Editor’s note: The following remembrance was provided by CP-Carrillo on behalf of Barry Calvert.
With great sadness we announce that Fred Carrillo, founder of Carrillo Connecting Rods, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 84.
“This is a sad loss for all of us here at CP-Carrillo,” said Barry Calvert, CEO of CP-Carrillo. “Fred had dedicated his career to building Carrillo into a great company-one which we all continue to be enormously proud of as we celebrate Carrillo Rods’ 50th anniversary. Fred not only developed enormous respect both inside and outside the company as one of our industry’s greatest innovators who pushed the envelope, but also for those who knew him well, he engendered a sense of affection and loyalty through his candor, openness and integrity, and through his unique sense of humor.”
Fred was born in 1929 and grew up in Hollywood, Calif. His true passion was automotive performance. Fred is responsible for the development of the unique H-beam design connecting rod never seen before in an automotive application until 1963.
Even as he faced these last months of his life, he did so with typical grace, courage and strength, and we’d like to extend our thoughts and sympathies to his family.
At this time we have no details regarding a memorial service, but we will keep you informed as those plans are finalized.