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Newsday rides the Black Beast

They are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup races at the Cradle of Aviation this weekend. One of the special guests is Janet Guthrie, the first woman to drive in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500.

But, one of the key elements of the celebration is the 1909 Alco-6 Racer, called Bete Noir (Black Beast). The car's current owner, Howard Kroplick, was nice enough to give us a ride. Here's the video:


Here are some more facts about the car, courtesy of Kroplick:

Year Built: 1909

Manufacturer: American Locomotive Company Original Cost: $6,000

Engine: 6 cylinders, 680.6 cubic inch displacement, 11.16liters, "T" head engine with four-speed transmission

Wheelbase: 134 inches Weight: 3,306 pounds

The Black Beauty raced in the very first Indy 500 and won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup races.


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