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. Jeff

    Your pose makes no sense you have no reference to whom you are responding to

    September 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony S.

    No one brought a porche?

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

      LOL....Good obersvation

      September 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don_J

    ""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."

    Look at the list of cars... if they can afford that this $196. and towing is not even lunch money for them.

    BTW... the Nissan GT-R... wooo!

    September 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. closetiguana

    Show of hands...who here has actually been in a Lamborghini, Ferrari , Maserati or Aston Martin?
    I'm freaking jealous!!

    September 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • gotthumbs

      I'd be Soooooo tempted to take it up to those speeds if I was driving a posh car like any of those. Too bad in the US we don't have better driving schools. Too many slow pokes/twits driving in the left lane. In Europe, most Americans wouldn't even pass the driving test. Its supposed to be a privilege, not a right.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DB

    Listen people – Dont get caught up on this 125 mph number. In Canada they go by Kilometers not MPH. 125 mph = 200 km. Why would an eye witness say "Yes officer, i saw them traveling at exactly 125 mph". No.

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

      The story was converted in US metrics so people like you wouldn't be dumbfounded by the unit of measurement....oh wait....still got you

      September 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-man

      Ditto on what Sakes stated. Most speedometers show both, with MPH in smaller print. But, it order to know they were going 200km/h, either they had a radar gun or were pacing them. At best you'd think they'd say "I was doing 120km/h and they went by me like I was standing still".

      September 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Realist

    All under 21 with cars like this? Scratch your head and wonder...............

    September 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gotthumbs

    It appears many of the young drivers were Asian. There's a fairly large Asian population in BC. Would be interesting who their parents are.... perhaps international dignitaries or importers/exporters. Anyway, glad no one was hurt and seems to be taken in good spirits for the most part. Check out the link to the Canadian story to see photos of the 'sweet' cars.

    www[dot]vancouversun[dot]com/million+sports+cars+impounded+after+Surrey+highway+race/5340015/story.html

    September 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gotthumbs

    It appears many of the young drivers were Asian. There's a fairly large Asian population in BC. Would be interesting who their parents are.... perhaps international dignitaries or importers/exporters. Anyway, glad no one was hurt and seems to be taken in good spirits for the most part. Check out the link to the Canadian story to see photos of the 'sweet' cars.

    www[dot]vancouversun[dot]com/million+sports+cars+impounded+after+Surrey+highway+race/5340015/story[dot]html

    September 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Justin

    I need a new care something economical great on gas and affordable. I wonder if any of these cars will be auctioned off maybe i can pick one up for a bargin ;)

    September 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JiffyPop

    is that list the finish line results? and in regards to the teens nationalities, i don't think any them were asians, cause there's no acuras listed in the impound sheet.. and whats with the 125mph? that's the daily commute speed in Cali.. maybe they were trying to save gas...

    September 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heeler

      Daily commute speed? Maybe at 3AM! Otherwise its 22MPH over most of the state!

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

      Chinese kids are notorious for street racing in Vancouver. There have been numerous fatalities caused by these kids hitting pedestrians and innocent drivers. Even cops have been killed by them. This is what happens when Hong Kong salaries meet Canadian prices. These kids may have money, but they don't have enough experience to drive these cars.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. danny +

    hi

    September 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Logan

    Its cause they send their rich kids over here, they don't learn english, and then they leave with their education and contribute nothing to the county

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

      @Logan. I'm pretty sure they speak English after telling the officer that they were "on their way to eat". Do you have any education Logan?

      September 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nota Fan

      Talking to yourself? Try the reply feature, and then perhaps someone will know what you're talking about.

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

      Yes, sir. As a veteran of public high school and elite private college, I can attest to this. It makes the idea of socialism a lot more attractive...

      September 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • iserve

      English? How about French? Does that count?

      September 3, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Um... Canadians are 80% english. And as for the rest... well, were about to become your most important source for oil, so maybe learn a thing or two about your neighbor.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. danny

    so wats up man -

    September 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gotthumbs

    From the Surry news article....more details.

    "For those that fall under the graduated licensing program, one possibility is that those will lose their licence and have to start all over again back in the learning stage."

    Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/evidence+pursue+more+charges+against+sport+drivers+speeding+convoy/5340015/story.html#ixzz1Wp02jLBT

    September 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tayo

    i bet their parents are upset that their kids stole their keys... and got caught.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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