Ashley Taws, the seventeen-year-old driver of the "Be Anything With Barbie" Formula 1200 car, will be racing through the streets of Winnipeg in this weekend's Motorfest Manitoba. The event, which runs from August 3-6 in the Red River Exhibition ...
Ashley Taws, the seventeen-year-old driver of the "Be Anything With Barbie" Formula 1200 car, will be racing through the streets of Winnipeg in this weekend's Motorfest Manitoba. The event, which runs from August 3-6 in the Red River Exhibition Park, includes races for everything from stock cars to karts.
A resident of Mount Albert, Ontario, and front runner in the hotly-contested Isseco-Kumho Formula 1200 Championship, Ashley is a popular young lady at events in Ontario. She hopes Manitoba's race fans are receptive to her and the pink and purple race car she drives in a male-dominated sport.
Ashley's first opportunity to win some local support will come tomorrow morning when she visits the head offices of Maximum Benefit from 10:30am to noon. The "Be Anything With Barbie" race car will be on display and Ashley will be on hand to sign autographs and chat with fans. Maximum Benefit's offices are located at 582 King Edward Street.
"The car always draws lots of attention," Ashley states. "People can't believe their eyes when they see a pink race car. Then they can't believe I'm the driver! It's always fun to see the reactions. People really get excited."
All that fan support and excitement is rewarded when Ashley takes to the track. Having raced karts from the age of nine (with two Canadian Grand National Championships to her credit) she is a skilled and cool-headed racer. Undeniably swift and rarely making mistakes, she is known for forcing other drivers to crack under pressure.
Last year, her first in cars, saw her win two races and take a total of five top-three finishes. She was third in the Isseco-Kumho Formula 1200 Championship, second in the CASC-OR (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region) Race Ontario Sprints Championship and second in the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Formula 1200 Championship. Special awards included the CASC-OR Muriel B Knap Trophy for "sportsmanship, ability and sparkle" and the BARC Bob Attrell Award for "best new driver".