passed away at the age of 87 on 9/15/13. He was a California native, born in Hollywood on 6/5/26. He was a west coast resident all of his life, living mostly in Orange County, CA.
He joined the Air Force at the end of World War II where he met his later brother in law, Bob Betz. With a GI Bill education, he began a 10 year career at Aerojet General, including work on the NERVA project (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application).
Betz and Carrillo enjoyed building hot rods. They machined their own parts and ran their hot rods at El Mirage and Bonneville. For his contribution to land speed racing, Fred was inducted into the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 1949 Betz and Carrillo ran their first hot rod at Bonneville. That same year Fred married Betty Mae Betz. Together they had four children. Fred's passion became a business when he started making connecting rods for high performance engines. Internationally recognized for 50 years, Carrillo rods continue to set the industry standard, favored for their durable design and reliability.
He participated in Formula 5000 and Indy racing in the 1970s as an owner. He took a car known as "The Spirit of Orange County" on the USAC circuit in 1975. Fred was a pioneer crowd sourcer, offering smaller sponsorships sold as "oranges", purchased by OC residents and displayed on the car.
Aside from racing cars, Fred also had an interest in racing horses. He owned and bred many horses and in his later years, it was one of the few activities he still enjoyed attending. One of his horses, Bordonaro, was a top sprinter and went to the Breeder's Cup in 2006 and 2007.
Fred also enjoyed ranching longhorn cattle in Nevada, snow skiing with friends and family and motorcycle riding in his leisure time. He was an avid gambler and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren the tricks of horse betting and casino games.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret and Olive; his brother, Joseph; and former wife, Betty. He was widowed by wife Geraldine. He leaves behind many who will miss him, including his wife, Elizabeth; his son, Richard and wife Chris; his daughter, Carin; his son, Raymond and wife Rebecca; Ray's sons, Adam and Beau; his son Robert and wife Marion and their daughters Jessica, Michelle and Rachel; and great granddaughter, Annaliese.
The family will be having a private memorial service on 10/20/13 in Dana Point. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to
in Fred's honor.