May 28 2011 “Black Beast to Run Centennial Lap in Indy 500”

Christopher Collora has produced this article and accompanying video for Saturday's

Black Beast to Run Centennial Lap in Indy 500

1909 race car returns to where it first raced in 1911.

The Black Beast, an Alco 6 race car built in 1909 and often displayed around Garden City, will return Sunday to the Indy 500 race 100 years after participating in the inaugural race in 1911.

The car will be doing a parade lap with four other cars from the first race at 9:50 a.m. May 29. Owner and racing historian Howard Kroplick has been hard at work preparing the Beast for its historic trip

Click here for the entire Patch article.


The Patch is along for a ride in the Black Beast. See the driver's eye view of driving the historic race car.

The 100th Anniversary of the 500 Mile Race, Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday Event Schedule. If shown on the ABC broadcast, the Black Beast will likely be seen during the 11:00 am pre-race show.

A live feed from Indy.

Check out Bobby Cassidy's article on the Black Beast in Sunday's Newsday.

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May 29 2011 Dave Morrison 6:26 AM

Wonderful accomplishment.  Good luck at the Indy 500.

May 29 2011 penny havard 7:04 AM

Good Luck and I can’t wait to see a video of this.

May 29 2011 Walt Gosden 8:21 AM

It is a great and historic day for the Black Beast Alco, as well as for our good friend Howard . The moment of a lifetime. All of us are so fortunate to be able to share in the thrill of the day because of this wonderful web site. Congratulations.

May 29 2011 Tom Grant 10:15 AM

Very, very cool!  We’ll be tuning in.

May 29 2011 John Tures 10:39 AM

Fantastic picture of the ALCO next to the Marmon Wasp. They probably have not been that close since 1911!

Fantastic piece of racing history, congratulations.

May 29 2011 Walter McCarthy 12:25 PM

Hey Howard,  I saw you blow by that stop sign on the film included!  W

May 29 2011 Howard Kroplick 7:00 PM

The Black Beast had a fantastic day. We did the parade lap in the fastest time of the five 1911 racers… finally beating the Marmon Wasp after 100 years. Emerson Fittipaldi had the Beast up to 68 mph with me as his waving mechanician!

Details on Tuesday.


May 30 2011 Roger Price 10:12 AM

Mazel tov!!!  What an incredible thrill for you and the Alco to be at Indy and to drive around that fabled track.
I hope there’s a video of the “race” with the Marmon.  Again congrats.
Roger Price

May 30 2011 Noel Gish-Trustee Vanderbilt Museum 10:42 AM

another Black Beast “mile stone”!!! I would imagine that Howard is already planning a return in 2111?? can we top 68 MPH?? Bravo
          Noel G

May 30 2011 Al Velocci 12:37 PM

Howard,                              Congratulations, What a wonderful experience! You are the envy of every car racing enthusiest, a lap around the Indy race track in a real race car. Who knew what would transpire when you picked up the Alco on that Newark dock just a short while ago. Hope you will share more of your Indy saga. Al

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