Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race
This Lamborghini was among 13 high-end cars impounded by Canadian police.
September 2nd, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race

This could be the plot for a movie, "Fast and Furious Canada," or maybe "Fast and Furious, the Young and the Rich."

Police in British Columbia say they impounded $2 million worth of high-end vehicles this week after witnesses reported the 13 cars racing on a metro Vancouver highway at speeds of 125 mph (200 kph).

The high-end race cars included a Ferrari, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, an Audi, an Aston Martin, Nissans and a Mercedes, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police press release.

Two of the racers would run side-by-side to block other traffic going in their direction on the highway while the others cars would take off in a race, witnesses told the RCMP.

"These drivers seemed to be looking for attention. Well, they definitely got the attention of police," Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service, said in the press release.

What the racers, who police said are all under age 21, won't get is harsh punishment.

"Each driver will be charged with Driving without Reasonable Consideration and receive a violation ticket with a specified penalty of $196. Additionally, these drivers will be responsible for all associated towing and storage charges," according to the RCMP press release.

That's because police didn't actually catch them in the act and acted only on witness accounts. They weren't caught on radar, video or seen by a police officer, Superintendent Norm Gaumont, RCMP officer in charge of traffic enforcement for the Lower Mainland, told the Surrey Now newspaper.

"I know there's a lot of disappointment, wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196. They fact of the matter is, we have to look at all the evidence we have and what we're able to prove," Surrey Now quoted Gaumont as saying. "That's why we've charged them with driving without due consideration for the public."

If police were able to charge the 13 drivers with more severe offenses, they could have faced forfeiture of their vehicles, according to a Vancouver Sun report.

The RCMP said most of the drivers were operating their vehicles on "N" class licenses, which means they had not yet attained full driving privileges. Only one of the drivers was the registered owner of the car they were driving, Gaumont told Surrey Now.

The drivers included 12 men and one woman, according to Surrey Now. Gaumont told the paper they were on their way to have a meal when they decided to race.

According to the Sun, the vehicles were:

  • 2007 Ferrari 599
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Audi R8
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2011 Mercedes SL63
  • 2011 Mercedes SLS
  • 2005 Aston Martin DB9
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  1. Scottish Mama

    I did not do it and I was not there. I take the fifth.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • nateD2000

      1, 2, 3, 4....fiifff!!!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • RichWW2

      Canada does not have the same laws as the US. I think its Charter 13? I plead Charter the 13th. *Boom*

      September 2, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Canada is a socialist country with half-rate medical care and government funded media outlets.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Which 5th?

      Scotch or Jack Black?

      September 5, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (PARACHUTE QUALITY CONTROL TESTER)

    my camaro could have wasted them...

    September 2, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scottish Mama

      I see you have another hat on today. Man of many talents. I think you may have left them in the dust and you still have your Camaro

      September 2, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • lmesq

      wishful thinking sir, wishful thinking, you would have gotten your doors blown off

      September 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Anafiel

      Yea, maybe so, but you'll be sucking up my Bronco's exhaust in the process. Go Ford!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruderalis

      If your Camero has over 600 horsepower, then maybe. Let's not forget most of these cars listed will do over 180MPH. You might have a chance winning on a 1/4 mile race, but I doubt your Camero is geared to do more than 155MPH.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Mine too. LOL. Big Time

      September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Camero's can do 266 mph on 426 hp.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • NeoSHNIK

      My Toyota Corola with 80hp will do 300mph... on a dyno.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      I would have just pitted them in my old ex-police cruiser and drove off as they spun into the wall.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      If thats true, then (in my opinion), you spent far too much time and money modifying a pony car.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT (super conductor magnet maker and space explorer)

      my camaro has a built pontiac 428 that's bored out .060 over.. i have ross racing pistons and a billet roller comp cam.. 226/230 duration. the motor is nitrous friendly and can handle a 300hp shot.. the only weak spot is i have a 4spd muncie so i have to be careful not to hammer the thorttle to much or it could brake the transmission...

      September 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • situationalawareness

      A Camaro against any Lamborghini?
      Stay within your race class, my friend.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      WHATEVER... they might have top end speed... but nothing can match a 428 pontiac on tourque and horsepower... mine has 450hp and around 550 tourqe and that's without the nitrous shot...

      September 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nota Fan

      @Mike, there isn't a Camaro on the planet that will do 266 mph.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      There isn't a camaro on the planet worth buying.

      Plus, all of the people that drive them are garbage. Just look at the hero that posted the original comment about how awesome he thinks he is.

      I've been in the racing business for some time. Let's just say it like this... The second anyone starts talking about nitrous, don't continue the conversation. At that point, it's over. Why? Because the fast and furious is just a movie. I'm sure this guy wants to have carnal relations with both paul walker and vin diesel at the same time. He lives his life one stroke at a time while watching one of these crappy fast and furious movies on the regular.

      Nitrous is the cheater's way out. Cheap horsepower. Most of the time it isn't done right anyway.

      "oooh I'm awesome I get 300 HP out of a shot of nitrous!"

      Yeah, but what happens when your bottle of gaseous horsepower runs out? You're done. And that's because you own a crappy camaro.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT (elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior & leader of the "golden knights of prosperity " )

      whatever punk... my camaro cant be touched.. nitrous or not.. i've never dyno'd it but i know for sure it makes close to 500hp and atleast 550 tq.. i had the motor built for a power adder.. eventually i will put a bds 8-71 blower on it.. the thing is it is 4000$ and the other stuff you need is 2000$ for extra stuff fo it... so for now i use nitrous..

