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. faboge

    at 21 i was driving a yellow vega, what was i doing wrong?

    September 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nina

      Ha, ha...I was walking!!! Too much money and no brain cells....our future is in the hands of these youths....*sigh*

      September 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. huh

    Joe you hater, some people do get vehicles like this because of a job... I think drug dealing is a job, the government/doctors do it for a living!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RicoSuave1

    Where the hell were the beemers????

    September 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Nobody with a grain of sense would inflict a BMW on their offspring. Unless they were sending a message of strong disapproval.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    WOW your so smart. You shoud be the next President, I'm going to go ride my horse in the icebox now bye EH!! By the way America rocks dude keep up the good work your country needs more people like you...

    September 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tdsdd

    Sounds like some parents need to step up and do the right thing for society!!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pop

    I rather drive a car that is made 2011 nothing like 10-60 year old cars. old Lamborghinis on the public.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 68Fastback

    Having lived in the Lower Mainland most of my life, including being a young woman with a fast car, a few things – we used to drive over an hour out to the middle of farmland late at night and race there, not on a highly travelled highway. Not legal, not smart, but at least a smidgen safer than these ones!
    At that time the racetrack was closed down. NOW Mission Raceway is open now, so yes, go there, race safely and legally! It's such a rush, no matter where you are – and ithe track actually adds to the experience, the pits, the light tree, the smells, the atmosphere.
    And as for having those high dollar cars and being so young – maybe their parents should be brought up on charges too. Especially the parents of the driver with the "N" license – there is no way this young person has the experience to skillfully, safely drive this powerful vehicle. Most experienced drivers don't have the skills, let alone someone who has been driving less than 2 years – which is the time required to have the privilege of removing the "Nerd sticker"!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. G.

    let them go to the nearest track, charged them for the use. that way everybody wins.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woodrow

      Who's the poor guy with the 2005 Aston Martin???/ Betcha they all make fun of him....i mean its 6 years old already

      September 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 68Fastback

    AND... as for who won? The cops! As well as the towing company

    September 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Wrong. Lawyers always win.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      You don't think lawyers work for Crown Counsel, Victor?

      September 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Black

    I am a older now, but but when I was 16 I got a ticket for racing and they took my Lic. away from me for 6 months. I won't forget that! It's diffident today you see people driving fast all the time.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. huh

    I think luxury cars are just another way, the Illuminati spits in our face.. The Illuminati is the world's enemy, because they think they are better then everyone else and deserve more.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sense

    I find it funny that people say that the Nissan doesn't belong in the list above – when in fact, the NIssan GT-R (especially the 2012 with 530 HP) is FASTER than anything in that list (2012 = 11 flat 1/4 mile, 0-60 in 2.88 seconds and a 7:24:22 Nurburgring time). There is no car on the list besides the Nissan that can claim faster times. Only the top speed of the V10 Lambo and V12 Ferrari is higher than the V6 TT (much heavier) Nissan.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed

    So glad the stupid cops didn't catch em! They were going almost 100mph slower than they could have been traveling. Sheet, I've hit 125 in my VW Rabbit and I didn't even realize I was going that fast until I looked down. Cars these days are a lot safer and can handle those speeds. Raise the speed limits!!! It's been 55mph for the past 50 years and look at all the advancements made in handling, braking, and overall safety. I want to be able to shorten my lengthy road trips already!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Look at the decline in driving skills and the increase of costs due to death and injury out there and see if you can still say that. Of course you can, because it is all about you being inconvenienced by the slower drivers out there. You know, the ones that follow the rules of the road, signal turns and don't cut off left turners by stepping on the gas when the light turns orange.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jose

    We have similar problems here in Portland with primarily middle eastern youths, ridiculously fast expensive cars and ZERO consideration for public safety and/or traffic laws. What about that new deportation law anyway, LOL.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kurt

    All racers under the age of 21?!? All of my "under 21" cars were "under 2100". (The first one was $300)! These guys can bite me.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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