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Carrillo Connecting Rods celebrates 50 years

Toni Avery
Apr 19, 2013

Not many companies can say they lead the industry with their product. But Carrillo, celebrating its 50th anniversary of Carrillo Connecting rods can. Established in 1963 by Fred Carrillo, the vision was to design, manufacture and test high performance connecting rods. While most companies would give into the high demands of the racing industry and leave their customers behind, Fred had the approach to manufacturing of no compromise. Knowing that the racing industry would be one to go on a never ending quest for speed, the company approached this with the same intensity as those they were serving in motorsports.

Not only was he able to serve motorsports successfully, but the company also pioneered (during the 1960's) the traditional H-beam design for demanding race engine applications. After Jack Brabham's Formula 1 World Championship win in 1966 and Fred's involvement, this helped to propel the company.

After decades of holding onto the company, Fred sold his interests in 2001 and the company was acquired in 2008 by CP Pistons. The corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant moved from San Clemente, CA to Irvine, CA in 2009 and in 2010 CP Pistons and Carrillo Industries combined to become CP-Carrillo, LLC.

CP-Carrillo will be celebrating the anniversary with various events throughout the year.

By Toni Avery
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