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Fuel Injection Pioneer Stu Hilborn Passes Away

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.

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  4. NOTE: The picture you have here is of my Uncle Howard Wilson who is the one who drove Stuart Hilborn’s streamliner when it went over 150 mph on the dry lake. 150 Howie was what he was called after that, since Stuart didn’t drive after he crashed the car and broke his back. This is a little know fact but since I grew up with these guys, I would like to set the record straight. My father Jack Engle, Stuart Hilborn, Jim Travers, Frank Coon, Phil Remington, Howard Wilson, many more, ending with Phil Hill. Were all in the Low Fliers car club of Santa Monica. So the New Years Eve Parties when I was growing up were full of hot rod pioneers, I wish I knew back then what I know now…. Mark Engle

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