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. trent

    if i spent that much on a car i wouldent race with it .....

    September 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Squirreleeze

      If you had the money to buy any of these cars your parents would of paid for a private English instructor.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOAR

      Then it sucks to be you.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • gummyballz

      If you spent that much on a car and didnt race it, it would be like having a penis and not using it....

      come on already a 2012 gt-r? a 599? hells bells, I go FAST!!!!! Vrooooom!!!!
      best story of the day.... no one died, no was tortured, and no one went to jail for life....
      "and momma coooked the breakfast with no hog"

      September 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zoomer

    Only car not on the list was a Corvette ZR1. Left all the others in the dust and evaded capture. Faster than any of them, according to Top Gear.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZOOMER165

      CORVETTES ARE OVER RATED...

      September 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • AbtaT

      Corvette = POS...

      September 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • stone

      ...I watched Top Gear too...and the Corvette was beaten by the Ferrari, yes top speed on paper is higher...in the direct comparisson on the 1/4 mile (kind of) the Ferrari won...by the way the Nissan blows them all away when it comes to accelatation...faster than the Lamborghini

      September 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • stylinred

      that's because here in vancouver domestics are shunned especially so by the car club that was racing and caught in this story (i'll let you guess as to why but it has nothing to do with the merits of the vehicle)

      September 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dirk Waldon

    I was in the race too with my '72 Ford Pinto hatchback, OD Green, automatic. And I had the race almost won, then it started. 😉

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

      Thanks for my laugh of the day! 🙂

      September 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smokingman

      Or did you get hit from behind and the gas tank exploded?

      September 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ronald

    The one thing that infuriates me more than anything at the moment is not the fact the cars used in the race are my favorites, but the fact they are students of a high-end private school that are reckless enough to drive like that in broad daylight, and take a majority of our districts funding towards schools.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      just goes to prove...it's not who you know, it's who you buy.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Without those millionaires coming over we'd be starving in the streets! Oh wait...

      September 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Square

    Sounds like some Cannonball Run-type action. Hopefully Burt Reynolds and a driving chimp were somehow involved.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2funny

    1) To the guy complaining about no american cars that can run with those guys.....there are several including the Z06 and ZR-1 without getting into mods or aftermarkets.

    2) The GT-R's are great unless you try to actually drive it as advertised. LOL. Engage Launch Control..........lol. (In fairness it's supposed to be less of an issue now.)

    September 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Also just about all these cars have transmission issues if you engage launch control too often.... Seems like something they never should have put in them.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony

    and this is why we should tax the rich

    September 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oneSTARman

    CARS Impounded with NO EVIDENCE – I Suppose for Running IMAGINARY STOP SIGNS.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Impound them and crush them. That'll learn the little punks.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I agree if they have no way to charge them with harsher crime how will they charge them with the lesser one and succeed. I imagine anyone with the money for these cars also has the money for a good lawyer.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      I guess we can no longer trust eyewitnesses then. Anyone knows that they all lie. Car owners must be treated like the gods they are. After all you have sworn statements from all drivers involved that they did not exceed the speed limit ever in their lives, don't you?

      September 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. test

    So who won?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOMONE

      My Honda Accord can beat all those cars...

      September 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOMONE

      My Honda Accord can beat all those cars...-

      September 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. notmyname

    This article shies away from asking the really important questions–who won?!

    September 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sweetjew

    When is the next race?? I have $200 ready on me- let;s do that again! It's cheaper to do it in Canada than any recetrack! LOL

    September 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GT66

    More quality parenting.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D Gannon

    All under 21 years of age! When I was 21 I had a rusted out 68 VW, "the times they are a changing"

    September 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      times are changing because rich are getting richer – rich enough to give their spoiled brat, born-into-money kids reign over anything – including the law. The poor and the middle-class (who are still poor because most are mortgaged and credited up to their eyeballs to play the part of middle-class) still drive beaters or take the bus because there's no money to be had – these little brats and their rich mommies and daddies are hoarding it all. great.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      No, the rich were always rich enough to afford anything. However, in the past there was such thing like parenting, and the rich used to send their heirs to blaze the trails themselves, from the bottom. Nowadays, the parents were brought up by their parents according to Dr. Benjamin Spock, they are a spoiled and irresponsible brat themselves; so, what do you want from their children? Accomplished degenerates. By the way, this is not limited to the rich at all.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rider

    Typical 20 somethings trashing classic rides.......

    September 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rDS

    Where did these kids get the cars ??

    September 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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