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AD spark plugs notebook.

Obscure items of motoring memorabilia continue to turn up. I found this small notebook, which appears to have been issued by the company responsible for A.D. spark plugs (A. Dutemple, of 33 Rue de Seine, Ivry-Port, Paris, France) amongst a pile of random papers and magazines in an antiques centre. Judging by the early design of spark plug shown on the notebook's cover, a type of plug (or "bougie") that was designed to be dismantled for cleaning by a pioneering owner, or chauffeur, of voitures in France, this must date to well over one hundred years ago. Nothing has been written inside the notebook sadly.
The front cover features a clear drawing of an "AD" spark plug, along with the company's address in Ivry-Port. The reverse refers once again to the AD bougie d'allumage (spark plug), and also to a record run where 13,500 kms were covered over the course of 30 days, presumably where the car was fitted with one (or more) AD spark plugs. I wonder what car was used? I've not come across this make before, but given that they were En vente partout, ie on sale everywhere, they must have been reasonably commonplace in France at least, so much as anything specific to a car might have been in the early 1900s.
French spark plug notebook
I wonder how it came to turn up in a Herefordshire antique centre? And what became of the company from Ivry-sur-Seine? Is this a well-known manufacturer of spark plugs in France, just as KLG, Champion, Lodge and so on were here in the UK? I'd also be interested to find out more about the record-breaking drive that the rear of the notebook refers to.
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