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

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2014.
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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.
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subject_facet Automobile supplies industry -- United States -- History
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
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Champion Spark Plug (Company)
Champion, Albert, -- 1878-1927
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title_display The fast times of Albert Champion : from record-setting racer to dashing tycoon, an untold story of speed, success, and betrayal
title_full The fast times of Albert Champion : from record-setting racer to dashing tycoon, an untold story of speed, success, and betrayal / Peter Joffre Nye
title_short The fast times of Albert Champion :
title_sub from record-setting racer to dashing tycoon, an untold story of speed, success, and betrayal
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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business
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Businessmen
Champion, Albert
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
History
Racers (Persons)