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A brand of spark plugs founded by Robert A. Stranahan and Frank D. Stranahan in 1908.

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History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Champion (spark plug) page on 4 July 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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 1931, Champion introduced its first suppressor-type spark plugs. They used a carbon-based resistor to reduce the effects of ignition noise on radio waves.

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.

Champion is also a longtime sponsor of various racing events, cars, and series including two series run under sanctioning by IMSA.


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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
25 December 1922NEW SPARK PLUG MARKED ADVANCEWashington Times-Herald
31 December 1922Factory in Toledo Produces 120,000 Spark Plugs DailyWashington Times-Herald
30 March 2007Johnson Controls to Market Champion® BatteriesAnthony Fontanelle
1 August 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Champion Filtration ProductsSummit Racing Equipment


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