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. rhunekalter

    Their poor friend drives an Audi >.<

    September 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • giigles

      their poor friend ?! audi r8 goes for over 130 K my friend

      September 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • movement31

      rhunekalter
      , have you actually seen the r8 audi..doesnt come cheap and is so sweet

      September 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO CLUE

      It is an Audi R8.. the new 2012 GT version is about 200K....

      September 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Houston

      "Their poor friend drives an Audi >.<"

      Hey look up the Audi R8 before you comment. That is considered a supercar and worth over $100,000 . Where are the Porsches. Sad that there is no american car that could run with these boys.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Poor?? Google the price on an Audi R8... Audi owns Lamborghini, smart guy.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • yourname

      I'd rather have an Audi over any Mercedes, and yeah, the R8's are sick.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny G

      Poor Audi driver? Thart's the challenge Audi needs to overcome because here we have their high-end car being perceived as sub-par when compared to the other cars including the Nissans. All the cars are amazing!

      September 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lled2

      Who cares Audi is a crap car line any way.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Burns

      Hey Charlie, perhaps YOU should learn about American cars before YOU comment. Look up Corvette ZR-1, Ford GT and Cadillac CTS-V. I'm just sayin.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danteg8son

      Charlie, the Corvette can easily run with these cars. Specifically, a C6 Z06 will regularly beat the Gallardo in a street race like this. It's just not expensive enough to qualify as fashionable.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • doc

      you must not know much about cars
      look up how much an audi r8 costs especially the new v12 version
      ever seen ironman...the car debuted there

      September 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd

      LOL @ Charlie Houston.
      Don't know alot about supercars eh? The Aero TT is the fastest car on the planet as of this moment...AMERICAN MADE.
      None were there because they don't have time to play games with kids in grocery getters with bling.

      September 5, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. J Mann

    Street racers are killers waiting to happen – see it all the time in SoCal – punks with small import cars all jazzed up with racing exhausts, spoilers and other ridiculous stuff – racing in and out of freeway traffic, accidents waiting to happen, deaths of innocent motorists and their families waiting to happen. The BC authorities didn't see these guys or they would have gotten worse than fines. Who cares if they are Chinese immigrant kids, Mexicans or WASP brats – let them find a track to race on or go to jail.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foreign kid

      Just make the street racers automatic Organ Donors.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • FloooaT

      They are being reckless and dangerous, they are not 'racing'. Don't give racing a bad name over these goobers.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Winkleplop

    BS that the cars were impounded if they didn't have the evidence to charge them with anything substantial. Maybe that's how they do things in canada though.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joeseph Mama

    LOL @ Trevor. Thanks for the insightful comment. Any other gems? Water is wet?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. noteabags

    Who cares what ethnicity they were?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      Yeah. As long as they weren't Mexican, I hate Mexicans.

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

      because it matters. It shouldn't – but it does.

      September 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DLM

      nobody cares what there ethnicity is because it is Chinese, one doesn't even need to guess, because this is HONGcouver...errrr Vancouver

      September 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CPW

    Nice to know that the Rich allow their kids to drive uber fast cars to fool around with.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pimpson

    So...... which car won?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lled2

      My thought exactly! They could have at least reported on the winner.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JONMC

    In my opinion this problem lies within the irresponsibility of the parent. Regardless of wealth, these kids shouldn't be handed road legal rockets for their cars. They clearly don't understand the rules of societal norms. If they get in trouble, they buy their way out of trouble.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SmartGuy

    IF I hbad $200,000, I would buy TWO GT-R's, have enough money left over for:
    gas for the life of the car,
    speeding tickets,
    insurance,
    and have money left over to fly us and our cars to Germany so that I can beat all of you around the Nürburgrin gwith time and money to spare.
    To the guy who mentions that the Nissan is only a 6 cylinder, must have been the car blocking the lanes. Have you ever heard of Porsche idiot? 95% of the cars they produce have six bangers. My point, I'll take the Nissan over any of the other cars, unless you threw a 348 Italia in there.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea M

      My man's owned or driven pretty much everything under the sun including Corvettes of all flavors and one memorable afternoon with a CTSV, but the one he always pines for is his RX7.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DANNY STEWART

    WHO WON?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vin Bob

      Cabbage. By a head.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • oa12

      But the water is still running!!!!!!!

      September 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • MELVIN

      Haha. And the Tomato is trying to 'catch up'.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      dit dah didit dit dadahh Beedlebaum. Sorry, couldn't resist.

      September 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Max

    damn rich kids and bs justice 200 fine hahaha they can afford to give the cops salarry for 5 years pocket change
    be rich be fast fc the rest mess with the rich race like the rest

    September 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HomeMade Amatuer BBC

    They would have no chance againts my 189 horsepower toyota prias fittted with reverse camera and GPS

    September 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Terry Moore

    125 mph...that is not speeding, not for these cars... These kids probably could not handle real speed. What a waste of good horsepower. 🙂

    September 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. trent

    those are good cars going to waste

    September 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    This puts a whole new spin on racing for pink slips. Win or lose you forfeit your car. Wow, pretty expensive lesson.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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