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.
Jun 12 2013
One of the favorite locations to watch the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races was the Old Country Road Turn in Hicksville. Here is a "Then & Now" of the turn and another Vanderbilt Cup Race discovery.
May 31 2013
Over the last two years, VanderbiltCupRaces.com has attempted to document the Alco "12"- the 12 reported existing rebuilt and restored cars made originally by the American Locomotive Company in Providence, Rhode Island.
May 22 2013
Two of my favorite car shows for wonderful causes are the Car Show Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival.
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 upcoming 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?