Aug 26 2017

History Channel: The Alco Black Beast in “Cars That Built America: Part I”

This month the History Channel played a new series "The Cars That Built America". In the two-hour Part I, I played Alexander Winton, the world's fastest man, racing Henry Ford. As seen in this five-minute segment, I did all the stunt driving in the Alco Black Beast.


Howard Kroplick

The Alco Black Beast makes its appearance at the 3:06 mark.

Check out my great acting. The director told me to give Ford a look of distain.

The segment was originally shot at Old Bethpage Restoration Village in July 2012 for the series "Men Who Built America".

That was Ed Labounty driving as Henry Ford. His Ford racer was actually Labounty's 1913 White.

Ford won the race by less than a car length.


Aug 27 2017 Mike Davis Sr 12:44 AM

Awesome Howard, I hope the new spare is holding up! The Black Beast, The Alco.

Aug 27 2017 Laura and Kenneth Harris 9:16 AM

A pleasure to view!

Aug 27 2017 Andy Hartwell 11:48 AM

Yes, I watched the new series and immediately recognized the footage from the prior series.  Great to see it all again!

Aug 27 2017 Rich 8:45 PM

Great footage.  Hadn’t seen is Enjoyed the story of this historic game-changer.  Must’ve been a blast to shoot these scenes.

Aug 28 2017 Joe Oesterle 8:40 PM

Every time I watch this I keep hoping you will win.  smile

Howard Kroplick

Me too!!!

Sep 01 2017 Howard Kroplick 9:12 AM

Gary M:
I saw that show, that was you and your car. How cool!

Sep 01 2017 Howard Kroplick 9:14 AM

Lee C:
I remember seeing that History series in 2012.  Had I only known it was you driving!

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