The Alco Black Beast
The restored racer that won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races and raced in the first Indy 500
Nicknamed “the Black Beast,” this was one of the most famous race cars of its era. A two-time winner of the Vanderbilt Cup, a major event in the early years of American motorsport, the car was the favorite to win the first Indianapolis 500-mile race in 1911.
May 04 2013
Last month, I was contacted by four Great Neck South Middle School students requesting a film interview on the Long Island Motor Parkway.
May 01 2013
The entire Black Beast team had a wonderful time at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington on Saturday and Sunday at the opening of the exhibit "Car Culture: Art and Automobile".
Apr 10 2013
Last January, Jason Owen called me with a special request concerning his April wedding.
Apr 01 2013
Congratulations to Tim, Frank Scotty, Greg Tsistinas, Steve Lucas, Brian McCarthy, Frank Femenias, susansmoose, Gary Hammond, Art K., and Joe Oesterle for correctly identifying last Friday's Mystery Foto.
Jan 16 2013
Hear the Alco Black Beast roar at these 2013 events:
Jan 12 2013
The DVD for the History Channel's series "Men Who Built America" will be released on January 22, 2013. John Hammond, Town Historian of Oyster Bay, received a pre-release copy of the 3-disc collection and has forwarded copies of the amazing DVD's covers.
Jan 01 2013
Vera S: I was just watching the video narrated by Edsel Ford of Henry Ford winning his first race. Curious, where is that famous cut glass punch bowl now?
Dec 25 2012
In October 2011, Ford Racing uploaded this eight minute film of "The Race That Changed Everything" narrated by Edsel B. Ford II.
Dec 08 2012
The special commemorative 100th issue of Hemming Classic Car published for January 2013 includes a featured article "The Black Beast" by Senior Editor Jim Donnelly.
Nov 29 2012
The Alco Racer was officially nicknamed the Black Beast before participating in the 1911 Elgin National Trophy Race...which turned out to be be its last major race.