Chuck Rudy, Jr. challenged you to solve this holiday weekend's Mystery Foto.
Answers to the Mystery Foto questions:
- Identify the race car, the driver and mechanician. Provide your rationale.
The Alco Black Beast with driver Harry Grant and mechanician George Babcock. This is the only race where Frank Lee was not Grant's mechanican. Frank Lee competed in the race as the driver of another Alco.
Rationale: Comparative photos of Frank Lee and George Babcock.
- Which race were they preparing for? Provide your rationale.
The 1911 Elgin National Trophy Race was held on August 26, 1911 on the 8.47 mile Elgin road race course. The Alco Black Beast ran as the #1 car. Despite finishing a strong second , the American Locomotive Company decided to quit racing two weeks later.
The rationale: The 1911 Elgin race was the only race in which the Alco Black Beast had the Bete Noir logo placed on its chassis.
- Identify the truck in the background
This appears to be a custom-made 3-ton 1911 Alco truck used to transporty one or more of the Alco racers.
Congrats to RC, Steve Lucas, Ariejan Bos, Gary Hammond, Greg O. and Frank Femenias for identifying the 1909 Alco Black Beast. Kudos to Steve Lucas and Gary Hammond for identifying George Babcock, the 191 Elgin National Trophy Race and the Alco truck.
Thank you Veterans for your service!
Harry Grant and George Babcock
Note: The Bete Noire logo below Grant's foot.
1911 Elgin National Trophy Race- Pre-Race
Photo courtesy of Lee Ferbin, his grandfather Herbert Carl Ferbin can be seen on the far left.
Harry Grant and George Babcock in their Alco sweaters.
Note the Bete Noir log.
1911 Elgin National Trophy Race
The race was won by the #2 National driven by Len Zengel.
A great shot of the Black Beast at the finish.