Our deepest regret at hearing this news today...hot rodding would never have been the same without Hilborn.
Stuart Hilborn (b. 19 October 1917, Canada, d. December 2013 California) was an automotive engineer who became interested in amateur racing on dry lake beds before World War 2. After the war, he began experimenting with ideas for mechanical fuel injection and tested them on his own race cars. After a crash that broke two of his vertebrae, Hilborn gave up racing but only a few years later, his injectors were adopted by professional racers with notable success, including the first to break the 150-mile-per-hour mark. Starting in 1949, Hilborn-equipped cars claimed dozens of victories at the Indianapolis circuit.
Hilborn eventually started a company to sell his injection systems to the public, which became popular with hot rodders of the 1950s and 1960s. A classic mechanical Hilborn injection system is recognizable by its distinctive flared velocity stack intake pipes, rising straight up from each cylinder, flared at the open top, and usually polished or plated for a bright, shiny finish. Today, that company continues to provide performance products including mechanical and electronic fuel injection systems.
Hilborn was inducted into the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Hall of Fame, as well as the HOT ROD Magazine Speed Parts Hall of Fame. According to Hilborn Fuel Injection’s Facebook page, which announced the news of Hilborn’s passing at age 96, Hilborn is survived by his wife Ginny of 60 years, along with his daughter Edris and his son Duane, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.