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#386369 - Tue Jan 15 2013 07:15 PM TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS"
57tbirdkid Offline
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Registered: Tue May 04 2010
Loc: NY


Some History on Champion:
France dominated the spark plug market in the early 1900s, supplying gasoline engine manufacturers with only a limited line of plug configurations. They were also known to be quite costly and had substandard quality.Albert Champion was born in France in 1878. In 1889, a renowned bicycle and motorcycle racer, Champion came to America to compete in a series of races. He had brought several bicycles and motorcycles, but found parts very hard to find in the United States. As a result, Champion made his own. To help pay bills and cover expenses, Champion began making spark plugs and sold them to friends. Champion's love of motors slowly turned towards automobiles and he later returned to France to open a shop that manufactured spark plugs and magnetos. In 1900, Champion returned to America after being hired by Charles Metz to race bicycles and motorcycles for the Waltham Manufacturing Company. In 1904, Champion moved to Flint, Michigan where he founded Champion Ignition Company for the manufacturing of spark plugs. With the help of investors, Champion was able to turn his racing hobby into a successful business. Unfortunately, problems with the investors soon lead to a break up. Champion soon found himself without a company. The investors continued to manufacture the spark plugs under the Champion name, but Champion himself was out of a job. In 1908 with the backing of the Buick Motor Co., Champion began a new company called the AC Spark Plug Company. Albert Champion was appointed president. In 1916 Alfred P. Sloan formed United Motors Corp. and eventually acquired Buick and AC Spark Plug. On October 27, 1927, Champion died of a heart attack. General Motors purchased the remaining stock held by Champion's estate and took over the AC company.
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#386379 - Tue Jan 15 2013 07:44 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: Bob Richards]
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Got it I was thinking Tba stood for something else I'm just all confused today sorry for that
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#386622 - Wed Jan 16 2013 06:46 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: s932]
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#387132 - Sat Jan 19 2013 04:31 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
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#387134 - Sat Jan 19 2013 04:36 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: pumpingethyl]
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Some great Champion items there Dennis! I wish I had something to contribute...
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#387164 - Sat Jan 19 2013 06:49 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: Bob Richards]
Savinsam Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 20 2006
Loc: northwestern Pa.
Champion shipping box, 3 1/2' long x 14" high x 12" side.


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Description: large wooden shipping box for #3 plugs.



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#387251 - Sun Jan 20 2013 09:09 AM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
H1HUMMER Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 05 2007
Loc: KENNEWICK, WA
Couple items I have


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#387269 - Sun Jan 20 2013 10:39 AM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: H1HUMMER]
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Loc: smyrna, de USA
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#387283 - Sun Jan 20 2013 12:46 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: THERMOMAN]
theChandlers Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 08 2006
Loc: Smyrna, DE
Game and blotter


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#387339 - Sun Jan 20 2013 04:00 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: theChandlers]
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#387434 - Sun Jan 20 2013 08:31 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
rustynuts Offline
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Registered: Sun Aug 26 2012
Loc: NY
One plug is a J-8 & the other is J-9. When I first saw it I couldn't help wonder how it worked...lmao...then I realized its probably a display piece. Both are Champion plugs...not welded or glued.


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Edited by rustynuts (Sun Jan 20 2013 08:51 PM)

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#387645 - Mon Jan 21 2013 04:29 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
gmstuff Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 22 2007
Loc: Elkridge, MD, US
Here are some photos of Champion items in my collection and a few from a good friends..

The first are two counter display boxes.. These are not shipping boxes, they were most likely used in a large window display..

The large marquee sign is made from masonite.. It had a large blank spot for a clock when we got it but no clock.. Not sure what was there originally but the Chevy time fits great..

Ill post a few more as soon as i can get some photos of other items..

Enjoy, Keith


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#387647 - Mon Jan 21 2013 04:30 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
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Registered: Mon Jan 22 2007
Loc: Elkridge, MD, US
Here are a few more... Enjoy


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#387661 - Mon Jan 21 2013 04:55 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: gmstuff]
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Registered: Tue May 04 2010
Loc: NY
Some excellent items everyone!!!!
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#387692 - Mon Jan 21 2013 06:13 PM Re: TBA COMPANY OF THE MONTH "CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS" [Re: 57tbirdkid]
Dave Richey Offline
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Registered: Mon Nov 24 2008
Loc: Pearl Mississippi USA
I thought this sign was pretty common and would have been posted by now.


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