Stu Hilborn was a pioneer of hot-rodding and an innovator in the use of fuel injectors on performance engines. Hilborn died Monday at age 96.
Hilborn became fascinated with making speed at an early age and began toying with the idea of using mechanical fuel injection to increase the horsepower of automotive engines.
After World War II, he used his ideas to become the first person in history to surpass 150 mph racing on dry lakes.
After Hilborn’s ideas made their way into a 1948 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, his fuel injection units became popular in virtually all types of automobile racing. He later transitioned into building electronic fuel injection products.
More than 60 years later, Hilborn Fuel Injection Engineering Co. continues to be an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of fuel injection products.
Hilborn is survived by his wife, Ginny, his daughter Edris and son Duane, as well as four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.