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Plaza Autofest/Street Festival Sept. 26

ALCO-6 Racer To be Featured

The 1909 Alco-6 Racer, the famed car also known as “la Bete Noir” or the “Black Beast,” will be featured, for the second consecutive year, at the 26th Annual Great Neck Plaza Annual AutoFest and Street Festival to be held on Sunday, Sept. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. The Alco-6 Racer gained prominence for its consecutive victories in the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races held on the Long Island Motor Parkway and for participating in the first Indy 500 Race held in 1911.

Jay Corn, Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) vice president and AutoFest committee chairperson is excited the car will be featured again this year. “The Great Neck Plaza BID is proud to have such an iconic car headlining our Autofest. Participation is always great at these events and I am sure all participating car enthusiasts will appreciate this exotic addition. Current owner Howard Kroplick has kept this restored vehicle in immaculate condition, and will be showing the car at many events throughout Long Island.”

Manufactured in Providence, Rhode Island, the Alco-6 Racer weighs 3,300 pounds, has a 6-cylinder engine, 100 horsepower and can achieve a speed of 120 mph. In 1909, the vehicle cost $6,600.  Today it is priceless.

The Great Neck Plaza Street Festival and Autofest draws a crowd of thousands and showcases all of the sights, sounds and tastes that Great Neck Plaza has to offer. Additional attractions during the course of the five-hour festival include an antiques show and sale featuring over 65 antique vendors and a “clothesline art show” debuting the works of many local artists.  

Jean Celender, mayor of Great Neck Plaza noted, “The AutoFest and street festival is always a highlight event for us. It gives us a chance to showcase our Village while saying thank you to our community for supporting our merchants.”

A variety of musical acts will provide the soundtrack for the day, including the regionally acclaimed Meade Brothers, Gathering Time, The Rock Club and a DJ from All or Nothing Promotions. Each of these musical groups offers a different style of music for adults, teens and kids to enjoy.

Kids will also enjoy carnival rides and games, including a dunk tank, magician, pony rides and a petting zoo. Face-painters, magicians, clowns, stilt-walkers, henna tattoo artists and Elvis impersonator, Gene DiNapoli, will all be on hand to make the visit more enjoyable.

International foods are always a mainstay of the AutoFest and Street Festival. Be sure to take advantage of the delicious and diverse food that Great Neck Plaza has to offer, many featuring discount prices for the street festival. There are a variety of restaurants offering Asian, Mexican, Greek, Continental, Italian, Mediterranean and American style foods.

For more information, please call 829-1301 or visit