The Fast Times of Albert Champion: From Record-Setting Racer to Dashing Tycoon, an Untold Story of Speed, Success, and Betrayal

Peter Joffre Nye


RACER. INNOVATOR. megastar. wealthy person. CHAMPION.

This is the 1st biography of the quick yet fascinating lifetime of Albert Champion--record-setting bicyclist and motorcyclist, daredevil racecar motive force, early motor vehicle innovator, charismatic ladies' guy, and famous person of the Jazz Age.

Though so much american citizens have heard of the corporations Albert Champion founded--ACDelco and Champion Spark Plug--few understand a lot in regards to the charismatic guy at the back of them. Like a Richard Branson of the early twentieth century, or an Evel Knievel with a company measure, Champion was once a powerhouse whose lifestyles used to be outlined via either pace and success.

Champion rose from poverty in Paris to nice wealth and repute in either his local France and the USA. As a bicycle racer, Champion set greater than 100 global files. while the city velocity restrict was once eight mph, he was once the 1st ever to force a motorbike a mile below a minute. A car-racing crash snapped a leg bone that stored him in traction for 11 weeks. Undeterred, he hobbled out of the medical institution on crutches and recovered to win the French nationwide biking championship.

Champion invested his prize cash to turn into a wealthy person within the new and innovative American automobile undefined, operating heavily with the prime avid gamers and gathering thirty US. His contemporaries incorporated Charles Lindbergh, who recommended Champion's product via asserting, "AC Spark Plugs stored my engine operating perfectly."; Louis Chevrolet, whom Champion subsidized financially until eventually it got here out that he used to be attempting to seduce Chevrolet's spouse, which resulted in a struggle and the tip in their friendship; and William Durant, founding father of a "new conserving company" referred to as normal Motors.

A infamous ladies' guy, Champion's many dalliances have been fodder for the papers and eventually resulted in a love triangle that ended in his loss of life less than mysterious situations.

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