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.

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  • Feb 15 2009

    Alco Mechanics at Work

    Over 250 people have come to see the Alco-6 Racer since its return to Long Island including Joyce and Richard Roman of West Babylon. Joyce is the granddaughter of Jens Thorvald Jansen, one of the Alco mechanics who prepared the car prior to its victory in the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race.

  • Feb 03 2009

    A Fun Alco Gathering

    Last Saturday, over 100 people gathered to see the restored 1909 Alco-6 Racer at its current home at 55 Lumber Road in Roslyn. Below are images from this very wonderful event.

  • Jan 27 2009

    Newsday Reports ‘Beast’ race car on display

    Sunday's Newsday published an article on the temporary display of the restored Alco in the lobby of the Waterfront Building at

  • Jan 24 2009

    The Alco-6 Racer Gets Fired Up

    On Saturday, January 24, 2009, the restored Alco-6 Black Beast Racer was fired up for the first time since its return to the United States.

  • Jan 20 2009

    When the Alco Black Beast Warmed Up for the First Indy 500 on the Motor Parkway

    Mark Dill has discovered an Indianapolis Star article published on May 21, 1911 describing how Harry Grant warmed up the Alco Black Beast for the first Indy 500 Race. The Alco reached a speed of over 107 mph on a practice run on the Long Island Motor Parkway.

  • Jan 15 2009

    Video: The Alco Black Beast Racer Arrives On Long Island

    The restored 1909 Alco-6 Black Beast Racer arrived on Long Island on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

  • Jan 13 2009

    The Alco Black Beast Racer Arrives Back in the US

    I am pleased to announce that the restored Alco Black Beast Racer has arrived in the United States and has passed Customs. The above photo was taken last Friday at a New Jersey warehouse.

  • Jan 11 2009

    Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island Cited in Roslyn News “Year in Review”

    The January 9, 2009 issue of The Roslyn News cited the book Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island in an article 2008: The Year in Review by Joe Scotchie:

  • Jan 09 2009

    The Alco at the 1911 Indy 500 Race

    Driver Harry Grant with mechanician Frank Lee drove the 1909 Alco Black Beast in the greatest races of its time; two Vanderbilt Cup Races, two Elgin National Trophy Race, one American Grand Prize and the Inauguaral Indy 500 Race in 1911.

  • Dec 24 2008

    Alco Black Beast Racer Makes the News!

    Check out page 6 of today's Newsday for an excellent article by reporter Bill Bleyer.



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