Date of Birth: 1917-10-09
Club: The Low Flyers
It was while in the air force that a young Stu Hilborn came up with a revolutionary new way to feed more fuel to an engine. The technological breakthrough earned Stu the reputation as the Father of Fuel Injection.
Most hot rodders were skeptic yet in 1948 Howie Wilson drove the Hilborn srtreamliner through the 150 mph barrier, effectively silencing his critics. While the car broke all records the design was seen as a piece of art. In April 1948 it appeared on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine and continued to campaign at the lake. Unfortunately on a run, the streamliner flipped several times, putting Stu in hospital and the car out of action.
In 1949 Stu took his injectors to Indy where they became an instant success. Bill Vokovich drove the ?Fuel Injection Special? and while he crashed while leading after the 190th lap, Hilborn still got a first place with a Troy Ruttman win. From the 50?s to the 70?s Hilborn Injectors have had 34 wins at Indy. Today Hiborn Injectors are used in everything from sprint cars to drags to tractor pulling.