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SPARK OF LIFE

“e it known that I, Nikola Tesla, a citizen of the United States…have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Electrical Igniters for Gas-Engines….” So begins the 1898 patent granted to Tesla for an electrical ignition system that included spark plugs. Peer into the early history of spark plugs and you find more famous names, names of men rather than of their later namesake companies: Robert Bosch, Albert Champion, the Lodge brothers. Back when making internal-combustion engines work at all reliably was the cutting edge of technology, engineers were making their reputations and fortunes developing

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