Jun 15 2014

Vanderbilt Cup Races Featured on Velocity’s AmeriCarna Series

The Velocity Channel's AmeriCarna series focused on the Vanderbilt Cup Races. On Long Island, repeats of the Velocity Channel's AmeriCarna series can be seen on Cablevision's #27 and #727 (HD Channel), DISH Network #246 and Direct TV #281. The Vanderbilt Cup Race episode of AmeriCarna will be shown on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm.





Howard Kroplick

Press Release from Discovery Communications

The Vanderbilt Cup

Premieres Tuesday March 4 at 8:00 PM
Ray travels to Long Island New York with the hopes of learning more about America’s first major auto racing competition. The race began at the turn of the 20th century and helped develop the first major American racing stars and drove American manufacturing to competitive standard with the highly progressive Europeans.

January 09, 2014
Velocity Takes Viewers on a Road Trip Through American History With the All-New Series AMERICARNA

(Silver Spring, Md.) --Racing Icon Ray Evernham Leads Viewers Epic Ride Through American Culture in the Series Premiere of AMERICARNA, Tuesday January 28th on Velocity –

-- Ron Howard, Surf Legend and Innovator Laird Hamilton, Beach Boy Mike Love, Country Idol Brad Paisley among Guests Sharing the Impact Iconic Automobiles Had on their Lives --

This January Velocity takes viewers on a tour through American culture through the lens of one its greatest inventions: the automobile. Three-time NASCAR champion Ray Evernhamhosts this cross-country trek, chasing down the cars that had a profound impact on shaping our national identity. From the inception of American racing at the turn of 20th century, to the Woody wagons that defined California culture in the 50’s and 60’s, to the infamous drag strips of the 70’s, automotive history has left an indelible imprint on the American experience. AMERICARNA lifts the hood on legendary four-wheeled treasures that continue to have a profound influence on our cultural DNA. AMERICARNA debuts Tuesday January 28 with a special double episode premiere at 8:00 and 8:30.

“The automobile is a quintessential part of the American experience - they’re synonymous with freedom, adventure,” said Bob Scanlon, General Manager of Velocity. “Since the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line, cars have continually helped evolve our culture, and we’re honored to have a true godfather of American car culture, Ray Evernham, host AMERICARNA.   The stories and characters featured are even more unforgettable than they cars themselves.”

“Over my career, I have visited every corner of the country and learned firsthand about America’s rich, diverse love affair with automobiles,” said Evernham. “Cars hold the key to many of America’s historical secrets, and I am proud to share my journey through barns, along coastlines, and inside racetracks and garages with viewers on Velocity this January.”

The premiere episode brings Ray together with a surfing legend and revolutionary waterman, Laird Hamilton. The focus of the episode is the iconic Woody Wagon – a staple in the beach community - popularized by in the 50’s and adopted by surfers nationwide as a fitting chariot to transport their gear. Additional episodes feature historical automotive insight from famed director Ron Howard (Arrested Development, The DaVinci Code, Apollo 13) , music legend Mike Love (The Beach Boys), Country superstar Brad Paisley, And Hot Rod racing guru Don Prudholme.


Mar 01 2014 Ellyn Okvist 7:33 PM

LIMPPS:  We have our own movie star!  And the ALCO jumpsuit shows we mean business. Congratulations to our leader.  We love you Howard.

Mar 02 2014 Howard Kroplick 9:34 AM

From Bill Rheingold:


Mar 02 2014 Howard Kroplick 9:35 AM

From Ellie K:

I enjoyed your film very much.  Thankfully you r not a mechanician.  Uh oh they didn’t comply- 680!

Mar 02 2014 Steve Green 1:17 PM

  Very impressive segment.  (I hope I can get Americarna out here on the Left Coast, on Direct TV).  I was unaware that Walter Chrysler actually worked for Alco when they were manufacturing cars, and that’s what led him to go into the automobile manufacturing business. . . . .very interesting.

Mar 02 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:52 PM

From Mark Dill (Facebook)

DVR alert - my friend Howard Kroplick and his amazing ALCO racer will be featured on the next episode of “Americarna” on Velocity. If you don’t already know Howard’s car is a 1908 machine that won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup races ( VanderbiltCupRaces.com) and competed in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. This car has racked up numerous concours awards and was driven by Emerson Fittipaldi during pre-race ceremonies for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 as well as by Howard during the 2012 IMS Legends Day event.

