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.
Apr 05 2014
The Floral Park Historical Society has announced an unveiling ceremony for a Vanderbilt Cup Race Historical Marker on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12;00 pm to 2:30 pm.
Apr 01 2014
The recent AmeriCarna "Vanderbilt Cup" episode focused on the six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island and the Vanderbilt Cup trophy.This nine minute segment features a summary of the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Alco Black Beast.
Mar 18 2014
Chris Collora of Patch.com created this video of the Alco Black Beast's participation in the 2011 Indy 500 Pre-Race. ThIs nine-minute film features an extended interview with me describing my first Indy experience.
Mar 15 2014
In September 2011, car rally expert Steve McKelvie posted on his SteveMcKelvie.com blog about seeing the Alco Black Beast at the 2011 Lime Rock Historic Festival.
Mar 12 2014
In 2011, I met car rally enthusiast Steve McKelvie at the Lime Rock Historic Festival. I recently discovered two blog posts by Steve McKelvie concerning the Alco Black Beast. This SteveMcKelvie.com post focused on artist Carlo Demand's painting of the Alco Black Beast and the Corbin Cannonball during the 1910 Vanderbilt
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.