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Message posted by Web master on 23 April 2005 at 2:45pm - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of Tillicum Raceway.


Message posted by Sherry Nadeau on 08 May 2007 at 12:13am - IP Logged
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I remember Tillicum Raceway as a little girl, my father used to race stock cars there (Roy Nadeau). My sons and I were trying to find the track last time I took them mountain biking up Silver Star. I can still remember some of that drive but it has sure changed over the years!

Message posted by PC on 27 October 2007 at 6:06pm - IP Logged
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In Fall 2007 the Raceway is still very much iun the same condition as the '04 pics. I've been on site wondering if there was any chance to resurrect it, and whether or not racers would find it again. I would love to hear back from people who have fond enough memories to revisit the track.

Message posted by snafu_rick on 30 October 2007 at 4:52pm - IP Logged
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i have just been up to the track today for a walk around track on this BEAUTIFUL fall day in the okanagan. i looks like it woulda been a pretty cool little 1/4 mile oval in its day. theres houses or more like chalets all down the front stretch and almost into turn 2.. too bad !! the wall remains pretty well intact besides turn four but might haul my son and his gocart up there one day  

Message posted by Alvis on 23 November 2007 at 9:24pm - IP Logged
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Tillicum Raceway is for sale, has been for a long time but I cannot find the listing or how much they want for it.

I think it would make a great park, like Langley Speedway is now. Put a soccer pitch or tow in the infield, fix the hole in turn 3-4 and have a nice bicycle/rollerblade path.

Spring time I plan on taking my 1958 Norton up there for a photo shoot as Brooklands is a little too far away!

Message posted by Gary O. on 02 January 2008 at 8:10am - IP Logged
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Hey snafu: Too bad Vernon is  a sh*t town now. Crime is worse (per capita) than Vancouver, most residents think their sh*t dont stink what with all the golf courses, ski hills, etc. nearby, and half of f**king Alberta has bought up all the spare land! And the "Rise" development, near the airport? Talk about a raping of the hillside!!  This place is a dump now !! The Home Depot, Revy, and RealCanadian SuperStore there ALL have bigger squ. footages than their Kelowna counterparts !! WTF is up with that? Just WHO is trying to turn Vernon into the next Kelowna (yuk)?

Message posted by PC on 10 April 2008 at 1:09am - IP Logged
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Thanks for the '75 pics! Anybody else who can add to the album, feel free - it would be much appreciated,

Message posted by Alvis. on 13 April 2008 at 10:57am - IP Logged
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SOmebody *MUST* have Super 8 film of the racing up there?

Message posted by lincoln on 22 April 2008 at 7:13pm - IP Logged
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 anyone have directions to find this place?  

Message posted by Alvis. on 27 April 2008 at 4:12pm - IP Logged
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Turn east onto 48th avenue from either Hyway 97 OR 27th street. Keep going east on 48th avenue and it will turn into Silver Star Road at Pleasant Valley Road and you will be 5.8 km from the track. Stay on this road. You will pass BX Elemetary School then go up the hill. Keep going up the hill! You will pass Phoenix Drive on the left and Bates Road on the right. Keep going you are almost at the turn off. Tillicum Road is your next right. There will signs at the turn off for Cedar Falls Campground and BX Falls park. Turn right here and you will be 1.7 km from the track.. The road will start going into a little valley and it wil twist and turn. You will come to a hairpin turn passing BX Falls park/trails. Keep following TIllicum Road. You will come to a fork in the road and you can go straight or turn left. Turn left, this is Dixon Dam Road. Almost there! There is a turn off to a little group of houses called TIllistar Villiage. This is the old parking area and grandstan area of rhte track. Keep going and you will come to a sharp right hand turn. If you look to your right in the turn you will see the banking for turns 3 and 4. Just as the road straightens out, there will be the track entrance on your right. 


Message posted by Joe Brown on 30 June 2008 at 3:21pm - IP Logged
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Yes it is for sale I saw the realistate sign up there yesterday. I will give more feedback later on who is selling it and so. Also my cousin would like to know if it would be possible to bring his race buds up there next year on a friday night before the races saturday because they all race late model challenge series at sunvalley speedway and his buds would love to see the neat old track and all that jazz. Hopefully some some day they could get that track up and running again.


P.S. Do you know why the track got closed down I heard there was a big crash someone died?

Message posted by Alvis on 30 June 2008 at 3:30pm - IP Logged
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YEs somebody did get killed there but that was no tthe reason the track close down.

I am told that the owner was bringing in higher and higher end racers and had to increase the prices accordingly. In the end, the track could not afford to operate. Its last season was 1975. In the late 70's/early 80's a plan was hatched to redevelope the track as housing and to be part of the adjacent TIllicum Ski Hill. If you walk throught hte brush in turns 1 & 2you will find some foundations which were to be a tennis club and clubhouse (as far as I can remember)! Also, the chalet style houses you see were not there when the track was in operation. As a young kid, in the early 80's, I can remember my Dad driving us arpund the track as it was not blocked off! At this time, the catch fences were still up and the starter stand was too. I always remeber the big hole that has been dug through turns 3&4. This was an accese road for construction crews. Work stopped sometime in 1981 or so around the same time TIllicum SKi Hill wnet into recievership.

