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. ...

    euthanize them all and sell the cars to raise money for charity

    September 2, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. dewser

    problem is these kids almost all own these cars... how? do the math.. very common to see college age kids up here in $250000 cars.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. AaronT3

    Which car won?

    September 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • myuzickman

      The one with the flashing lights on it....

      September 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Hammer Time

      my guess is the lambo in the picture. CONGRATULATIONS to the winner!!!

      September 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sweat

    Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race is the headline, yet in the article you input the following:

    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.

    So what has happen to the truth in reporting.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • john doe

      a more accurate headline would be. "Police towed $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race"

      September 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      The cars were impounded. In addition to the fine, they have to pay for the towing costs and impound fees. That's different than losing ownership of the car totally. The headline and the story do not conflict.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    In Russia, Lamborghini Gallardo is public transportation

    September 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Slugo

      In solviet russia, public transportation rides you

      September 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • gebg

      lier

      September 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve s

    stupid police, leave these guys alone

    September 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Stupids kids, not stupid police. Create an unsafe situation and you deserve what you get.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. George Harmes

    Did get their meal after all?

    September 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Randallinnb

      Yes. it was a big piece of humble pie.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. ^Joe's a racist!

    lol

    September 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. nyckid

    Well, what if someone lost control and hurt or killed someone. Not cool at all. $196?!? They'll be at it tomorrow and the law of averages says someone WILL get hurt or killed. Outrageous behavior.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Border Collie Mom

      Innocent people have already died in Vancouver because of this type of street racing. If they can afford these cars, they can afford the $100.0 entrance fee to run their cars at the race track. But no thrill there – so the selfish little creeps run races on the roads they think they own.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Logicical and Righteous

      What if?? What if you fed someone banana bread with nuts and they were allergic to nuts, That person could have died!!!! So the next time you bake some bread, or even get accused of doing so, I will have the police come and arrest you, then take your oven, then fine you, then charge you to get your own personal property back, ALL with no proof that you ever committed a crime.

      While I have no PERSONAL doubt that they were racing, where is the PROOF?? This is ridiculous. There was no police who witnessed the 'crime', only accusations from roadraged motorists. Give me a break. The whole thing is a big display that the government is overreaching and too powerful. Amazing how people do 180+ in Germany and they have lower fatalities. Speed in driving does not equate to danger.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Illogical and self-righteous, your absurdities are irrelevant and off topic, your threats are banannas and you are nuts.

      September 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    The GT-R is fast and all but those 3 Nissan guys were kind of killing the classiness of that race...

    September 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      for real

      September 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I'm surprised there wasnt a 2008 Civic SI involved

      September 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      The Ferrari's and Maserati's are Fiats, the Lambos and Audi's are VW's, so Nissan isn't too out of place.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tryhonesty

    The "posts" here are entertaining. One should keep racing to the track. Are there racetracks in Canada that sponsor amateur racing on a track? Many racetracks in the United States do, to help prevent dangerous street racing. I think most of us need an "Outlet" in life. We need to keep it SAFE for all when possible. Nice rides need a safe track to show their true potential.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Feast of Beast

      There is a lot of street racing in South Florida. There are little or no tracks to do it legally. Kids get killed all the time. It's too bad, I would go to a track to either race or watch if they had one. But noooooooo!

      September 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. jay

    if you have the money to buy a Nissan Skyline save a little more and buy a Porsche instead.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • NeoSHNIK

      Porsche is slower (only newest 911 GT2 RS is comparable to 2012 GT-R, but its $250,000 vs. $90,000)

      September 2, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Ah, but the Porsche has one option that you can't find on a Nissan at any price: CLASS.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. N49

    Scary thing here is the Chinese are knows for their abysmal driving in any vehicle, so the thought of a pack of them driving these cars on a public highway during rush hour at excessive speeds without a graduated license is frightening. These skinny dorky kids have nothing to be proud of, it's their parents money that are flaunting. It's called being a poser.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. OU812IC

    I used to go up to Vancouver 2-3 times a month on business
    Everything there was very expensive
    Houses average $700,000-800,00
    Golf was $175.00 for 18 holes on a just average course
    Food was expensive and sucked for the most part
    Good Cuban's and 222's was about what made the trip worthwhile
    Asians have taken over the city. In fact Vancouver now looks as much like HK as HK
    Rich Asians, rich off the U.S. Dollar but move to Canada because very lax Immigration laws and once they get there they feel like they never left home.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • darkshwing

      There's actually alot of inexpensive restaurants that are really good. You have to stay away from the chain establishments. Where have you been eating?

      September 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Feast of Beast

    I've had Canadian people tell me about the confiscations. They take that racing stuff seriously. I've also heard that sometimes they destroy the car.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
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