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. jim

    "Only one of the drivers was the registered owner of the car THEY were driving," CNN needs to hire some writers who have completed at least a fifth-grade grammar course.

    September 4, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Cdn

    Ace,

    All I can say is ...wow. