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. Ford GT

    The $196 fine will certainly stop them from racing. Cheap cars, what no McLaren?

    September 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dr Faruk Mohamed

    Allah is the greatest for creating such beautiful machines.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      So he'll give me one? Allah Akbar! Sweet!

      September 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dangerboyandpixie

    That's how we did it in Detroit back in the day. 200 MPH was the admission ticket to the Top End Club. Difference is we had to build our cars to go that fast.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Timetraveler

    Let me guess – the Audi and the Nissans were the cars blocking traffic behind the cars that were actually racing?

    September 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      Um, we're not talking about A3s or Altimas here - its an R8 / GT-R. Look it up.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Txman

      Timetravler...clearly you don't know a damn thing about cars.... Those nissans are probaly the fastest of the bunch and the most technically advanced... I myself am a Ferrari man

      September 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      The Nissan is far from the fastest of the bunch, moron. Believe me, I have a few of these vehicles myself.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wingnuts

      Court order should be to blindfold them all and make them run with scissors.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dr Faruk Mohamed

    Ignorant American I have moved to canada your country would not let me in and its your loss..

    September 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timetraveler

      LOL! Good. There is a very reason for that: we've seen what rag-heads do to civilized Western societies.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blatent

      Ignorant "Doctor" everyone in North and South America are Americans.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Got a line to Allah yet to supply me with one of those beautiful creations? Will wait as long as it takes.

      September 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael East

    Obama is responsible.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Seerdah

    Abduka mafrii Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes Canada fartk nadah, USA zarubi!!!!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Txman

    Timetravler... clearly you don't know a dang thing about cars. Those nissans are probably the fastest of the bunch and the most technically advanced. I personally am a ferrari man.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WHAT.

    Your post makes no sense in reference to this article.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nina

    Find a way to charge the parents or the owners of the cars before the irresponsible idiots who were driving kill passers-by.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dirk

    They seem like spoiled rich kids trying to race on a public street. How does race play a part in racing? The article only told what they were doing not the ethnicity of the drivers.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kntryhart

    That's easy. Check the car's computers. Most record speed.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WHAT.

    Your post makes no sense in reference to this article

    September 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WHAT,

    Your post makes no sense in reference to this article.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ron

    Stupid candians....

    September 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Sorry.. its not "stupid Canadians".. its stupid spoiled brats. Citizenship is irrelevant... and it wouldn't surprised me if some of them weren't even Canadians.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
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