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The fast times of Albert Champion : from record-setting racer to dashing tycoon, an untold story of speed, success, and betrayal

Nye, Peter 1947- (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library HD 9710.3 .U54 C436 2014 30775305500572 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781616149642 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 1616149647 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9781616149659 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: print
    460 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "This is the first biography of the short but exciting life of Albert Champion--record-setting bicyclist and motorcyclist, daredevil race car driver, early automobile innovator with thirty US patents, charismatic ladies' man, and celebrity of the Jazz Age. Though most Americans have heard of the two companies he founded--Champion Spark Plug and ACDelco--few know much about the flamboyant man behind the companies. The book's lively narrative describes the many adventures of the Frenchman who rose from poverty in Paris to great wealth and fame in both his native France and the United States. As a bicycle racer, Champion set more than a hundred world records. When the urban speed limit was 8 mph, he was the first ever to drive a motorcycle a mile under a minute. Then a car-racing crash in Brooklyn snapped a leg bone that kept him in traction for eleven weeks. Handicapped but undeterred, he hobbled out of the hospital on crutches and recovered to win the French national cycling championship. He subsequently invested his prize money to become a tycoon in the American auto industry, working closely with the leading players in this new revolutionary industry. Good-looking and a natty dresser, he was an incorrigible ladies' man whose many dalliances finally ended in a love triangle that resulted in his death under mysterious circumstances"--
Subject: Champion, Albert 1878-1927
Champion Spark Plug (Company)
Automobile supplies industry United States History
Racers (Persons) France Biography
Businessmen France Biography
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