In later years the track property was owned by Clearly Canadian Beverages and was in fact the site of the well that provided the water for their soft drinks! If people only knew.

Message posted by Joe Brown on 01 July 2008 at 3:20am - IP Logged
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Wow I never knew that much about that old track thats really neat. I do live in Vernon so I see that track quite often and I always thought that, that wall was tooken out due to weak dirt or vandalism over time. When my cousin came up to see the track he was amazed on how well the ashphalt was still intact and how the banks are so steep compared to sun valley speedway it must of been a hell of track in its day. I also heard there was natural hot springs around there that people went to close by or something like that? Hopefully this weekend I can get up there and go in the pit area where the tennis club is and stuff and check it all out and I hope who ever is buying that property will not tear it down, mabe it will become a historic track well kept like langley speedway.

Message posted by Alvis. on 01 July 2008 at 12:26pm - IP Logged
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Hot Springs were across the road. Later used by Clearly Canadian.

In the infield between turns 3 and 4 there is a tiny claering and there used to be some car remains in there, although I haven't looked for a long time. If you do look hard enough you will find the odd car part, tool, oil can (metal oil can, remember those?) etc. I have an air cleaner of a 390 FOrd and a plastic tool pouch that I found there backin the 90's. There was even a complete grill off a late 60's Chevelle in the brush just off the track but the day I went to go and get it, it was gone! It had only been sitting out for 20 odd years before that. Used to be a couple of old engine blocks too off the track in turns 1 and 2.

Message posted by Joe Brown on 01 July 2008 at 1:24pm - IP Logged
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Im going to have to really take a good look now! I also saw a area where there was a shack and a little open area where there was big logs sitting in a row with a metal box near by with little rails around it near the straight away

Message posted by b_man360 on 07 July 2008 at 3:10am - IP Logged
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it would be sweet to get a club going and buy the track and referb it. alot of money could be made by chargin people to do laps on it. you could also have amateur races on saterday nights if all the legal mumbo jumbo could get sorted out.

Message posted by Joe Brown on 07 July 2008 at 3:44pm - IP Logged
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Yah thats what I was thinking of It could be done but it would be very hard cause there are so many houses around but the people around the track could get in free and stuff?

Message posted by Alvis. on 08 July 2008 at 1:26am - IP Logged
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Using it for private sessions might be OK but I doubt you'd ever be able to get it going again as a full race track. 1) ther are too many houses there now as they are built on the old parking lot and grandstand area so you'd probably have to buy them out 2) too much competiton from Sun Valley Speedway.

A private club to buy the speedway would be great. Whether you wanted to preserve the track and make a park (Like Lanlgey Speedway) or do something else. It would a nice venue for hosting car shows, etc.  It is too nice of a location to be ruined by "developers".



So is this the start of the "TIllicum Raceway Society"?

Message posted by Joe Brown on 08 July 2008 at 7:26pm - IP Logged
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 Yes very true it would be great if if were like Langley speedway

Message posted by Bud on 08 July 2008 at 11:49pm - IP Logged
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We have just finished painting all cement walls white at Langley speedway. Missing guard rails will be replaced. Restoration is ongoing. As a heritage site Langley is protected and we have every right to restore a heritage site. Tillicum can follow our example as we strive to save our racetracks. Bud VP Langley speedway historical society.

Message posted by Langley Speedway Historical Society on 09 July 2008 at 1:51am - IP Logged
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I think it would be great to have another heritage track here in BC. We continue to do what we can with Langley Speedway and encourage you folks to do the same with Tillicum.

We will be hosting the 2nd annual Langley Speedway Reunion on Sept. 7th. Come have a look. See the possibilities for Tillicum.

Murray Jones


Langley Speedway Historical Society

Message posted by Alvis on 09 July 2008 at 11:49am - IP Logged
Quote Alvis does one start?

Message posted by Langley Speedway Historical Society on 11 July 2008 at 10:10am - IP Logged
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In he case of Tillicum, if it is privately owned, you must either purchase it, get someone sympathetic to your cause to purchase it, or approach the current owner with your ideas and get them to agree to go along with it.

If you can work that out, get some like minded individuals together, (5 or more) and come up with a name for your group. Do a name search through the BC business registry to be sure you can use the name. If so, fill out the documents to create a non profit organization and send them off. If one of the folks in your group is the land owner, even better.

Approach the local politicians with your ideas and find someone there that will champion your cause.

If you can have the site recognized as one of heritage value, which it is, then you can begin attracting interest in it from many sources. Start cleaning it up and having events there. List it as a destination in the community for tourism.

Hope this helps.

Murray Jones

Message posted by Joe Brown on 14 July 2008 at 7:19pm - IP Logged
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I am willing to help

Message posted by Alvis on 14 July 2008 at 8:46pm - IP Logged
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Do you think it would even be a possiblity? Would there be enough local interest?

With the track being closed since 1975 season, how many people in town NOW would even remember it or have been here to see racing there? Hell I wasn't even BORN until the next year! I simply remember the track being mostly intact and as a curiousity that sat next to Tillicum Ski Hill/Bobslides.


That being said, I think it would be worth a shot to do something with the site. It has only been sitting empty for the last 33 years. Even a nice park in the center would be a good start. Possibly the best way to pitch the idead would be to pitch it as a park that incorporated the remaining track surface.

Like Langley Speedway.

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