class) in many areas due to it's age.  Conversely, late-model cars by their nature, may tend to skew more average.  As an extreme example, a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette may tend to skew above average as compared to a 2018 Corvette that may skew more average.


Qualitative Scoring

The judging team will also consider the design and provenance of the car, the significance and/or history of the individual car, and/or the marque, and its influence on the automotive hobby at-large.  And, it is this consideration that in many cases "moves the needle" in determining class and event winners.  

We have defined four common entry profiles.  While these principles vary slightly from class-to-class, we generally believe that "Old/Significant" is preferable to "Old/Shiny" which is preferable to "New/Significant" which is preferable to "New/Shiny".  Like many things, time and preservation matters.  

To keep things fresh, entries that win the class or event, are tagged as "Emeritus" in subsequent years, and are ineligible to win the that same class more than once for a 3 year period. So, if an entry wins it’s class in 2019, the next opportunity to win that same class would be 2023.


As a simplified illustration, we host a Ford Shelby Class each year that is challenging to judge because of the narrow focus of the class, significance of the marque, the broad range of the years, and the incredible quality of the entries.  This class best illustrates how (and why) our judging philosophy is applied.  In the sample Ford Shelby Class below, all things being equal, the 1965 427 Cobra Competition would be the most favorable entry, but could not win the Shelby class again for a 3 year period.


Rules & Regulations

The rules and regulations that we have developed and refined since the first Artomobilia in 2008 are intended first and foremost to protect all the participants and their property (in that order).  Safety is our primary concern.  Further, we seek to preserve, promote and present a fantastic, fair and fun-filled event for visitors, participants, sponsors and District merchants.  To that end, the following describes the rules and regulations for the upcoming Artomobilia.  As you would expect, our rules are enforced with discretion toward our objectives, are subject to change without notice.   

We appreciate your commitment to Artomobilia, please be aware of the following show regulations: 

  • Acceptance into the Artomobilia is made by our Selection Committee. Entry fees will only be refunded for entries that are not accepted by our committee.

  • We will apply common sense in regard to concerns to the safety of our guests, our participants and their property.

  • All judged cars must display the Artomobilia information placard at all times.

  • Judges will ask hoods and tops to be raised during judging. Prior to judging, hoods should be closed and tops can be positioned according to the participants preference. Once judging is complete, position of hoods, tops, etc. is at the discretion of the entrant.

  • No "For Sale" or other signs are permitted to be placed on or around your entry(s).

  • No advertising or promotion of any company, product or service is allowed near your entry(s) outside of an agreed-to sponsorship.

  • No additional displays are allowed to accompany your vehicle. Any signs or other vehicle information should be presented inside the vehicle (interior or trunk). No canopies or roping-off of cars or areas is permitted. This is soley for the safety of our entrants, guests and their respective property.

  • All cars MUST arrive at the Marshaling Yard (Carmel Elementary parking lot) or an Express Check-in Area for escort to the display area in the Carmel Arts & Design District between the hours of 8:00am EST and 10:30am EST. Any entries that are not at the Marshaling Yard at or before 10:30am will be refused, and no refunds will be provided.

  • No entry may be moved, apart from class winners and Artomobilia Best in Show candidates, once placed in their appropriate spot by the marshaling official until 5:00pm. No exceptions will be made due to safety concerns.

  • At the completion of the awards, all cars in the District need to be moved off the roadway no later than 6:00pm.

  • Artomobilia is a rain or shine event. If weather-related situation occurs, the Organizing Committee will communicate with entrants via email and/or text messages to notify them of modification to schedules and activities. If the weather becomes untenable, entrants and guests will be directed by the city authorities to shelter in the parking facilities of the Indiana Design Center or Sophia Square.