Kevin Macadaeg has been contemplating holding an event such as Cruise Indy car show for 20 years.
Macadaeg had watched as his hometown of Pontiac, Mich., held the Woodward Dream Cruise, which started in 1995.
“They were expecting 25,000 at the first one and ended up with 250,000,” Macadaeg said. “It’s become the largest cruise event.”
So Macadaeg, a doctor and founding member of Carmel-based Indiana Spine Group, finally launched Cruise Indy, which will be a 12-mile open cruise between Carmel and Indianapolis Sept. 14.
“With me being a motorhead wannabe and a supporter of the military, I was looking for a good venue for the military and I think this could be a good thing for Carmel, the state of Indiana and for Folds of Honor,” said Macadaeg, adding that Indiana Spine Group often supports charitable causes.
Folds of Honor-Indiana provides scholarships to families of veterans who have died or are disabled. Folds of Honor-Indiana presented 44 scholarships totaling $216,800 in 2018
“If it becomes successful as a cruise, many things could be sponsored down the road,” Macadaeg said.
Macadaeg, 58, said he believes Indiana should have a huge cruise car show because the state has produced the coolest cars ever made – Duesenberg, Cord and Stutz – and has greatest racing venue in the world with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indiana also is home to the first gas pumps and first electric hybrid and first fully electric automobiles.
The cruise travels from Smokey Row Road and heads down Range Line Road to 96th Street and turns around.
Macadeaeg, a Geist resident, said the interest from car clubs has been strong so far.
“I just want it to be a good weather day,” he said.
The event will be based at the Indiana Spine Group, 13225 N. Meridian St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food, ice cream trucks and a bourbon tent.
There will be an appearance by actress Catherine Bach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bach is best known for playing Daisy Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series.
The cruise is set for noon to 2:30 p.m.
The cost is $30 to enter a car. For more information or to register, visit cruiseindy.com or call 317-275-1947.