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Champion Car Spark Plugs

Albert Champion (4 April 1878 Paris—26 October 1927 Paris) was a French road bicycle racer, who won the 1899 Paris–Roubaix. In 1908 he founded the Champion Ignition Company to make spark plugs in Flint, Michigan. In 1909 the name changed to AC Spark Plug Company, after Champion's initials
Champion became interested in cars and car racing while he was in the USA. He moved back to France to make spark plugs and magnetos. He returned to America in the early 1900s, establishing the Champion Spark Plug Company in Boston. In 1908, after a disagreement with his Boston backers, he left the company and moved to Flint, Michigan, where he founded Champion Ignition Company. His first office was on the top floor of Buick factory 1. The company was incorporated in October 1908 and changed name a year later, following a legal challenge by his former company, to AC Spark Plug Company, after Champion's initials. To this day, both names survive as ACDelco (GM products) and Champion spark plugs sold by Federal-Mogul.
Champion died on 27 October 1927. General Motors bought all the company by acquiring shares held by Champion's estate.
Champion is an American brand of spark plug. Originally Champion was a Fortune 500 Company founded by Robert A. Stranahan and Frank D. Stranahan in 1908 in Boston and then moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1910 to be close to the Willys-Overland Auto Company.
In 1989, Champion was purchased by Cooper Industries and is now a wholly owned brand of Federal-Mogul Corporation. Its main products are a line of spark plugs for a wide range of cars, trucks, SUVs, racing and marine applications. Also included in the brand are spark plug wires and other ignition system specific wiring.