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.
Mar 06 2014
The Velocity Channel's AmeriCarna series focused on the Vanderbilt Cup Races on March 4, 2014.
Mar 05 2014
Max Axen has forwarded this 2010 Hemmings article by David Traver Adolphus on one of the "few survivors of the Guided Age"-Ralph Hamlin's 1911 Franklin Special desert racer.
Feb 26 2014
In May 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the famous basement garage of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Among the many spectacular automobiles in the basement was a 1909 Alco Runabout.
Jan 31 2014
Last Tuesday, Discovery's Velocity Channel premiered its 10-part series AmeriCarna featuring Ray Evernham. On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the series will focus on the Vanderbilt Cup Races and automobile racing on Long Island.
Jan 11 2014
Hemmings announced two honors for the Alco Black Beast this month.
Dec 18 2013
Editor Matthew Brodsky of Wharton Magazine has posted this online article "The Black Beast and The Blue Pill" .
Dec 02 2013
Last week's Mystery Foto featured a shaft driven Alco racer.
Oct 28 2013
Hugh Nutting submitted this week's Mystery Foto, a previously unpublished photo of a race car.
Oct 08 2013
This four -minute news clip on the Alco Black Beast was created by videojournalist Louis Dane for FiOS1 Long Island.
Aug 28 2013
The Black Beast will be the January 2014 car for Hemmings Classic Car 2014 Calendar.