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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  • Jul 28 2009

    The New York Times Editor at the 2009 Vanderbilt Autocross and Concours

    One of the spectators at last Sunday's Vanderbilt Autocross and Concours was Dan Neville, Picture Editor of The New York Times. In this photo, Howard Kroplick is discussing the Alco-6 Black Beast Racer with Mr. Neville prior to a run on the course.

  • Jul 27 2009

    Great Time at the 2009 Vanderbilt Autocross and Concours

    What a fun time yesterday at the Second Annual Vanderbilt Autocross and Concours! Over 1,000 people enjoyed viewing the racers and classic cars near the right-of way of the Long Island Motor Parkway. The Alco-6 Black Beast Racer made several trips on the course. Here, mechanician Dr. Mark DeSantis and I

  • Jul 26 2009

    Black Beast Fired Up and Ready for Today’s Autocross at Roosevelt Field

    The Alco-6 Black Beast Racer arrived back on Long Island yesterday and went through a half-hour of trial runs through East Hills. The racer is all ready for today's Autocross at the southwest parking lot at Roosevelt Field. Hope to see you there!

  • Jul 25 2009

    Enjoy the 2009 Vanderbilt Autocross and Concours at Roosevelt Field

    Come out and enjoy the Second Annual Vanderbilt Autocross and Concours at the southwest parking lot of Roosevelt Field (near Macy's) this Sunday from 9:00AM to 4:00 PM. Vanderbilt Cup Races, Inc., led by Guy Frost, has issued this press release on the event.

  • Jul 23 2009

    Roslyn News Features Vanderbilt Autocross at Roosevelt Field

    Yesterday's Roslyn News featured the Second Annual Vanderbilt Autocross and Concours deProvenance on its back page. The event will be held this Sunday, July 26th at the southwest parking lot of Roosevelt Field from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Late entries can use this registration form .

  • Jul 21 2009

    Film “Alco Cars 1908-1913”

    From 1908-1913, the American Locomotive Company built 5,000 Alco cars in Providence Rhode Island. This three-minute film documents 22 models manufactured during this six-year period. Only 12 Alcos are known to exist today including the 1909 Alco-6 Black Beast Racer.

  • Jul 11 2009

    The Alco-6 Racer Invited to the 2009 Fairfield County Concours D’Elegance

    The Alco-6 Black Beast Racer has been invited to the 2009 Fairfield County Concours D'Elegance to be held on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at The Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut. This event will feature more than 200 extraordinary classic automobiles and rare motorcycles.

  • Jul 08 2009

    The Alco-6 Racer will be Featured at the 25th Annual Great Neck Plaza Festival

    The 1909 Alco-6 Racer will be featured at the 25th Annual Great Neck Plaza AutoFest and Street Festival to be held on Sunday, October 11 from 12 noon to 5:00 PM. The Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District has issued this press release concerning the event.

  • Jun 18 2009

    Newsday- Alco In the Garage

    Today's Newsday's "In the Garage" column by David Fluhrer features the Alco--6 Black Beast Racer. Highlights include:

  • Jun 17 2009

    Images from the 2009 Greenwich Concours

    Several websites have posted images from the 2009 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance held on June 6-7, 2009. These two photos are courtesy of Ed Hyman and can found on the VSCCA website.



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