John Joseph Campion, passed

Kevin Channer

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John Campion passed away Oct 2, 2020. He was an Irish American immigrant who came here from Cork at the age of 21 with $25 dollars in his pocket. He became a very successful energy entrepreneur. He was a passionate collector of Fiat and Lancia rally and race cars. He was much more than a rich guy with an expensive car collection. He was a historian for Lancia /Fiat racing, he drove his cars, displayed his cars, gave under privileged youth track time in real race cars. Youtube has videos https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...41CE1CC5F3615FB54B2D41CE1CC5F3615FB&FORM=VIRE
 

BEEK

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Wow, that sucks, he and i talked about his lancia collection. He invited me to his place in jacksonville. I never made it, now im sure i cant. This will be a great loss to all and the collectors of all lancias. May he rest in peace, great guy, big heart, avid automobile collector.
 

Dr.Jeff

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Amazing collection in that video. Honestly I had not heard of him before so thanks for sharing. He appears to have been quite young.
 

RJ80

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John was a wonderful, very colorful enthusiast and I was lucky to get to know him through the years. He was very generous with his cars and gave me wheel time in his 037 rally car, Group 4 Stratos and several others. One thing not mentioned here was that he worked for many great rock bands in the '70s/'80s handling their portable power arrangements on tour as a "roadie" of sorts and this was the inspiration for his highly-valued mobile energy business that came later. Once he was a business success, he never forgot where he came from and helped sponsor the racing activities of several junior Irish racing drivers. He also had several famous Irish-driven race cars including an ex-Derek Daly F1 car and a Fiat 131 Abarth rally car.
 
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Kevin Channer

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John was a wonderful, very colorful enthusiast and I was lucky to get to know him through the years. He was very generous with his cars and gave me wheel time in his 037 rally car, Group 4 Stratos and several others. One thing not mentioned here was that he worked for many great rock bands in the '70s/'80s handling their portable power arrangements on tour as a "roadie" of sorts and this was the inspiration for his highly-valued mobile energy business that came later. Once he was a business success, he never forgot where he came from and helped sponsor the racing activities of several junior Irish racing drivers. He also had several famous Irish-driven race cars including an ex-Derek Daly F1 car and a Fiat 131 Abarth rally car.
Say a prayer to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers and drivers, pour a Guinness, and rev the engine on the Lancia really loud, I think John is listening.
 

RJ80

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I have lots of photos of his collection somewhere. I'll see if I can't dig up a few to post here over the next several days.
 
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