2019 STOL Drag World Champion
Toby Ashley, age 50, husband to Jan for 28 years with 3 children in college. Carli is at the United States Air Force Academy, Luci at the University of Idaho & Canyon at the College of Western Idaho.
Toby started racing snowmobiles at age 5 and dirt bikes at age 10, winning state, regional and national races on anything with a motor from drag racing to jet skis sponsored by Carl’s Cycle Sales, in Boise, ID. He earned his AMA pro license at 16. Winning again in 1987 Toby raced Mickey Thompson off-road series on his Honda quad in Las Vegas, NV at Jack Murphy Stadium. He was factory-sponsored with Polaris, Arctic Cat, and quads with Kawasaki Team Green in the U.S. and Europe.
In 1994 Toby started his own business, Ashley Heating, Air, & Water in Boise, ID. While running his business he was determined to learn to fly. He earned his pilot’s license in 90 days and began to fly in the Idaho backcountry as well as Alaska, becoming a registered guide. In 2016, he built a Carbon Cub in a record 81 days with the help of buddies Brian Kelly, Jim Carson, and Ross Parton. In 2017 he flew it to Alaska to compete in the Valdez STOL Competition and placed 2nd in STOL and 1st in Flour Bombing. He was invited to Oshkosh STOL invitational and then flew to the High Sierra STOL Drags qualifying #1.
In 2018 Toby won first place in Valdez, Talkeetna, and Seldovia STOL competitions. He competed at High Sierra becoming the #2 qualifier and taking home the 3rd place trophy.
So far in 2019, Toby has won the 2nd place trophy in Valdez and a first in Seldovia STOL competitions. He is sponsored by Tac Aero, Acme Aero suspension, 2A Armament, Cub Crafters, Oratex, Carl’s Cycle Sales, Ashley Heating Air & Water, Beringer, and Avstar. Toby’s wife Jan, kids, and friends hope you will cheer for the #56 in Reno, NV at the Reno Air Races in the STOL Drag class!
Toby is the 2019 STOL Drag World Champion.