Grant County, Indiana’s reputation as the coolest destination in the Midwest was established in 1955 when local native James Dean became an instant film sensation. Dean’s cool, self-assured style is the hallmark of our community and today Dean’s legendary love of cars and motorcycles lives on in Grant County, Indiana.
From the first hint of the warmth of spring through the crisp fall air and the changing color of the leaves, our community celebrates Cool with spectacular car shows. Hot rods, muscle cars, classics – each has its own distinct appeal to the car enthusiasts who flock to Grant County each year. Literally thousands of classic automobiles are on display, so no matter what era, make or model you prefer, you will discover the cars and the owners who share your passion. Consider this your invitation to enjoy the glistening shine of chrome, the unmistakable scent of polished leather and the distinctive sound of a monster engine roaring to life. Check out our Calendar of Events to find all of the great events Grant County has to offer.
And while your Rebel Spirit is here, explore Fairmount, Indiana, hometown of the original rebel, James Dean. See exhibits and displays featuring this 50’s icon at the Fairmount Historical Museum and the James Dean Gallery. Browse through the Rebel Rebel Gift Shop to find 50’s treasures for your collection. Tour the James Dean Landmarks Trail: see the motorcycle shop where Dean bought his first motorcycle, view the high school where Dean made his acting debut, take a picture at the James Dean memorial downtown, visit Friends Church where his funeral was held, and leave a remembrance at James Dean’s headstone in Fairmount, Indiana’s Park Cemetery.
- Things to Bring: Camera, cell phone to check in on Foursquare, sunscreen, clothes appropriate for the weather, friends and family, your Rebel Without a Cause-inspired red jacket.
- Other Rebel Attractions on and by the trail: Fairmount Historical Museum, Ivanhoe’s Restaurant, Hi-Fi Stereo Shop, James Dean’s birth site in Marion, Indiana. More dining options are available throughout Grant County.