Ashley raced extensively in Formula Ford, F3 and F5000 from 1967 to 1975, often showing great speed but not always the ability to keep the car on the road.
His forays into Grand Prix racing with some of the formula's lesser lights ranged between the undistinguished and, on one occasion, when he was very fortunate to escape a lurid 170 mph practice crash in Canada in 1977 with no worse than broken ankles, the disastrous.
After a slow recovery Ian took up the same career as his father and became a pilot. The itch to go racing remained, however, and in 1993 he returned to the tracks, looking trim and fit, to contest the fiercely competitive BTCC series in a Vauxhall Cavalier. The thrill of danger and speed had obviously not yet deserted Ashley, who subsequently tried his hand at racing motor cycle sidecars before reverting to four-wheels in the TVR Tusacan series.
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