Ray Harrington, founder and president of Harrington Mold and California Pony Cars (CPC), passed away February 13, 2012, due to heart failure.
Born November 19, 1947, in Ontario, California, Harrington attended high school in 1965 when baby boomers were coming of age and Ford’s new Mustang started rolling into showrooms everywhere. Although Harrington was taken with the new Mustang, his first love during his college years was mold making. He gained experience in several mold-making shops in the Inland Empire for many years as a seasoned journeyman before founding Harrington Mold in 1976.
Because Harrington also possessed an obsession for classic automobiles, designing and producing reproduction Mustang parts became a natural extension of his Harrington Mold operation. His first reproduction Mustang part was the standard ’64½–’66 outside rearview mirror, which answered the call for a durable reproduction mirror that wouldn’t fall apart. With this success came the vision to produce an array of reproduction parts. His next undertaking was the ’65 Mustang gas cap followed by an extensive line of reproduction parts that is still sold today. Over the years, CPC’s product line has expanded to classic and late-model Mustang parts and accessories, including a retro wheel line.
On a personal level, Harrington was a health and exercise enthusiast. He participated in several competitive races, including the La Jolla Half Marathon in 2004, 2005 and 2010 and the Claremont Village Freedom 5000 in 2001. He was looking forward to running in the 2012 La Jolla Half Marathon. Harrington is survived by his wife, daughter, mother and sister.