Hilborn-style fuel injection systems have been around since the 1940s when Stuart Hilborn developed his first homemade fuel injection system. He proved the system’s merits on the dry lakes, where he became the first hot rodder to break the 150 mile-per-hour barrier.

Stuart Hilborn passed away yesterday at the age of 96.

The legend may be gone, but his legacy lives on through the countless drag racers, Indy drivers, lakes racers, and hot rodders who have used Hilborn fuel injection. Although Hilborn’s racing career was short-lived—a crash ended his racing days shortly after his historic dry lakes run—gearheads quickly took note of Hilborn’s technology and sought him out to build fuel systems for their engines. Nowadays, most any type of stack injection setup on an engine is often referred to as a Hilborn setup—even when it’s made by another brand!

How’s that for making a mark on the hobby?

Hilborn is survived by his wife Ginny, son Duane and daughter Edris, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.