The Bbroth­ers Til­ley

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The Til­ley name is syn­ony­mous with his­toric tour­ing racing and Chryslers.

paid them a visit.

Any­one with a pass­ing in­ter­est in Group N his­toric racing or the Tour­ing Car Masters se­ries will know the name Til­ley. Broth­ers Brad and Cameron Til­ley have been around the his­toric tour­ing car racing scene pretty much ever since there was an his­toric tour­ing car racing scene. Their in­volve­ment started in the early 1980s with their leg­endary S Se­ries slant-six model Valiants (push-but­ton au­to­matic and all), be­fore even­tu­ally pro­gress­ing through to Fal­cons, Mus­tangs and Pac­ers.

The broth­ers have been hugely suc­cess­ful over more than 30 years and they’re still racing to­day. And still win­ning.

About the only thing that’s changed is that they’re now pro­vid­ing oth­ers with the ben­e­fit of all they’ve learned over the jour­ney, be it build­ing cars or en­gines, or help­ing oth­ers to get the best out of their ma­chines or them­selves as driv­ers.

The Til­leys are a mo­tor­sport fam­ily, but they are also Chrysler peo­ple. Their love of Valiants stretches back a gen­er­a­tion. Their fa­ther, John Til­ley, is him­self a Chrysler afi­cionado.

Back in the day, John Til­ley raced a Holden 48-215 at Oran Park. But drag racing was more his thing.

“He was cir­cuit racing Hold­ens and drag racing Main: The Til­ley broth­ers, Cameron (left) and Brad. Left: Old Valiants never die... The Til­leys’ S Se­ries in ac­tion at Oran Park in 1987 (far left) and at Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park in the 2005 Masters(right). Valiants,” Brad Til­ley says.

Their mother, too, went drag racing, in an S Se­ries Valiant. Mrs Til­ley also drag raced the fam­ily Fal­con, an XY GT-HO Phase III…

“I re­mem­ber see­ing pho­tos with us kids at Castlereagh in prams while they’re out racing!” Brad laughs. “So I think racing was al­ways what we were go­ing to do.

“Dad did rock ex­ca­va­tion, but on the side he was a me­chanic. He did a lot of work from home and helped out a lot of peo­ple. Then he got in­volved in a shop called Val­speed at Manly Vale.”

This was the Valiant speed shop on Syd­ney’s North­ern Beaches run by Des Leonard. AMC read­ers may re­call Leonard as one of the own­ers of the three Ply­mouth ‘Ram­charg­ers’ (fea­tured in AMC #47) that found their way downun­der in the mid-1960s. John Til­ley worked there when Leonard was racing the Ram­charger (in­set be­low).

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