Don Tilley in January 2010
His name goes hand in hand with Harley-Davidson Racing. Why does his name seem to pop up when people talk about motorcycle racing? To find the answer, we will have to look back nearly 50 years. In the late fifties he raced stock cars and motorcycles while working for the local Harley-Davidson dealer in his hometown of Statesville, NC. In the 1960s, he ran several races on the Grand National Circuit, including 2 at Daytona. He also worked for "The King" Richard Petty during that time period. In 1972, he took advantage of the opportunity to reopen a Harley-Davidson dealership in Statesville, NC. From humble beginnings, Don and his wife, Robinette turned it into a highly successful business. He has done some sort of racing and/or racing sponsorship ever since!