Race driver Ashley Taws was awarded the Muriel B Knap Trophy for the second year in a row Saturday night (November 10) as the Canadian Automobile Sports Clubs - Ontario Region (CASC-OR) held its annual awards banquet. The impressive young racer...
Race driver Ashley Taws was awarded the Muriel B Knap Trophy for the second year in a row Saturday night (November 10) as the Canadian Automobile Sports Clubs - Ontario Region (CASC-OR) held its annual awards banquet. The impressive young racer who drives the "Be Anything With Barbie" Formula 1200 car also collected a trophy for taking second place in CASC-OR's Race Ontario Sprints and was a finalist for a driver development fund.
The banquet, emceed by motorsport media personality Tom Hnatiw, was held at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and the filled-to-capacity hall included faces like NASCAR and sports car driver Ron Fellows and Toyota Atlantic driver David Rutledge.
Ashley, a resident of Newmarket, Ontario, who celebrated her eighteenth birthday on the first of this month, collected her first award of the evening when trophies were presented for the Race Ontario Sprints. She placed second in the F1200 point standings to wind up between champion Brent Gilkes and third-placed Louie Jabouri.
One of many highlights of the evening was the presentation of a driver development fund. From eight nominees, Ashley was one of three finalists for the generous $10,000 award which went to Formula 1600 racer Steve Pickering.
Friendly, personable and popular with race fans and fellow racers, Ashley embodies the characteristics of "sportsmanship, ability and sparkle" for which the Muriel B Knap Trophy is awarded. She won the Knap Trophy last year and on Saturday night, became just the second double winner of this trophy which has been awarded since 1979. The other double winner, also in consecutive years, is Katherine Teasdale who won in 1988 and 89.
"It's nice to win the Knap Trophy again. I didn't expect it because I won it last year, so this really means a lot to me. It's a great way to end a busy year," said Ashley who has been busy appearing at Wal-Mart stores with her "Be Anything With Barbie" race car. "But, I've had a lot of fun and wouldn't trade it for anything. I didn't do this all by myself though and there are a lot of people who work very hard to help me. I'm very lucky to have so much support. I'm very grateful to all of them. Most of all though, I have to thank my dad. He's my biggest fan and without him, none of this would ever have happened."