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. Josh

    With that kind of money to burn, why don't they simply rent a drag strip or a race track for the day/night?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • path

      that wouldn't be a news.. would it???? lol

      September 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bents

      Dragstrips are expensive. Racing on the highway only costs $196!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnBawsinoff

      Remember these kids are attention deprived, uneducated, and useless members of society who happen to be rich. They race on the streets for the attention.

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

      lol. What do you mean "uneducated" ? A lot of these Chinese kids are coming from Asia to study at University of British Columbia or Simon Fraser University. I know some and they get all these expensive toys when they do well in school. They've got a good reward system with their parents.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. ramicio

    Why do people let the cops confiscate their cars? All they can realistically do is say you can't drive it on the road after something like this. It's as ridiculous as the feds taking people's Skylines because they weren't safety tested in the US.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank Garrett

    They were pulled over by a Canadian Mounty on house back with a blazing red jacket.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex Wilson

      Top post a comment like that: A stupid person and if you don't know what stupid means then you're an idiot.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      A house back? Sweet, never heard of a Mounty riding a house before. That must be kinda awkward.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ian

    Wow, impounding a car because of a third party account? did they all give up 13 license plate numbers? I doubt it. Probably could skate out of these charges in a hearing.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      There's only three numbers and three letters on a B.C. plate. And a phone call is all it takes to get someone impounded. But you do have to identify yourself and sound credible.

      September 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John T.

    "I know there's a lot of disappointment, wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196. The fact of the matter is, we have - (HE then should continue) no proof except for word of a few people jealous of these kids".

    September 2, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Che Bravo!

    It must have been an awesome sight...all those ultra beautiful cars doing what they were designed to do. But guys, there are safer ways to do this. Thankfully no people and no cars were hurt.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. engnrjim

    125 mph ? People drive that in their scrap metal yard purchased vehicles.
    Why pay for a 200 mph vehicle when you will never, ever drive that fast, not even in a race ?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Will

    "Ferrari, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, an Audi, an Aston Martin, Nissans and a Mercedes"

    Sing along, kids ♪ ♫ *One of these things is not like the others. One of these things doesn't belong." ♪ ♫

    September 2, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ZCars

      If you mean Nissan, then don't forget the Nissan GTR(which is more than good enough to keep up with the rest in the list), and if you mean Audi, then don't forget the Audi R8....

      September 2, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      They didn't mean a Sentra or whatever. It was a GTR, man. It's not unlike seeing "Chevrolet", but then reading that it was a ZR1 in the car list.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • BT

      Ummm...Those Nissans are crazy fast, and expensive. Google it. Nissan GT-R

      September 2, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • SensibleAmerican

      The Nissans fit when they're GT-Rs. The GT-Rs post faster 'Ring times than the Maseratis and Mercedes' on that list. That's like saying a Chevy wouldn't fit – it would if it was a Corvette ZR-1.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I'd take the nissan over anything but the gallardo, or perhaps the Ferarri. I'd blow the rest out of the water. (performance-wise)

      September 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • CDG

      Nissan GT-Rs are $85K 485hp high performance sports cars. If they were street racing it would certainly hold its own with the other cars on this list.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      How about "none of them". As one writer says about cars like these " They should display in letters two feet tall just what aggressive impulses their owners have stuck in their craw."

      September 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill Orova

    Damn where did such young people get the cash for such vehicles Ok they acted like fast and furious but at least no one got hurt and to tell the truth i would just notify the owners of the vehicles of what happened and let them deal with the moron kids

    September 2, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      It's obvious that these cars were purchased by their parents. A lot of wealthy Chinese people in Vancouver.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. OrionStyles

    "That's because police didn't actually catch them in the act "

    You think these charges are going to stick? If they are driving high end sports cars, mommy and daddy can afford high end lawyers.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Racer X

    The question is: Which vehicle outperformed the others? We don't need to buy Road and Track to figure this out, just ask the folks who were actually doing the racing, like we would if we could afford anything like these vehicles!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. bill

    Whats next a robbery with a luger 45 (only one in exist and worth over a million)

    September 2, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nik

    joke? mount tracking devices on them.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jesse

    Street races like this are a major problem in Vancouver. I hope the cops catch them red handed next time and take those cars away from those idiot kids for good.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ordin

    How are kids under 21 driving these types of cars?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      they are most likely driving their parents cars.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • zarfzort

      at speeds of 125 mph. that's how.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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