Mar 02 2014 Howard Kroplick 9:56 PM

Steve, in December 1909, Chrysler’s first manufacturing job was superintendent of the Pittsburgh Works locomotive plant of the American Locomotive Company. Chrysler was recruited from the railroad industry in January 1912 by an Alco director James Storrow to work for Buick.


Mar 02 2014 Ted 10:31 PM

I’m sad to say that I can’t watch it, I was told you have to a HD and I don’t. Any ideas what to do ? I would appreciate any help

Mar 03 2014 Eric Miller 9:33 PM

Very interesting!

Mar 04 2014 Ted 1:55 PM

I guess I can’t watch it tonight, but hopefully at a later date online. This is just a thought, Wishful thinking, it’s not live tonight is it? Ha, I must be dreaming. Those photos are great at the garage and also the video

Mar 04 2014 Erik Larsen 9:16 PM

Great show.  I have only been alive for 46 years, but i am so impressed with Long Island’s History.  The segment on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury was filmed behind my childhood house.  It got me searching for old maps to show my 11 year old daughter the roots for the races and how the start finish line was on Jericho Turnpike where I grew up.  Keep up the good work.  Most of the Google links I found lead to your site.

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:02 AM

From George H.

Great job,“K”. Was fun to watch.

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:03 AM

From Ian Z.

We just saw AmeriCarna. It was amazing!

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:04 AM

From Jan H.

Just happened upon Ray Evernham’s Vanderbilt Cup show on Velocity.  You were great.

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:29 AM

From Rog P.

Howard, Howard, Howard…what a wonderful Americana show with Evernham…you were great, #8 was great and the history of Vanderbilt Cup Races on Long Island was great. Thanks for the heads up so I could watch it and share the fun you obviously were having.

Mar 05 2014 Mike Cain 10:44 AM

Nice job Howard. I really enjoyed the show. We need to find a way to get the Vanderbilt Cup trophy out of that cabinet and back on display on Long Island.

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 11:11 AM

From Cliff G.

Great presentation and information on Americarna last night.  This looked (to me) in large part to be most of your research and what you have been presenting.  You and the ALCO presented a historical picture that I do hope will be noticed by others and put Long Island’s prior racing history in a place it should be not forgotten and hidden away.

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 11:12 AM

From Bruce A.

GREAT SHOW last night !

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 11:13 AM

From Ron R.

Thanks so much for the heads up on your website for this great series on cars and such. 
I watched everyone twice as it was repeated at 11:00 PM.  Seeing the Vanderbilt Cup episode
was great for us Long Islanders !!!!  Great job with Ray Evernham and his crew. 
As a second item of great interest was to see the progress of Walter Chrysler’s Chrysler in the shop now being painted and put together.  What a project and hope to see it in Roslyn very shortly. I sincerely wish great success to you on the above and hope to see you at the ALPCA meet at the Massapequa Elk’s lodge on Saturday April 12th, 2014.  Best Regards Again !!!!!!!

Mar 05 2014 Steve Lucas 2:31 PM

Fabulous show last night! Where can we get an EMMY application for best documentary?

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 3:31 PM

From Warren K.

I cannot begin to tell you how much Maddy and I enjoyed watching you on Velocity’s AmeriCarna last night.

You are a natural television personality with an incredible knowledge and passion for Long island’s history with the automobile.

I learned a lot from the program and gained a better understanding of your enthusiasm for your historic vehicles.

Enjoy your continued success.  You should be considered for an EMMY!!!

Mar 05 2014 Howard Kroplick 4:50 PM

From Walt G.

Your show on tv last night was GREAT!

Mar 05 2014 Ted 5:49 PM

So many great comments and I don’t even have a word to say about it, darn it, because I didn’t watch it. Now I really want to see it, some way I will. I’m still asking for help, as I said on Sunday or I’ll just have to wait until there’s a rerun online, which may not be for awhile.

Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:22 PM

From #AmeriCarna

“The Black Beast” won two Vanderbilt Cups and competed in the first Indy 500! Now that’s #AmeriCarna

Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:24 PM

there that didn’t learn something new? #AmeriCarna


From Tom Wright   @Sammyracing

@AmeriCarna_tv Another great show. I have seen that car before. I have pictures of it at St. Patrick’s church in Smithtown.


Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:25 PM

From AmeriCarna   @AmeriCarna_tv

“The Black Beast” won two Vanderbilt Cups and competed in the first Indy 500! Now that’s #AmeriCarna


Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:27 PM

From Adev ‏@adevaratsinge · Mar 4
@AmeriCarna_tv awesome show and the trophy was crazy cool

Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:27 PM

From Velocity ‏@velocitytv · Mar 4
It took 6 months to hand build a racecar like the Black Beast in the early 1900s, from bolts up. @AmeriCarna_TV #AmeriCarna @RayEvernham

Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:28 PM

From Mike Bell ‏@agentbell4272 · Mar 4
@velocitytv @AmeriCarna_tv @RayEvernham funny that Americans are still chasing the Europeans to build a better car. We are still behind them

Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:29 PM

From Chris Schwarz ‏@chris24schwarz · Mar 5
@AmeriCarna_tv That was a great show! Awesome to see the #blackbeast out on the road! Curious to see Chrysler’s town car when finished

Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:30 PM

From Douglas L Norton ‏@DouglasLNorton · Mar 5
@AmeriCarna_tv The best car show on TV. Was The Black Beast 18 or 8?

Mar 06 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:32 PM

Doug, the Black Beast had a different number for each of its 16 races. For the time trial races, it indicated the start position.

Mar 06 2014 Ted 10:02 PM

Thought I’d let you know that cablevision channel 27 and 727 don’t have it unless you have a HD TV along with the HD box, that’s why I can’t get it

Mar 07 2014 Howard Kroplick 2:06 AM

From Trustum ‏@howdydevoe

@RayEvernham great show,I’m from Roslyn and a Nascar fan go #24 . Also great turn out at Williston park town hall very informative

Mar 07 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:36 PM

From Howard Teich- AmeriCarna Facebook
Saw the episode last night… the car seemed familiar, then realized that I have seen it at the car show at Old Westbury Gardens…. even had pics of it saved on my phone… lol Thanks for the history lesson Ray…. I live on Long Island and enjoyed learning the racing history!!!

Mar 07 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:37 PM

From Kevin Thompson -AmeriCarna Facebook

Saw this car up close a couple of years ago. Very nice !!!

Mar 07 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:40 PM

From Chris Newton- AmeriCarna Facebook

Wow, that trophy was beautiful! Gave me goosebumps when the Smithsonian curator unveiled it!

Mar 08 2014 Howard Kroplick 3:06 AM

From Love owls 24 #NFB ‏@Oldwomanlove24 Mar 4

Wow didn’t know about Vanderbilt thank u @RayEvernham and Velocity! !!

Mar 08 2014 Howard Kroplick 3:07 AM

From Michael C. Huntley ‏@HuntleyMC Mar 5

[email protected]_tv @RayEvernham thanks for great episode about Vanderbilt Cup. Nice to watch entertaining and informative television.

Mar 08 2014 Howard Kroplick 3:07 AM

From Dave Moody ‏@DGodfatherMoody Mar 5

@americarna_tv @rayevernham LOVED the show on Vanderbilt Cup. Must-see TV again this week!

Mar 08 2014 Howard Kroplick 3:08 AM

From David Wainstock ‏@Bypass1959 Mar 5

@RayEvernham @AmeriCarna_tv @velocitytv I really enjoy this show. Thank you for keeping this part of history alive. #ilovecars

Mar 08 2014 Howard Kroplick 3:09 AM

From Harry Gaydosz ‏@harrygaydosz Mar 5

@AmeriCarna_tv @RayEvernham Been a railfan my whole life but never knew Alco made a car…let alone a race car! Great show!

Mar 09 2014 Howard Kroplick 1:34 AM

From Bob D.

I just caught a show called AmeriCarna and Ray Evernham featured the Vanderbilt cup races and you and the Alco-6 Black Beast car. I’ve been a race fan since childhood and been a study of the racing history here on Long Island. The show was very well done and I really enjoyed it. As a mechanical engineer auto racing is the perfect combination of technology and human competition as far as I am concerned. My congrats on a job well done on the show!

May 19 2014 Howard Kroplick 12:55 PM

From Wayne Petersen:

Saw the AmeriCarna, Very Cool! Thanks to you very keeping American automotive history alive.
Best regards,
Wayne Carroll Petersen
Barney Oldfield, Master Driver of the World & America’s Legendary Speed King
Great Great Nephew

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