      September 3, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • SKSPLS

      That's only if you don't have to do anything but go straight.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah, right

      The only way you'd ever get ahead of any of them would be if you drove off a cliff. Then who'd be 'wasted'?

      September 5, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    More likely u would've hit a pole or hit another car Ruffnut

    September 2, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. American BoB

    The police needs to check into YouTube for evidence...

    September 2, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Robert

    All under 21 driving these cars?? Where did they get them??The sons and daughters of the local drug dealers clan?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mastodonrocks

      Missed the "young and rich" joke a the start ehh?

      September 2, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stupid, Stupid Kids

    First of all, what are these kids doing with these cars? Did they all borrow their dad's car, or are their parents just that ignorant and buy them these expensive vehicles, WHEN IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THEY WILL DRIVE RECKLESSLY IN THEM. Everyone knows that owners of these kinds of cars have lead foots. I hope these kids lose their license because they are young and stupid and don't know how dangerous it can be to drive. STUPID STUPID KIDS.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Drowlord

      Not necessarily so. I have a Lamborghini and I've never taken it above 70 mph.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Umm..

      Learn to read? All they are getting is a puny 196 dollar fine and they have to pay the tow/storage fees. Which i'm sure the parents already took care of that for them.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • @Ummm...

      I DID read it. And that's why I said that I hope they still get it taken away. Because that small fine is ridiculous.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      You're right that the kids shouldn't have those cars – their parents are too stupid to realize that, but you should know that most of the owners of "fast" or "high end" cars drive them much more subtly than the average person on the road. Most of the time when you see speeders, its someonen in a 1.3L Mazda, or a 160HP Grand Prix, thinking his car is a race car because of its name. The Vette ZR1, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Vipers, etc, are usually the few cars you see doing 55 in a 55 zone.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Yes, guys, there are skiers and there are ski owners. Equally, there are drivers, there are car enthusiasts, and there are just Lamborghini-owners.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      hitler drove fast too.

      See what happens?

      September 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      Great to see some of you social drunks oops I meant social drinkers and serial food abusers discuss responsibility like you guys are paragons of virtue. Since you all seem to have come to this conclusion that these children can't own or drive these vehicles because they are careless, who tells your listless asses that you can't smoke because well your second hand smoke affects others as well as yourself? Better yet, who tells you obese pachyderms in training to push away from the dinner table because well your obesity is one of the reasons the health insurance costs in this country are sky high? Still feeling RESPONSIBLE? Admit it you're just mad at your lives and how inconsequential it has become. These are kids we are talking about here regardless of how they got the vehicles they are driving KIDS! Not a group of disgruntled middle aged beach master seals crying on the CNN.com website about the failings of another human being. I'm betting none of the kids they caught look anything like you beached orcas!

      September 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Little old lady from Pasadena

      Drowlord on drives his Lamborghini to church on Sundays.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gracko

    No one sees any red flags with kids under 21 driving those kinds of cars?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Umm..

      Isn't it normal to drive a $250,000 car on a McDonald's income?

      That's how the recession happened here in america, ya know....

      September 2, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • situationalawareness

      If someone has something they can't afford, and they are under 21, then they're just like American kids.
      Except most American kids don't have parents who can afford a Lamborghini.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ted

    All under 21 and racing with 100k+ cars. I want that kind of money.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Victor

      Just get a loan. It's America. Declare a bankruptcy if need be, we'll pick up the tab.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John R

    Next time call me I will bring my Ford Ranger and show those punk kids what ruling the road is all about. Nissan.....? Schmissan!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JASon

      Ford Ranger? LOL! Just make sure that everything works before racing.

      September 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. R

    ....so who won??

    September 2, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Cal777

    These kids have some pretty fancy cars. I doubt any fine will really put a dent in the someones budget that drives a 100K plus vehicle. Maybe they will at least think twice and take it to the track next time!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • The rich and famous laugh at fines

      Ferris Bueller's papa always paid his fines. It'll turn out the same here.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. LOL

    Everyone with a camaro always claims to have the ability to beat $100k+ cars! LOL! Cracks me up because i live in the carolinas. Its all about the camaro owners....LOL

    September 2, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kyle

      Yeah. They are garbage. The people that drive camaros that is. The cars, well, if anyone other than white trash drove them, then maybe they'd be worth something. But pretty much, they suck. The old body style, you couldn't see over the steering wheel, and I'm over 6'. The new body style, the windows are so bloody small you can't see anything. I think they were designed that way so you would have no choice but to drive them straight into a wall at 125 mph. Which is fitting. I hope it happens to all of them.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    A Camaro SS, a 2006 GTO, a CTS-V, and a Corvette were also involved in the race but they were so far ahead of the others they didnt get caught.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nota Fan

      What the hell? You think a Camaro is faster than the cars listed? Get a grip.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      That's because they all had a 20 mile head start and were broken down waiting for a ride to beg for another government bailout.

      chevy is trash.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      People who own chevy cars are trash too.

      All of them.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JASon

      Camero are for losers who can't afford real sports car. It has the same type of steering wheel as a shopping cart and it weighs more than a whale.

      September 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ruderalis

    Some nice cars listed here. The Lambos handle like crap though. I wouldn't mind driving the 2012 Nissan GT-R.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nota Fan

      Go home to your mommy and keep looking at your car magazines. You've never been in a Lamborghini in your life.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Really rude? Is that what top gear told you to regurgitate?

      September 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JASon

      You wished you had a lambo dude. You probably can't even afford a 97 corolla

      September 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Armando

    nice cars

    September 2, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
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