AIM Autosport race cars, trailer stolen after Trois-Rivieres

Barbie race car stolen. Toronto, Ontario (August 05, 2002): Race driver, Ashley Taws, and her race team, AIM Autosport, awoke this morning to find the team's truck and trailer had been stolen. Gone, along with tools and equipment, are Ashley's...

Barbie race car stolen.

Toronto, Ontario (August 05, 2002): Race driver, Ashley Taws, and her race team, AIM Autosport, awoke this morning to find the team's truck and trailer had been stolen. Gone, along with tools and equipment, are Ashley's well-known pink Barbie race car and pit scooter along with teammate Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin's race car.

The team had stayed overnight at a motel on the outskirts of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, after competing at last weekend's Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, planning to head home to Ontario this morning. While the culprits managed to escape with their prime target, the were unsuccessful in attempting to steal a second truck and trailer carrying Ashley's show car and promotional items.

The race cars, a pair of Aero 2s, were built by AIM Autosport's engineering duo, brothers Ian and Keith Willis, in the early nineties and have been driven by some of Canada's top aspiring racing talents. While new equipment is often considered a must in motorsport, AIM has managed to keep their cars in winning form for over a decade, but the team is faced with the prospect of running new and unfamiliar equipment for the rest of the season. The next race, at Mosport, less than two weeks away.

This reprehensible act comes as a great shock to Ashley and, of course, AIM Autosport. It is hoped that anyone with information will come forward and that the cars and equipment can be recovered.

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