A single AMSOIL/ Street Rodder Road Tour involves a week on the highway as we travel from an event to another event and spend the days in between visiting shops, manufacturers, private car collections and historical sites. After one of these jam packed weeks most folks are ready to take a while to recuperate. Doing two Tours back to back is a real feat as we complete one Tour and immediately head out on the second Tour. These back to back Tours usually occur a few times each season. To do three AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tours back to back to back is a real test of participants and their machines. In 2008 two cars with four people completed the first Triple Crown Challenge. In 2012 five cars and ten people completed the Triple Crown Challenge. Last year only one car with a single driver pulled off the Triple.
This year the Triple Crown Challenge was back and took place over the first three Tours of the season. The sponsor for this year's Challenge was very appropriate. Roadtrippers.com is a very cool website and app. Roadtrippers.com helps folks plan their journeys around the country with information to make the travels very interesting and fun. After you go to the Roadtrippers.com website you plug in a starting and ending point for your trip. Tweak the route to meet your needs and travel time then the fun begins. You decide what you would like to see along the way. There is a laundry list of places to visit and interesting things to see along theroute. The choices range from the standard hotels and restaurants to sports related stops, historic sites and even a category actually called "weird attractions" It is a very easy and interesting way to plan your trip or vacation.
The 2014 Roadtrippers.com Triple Crown Challenge kicked off in San Antonio with the Vintage Air Road Tour as we traveled to the 50th L.A. Roadsters Father's Day Show in Pomona, Ca. From Pomona we headed to St. Paul on the Minnesota Street Rod Association Back to the 50's Road Tour. From St. Paul we heade d to Pueblo, Co. on the Aeromotive Road Tour to the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals Plus. The Roadtrippers.com Triple Crown Challenge took three long weeks and covered almost 5,000 miles as we crisscrossed the country. Three vehicles and their occupants set out from San Antonio on June 8 and ended up in Pueblo on June 27. Skip and Jeanne Ringo from Upland Ca. in their 1936 Ford coupe, Phil and Wanda Endicott from Grove, Ok. in their 1937 Ford coupe and Ray Lark from Lake Havasu City, Az.in his 1933 Ford roadster. Ray was the first person to ever complete the Triple Crown Challenge in a roadster. It was an exciting three weeks on the Road Tours. On Thursday evening in Pueblo we all celebrated at a dinner complements of Street Rodder Magazine. Each of the driver's will receive a commemorative jacket to show everyone that they are one of a select group to meet the Triple Crown Challenge.
Next year the Triple Crown Challenge will be back. It will include the Vintage Air Road Tour to the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Ky., on to the Back to the 50's event in St. Paul and again we will wrap up the three in row with the Aeromotive Road tour to the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals Plus in Pueblo. Take the Challenge next year and join the ranks of the few who have completed three AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tours in a row.