Joined: 08 Jul 2004 Posts: 2548 Location: Coulsdon, UK
Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 22:02 Post subject:
There is no such thing as the Triple Crown of Motorsport. it's a journalistic invention. They might have copied the term from Rugby where the term has been used for years to describe a team beating the other three British teams in the Five Nations (now Six Nations) series of matches. It's a convenient shorthand for saying 'winning the top event in different forms of Motor sport'. Indianapolis as a race is far more significant than the AAA/CART/Champcar/Indycar/whatever championship and Le Mans is bigger than the Sports Car/GT/Endurance Championship. No GP stands above the others, unless you say the French GP de l'ACF as it was first or Monaco because it's the most glamorous, so they originally plumped for the Championship.
This first hit the press was Graham Hill with his wins at Indianapolis, Le Mans and either the World Championship or Monaco depending on who was writing.
Then the Americans countered with AJ Foyt's wins at Indianapolis, Le Mans and the Daytona 500
Then the Andretti fans came up with Indianapolis, Daytona 500 and the World Championship
And in vintage times there was Louis Chiron with the GP de l'ACF, Le Mans and the Monte Carlo Rally. Or Nuvolari with Le Mans, Mille Miglia and GP de l'ACF
John Surtees can claim a Motor Cycle World Championship (or three), a World Drivers' Championship and a CanAm Championship
In today's world of specialisation I doubt we will see many 'triple crown' claimants in future. _________________ The more you learn, the more you realise how little you know.
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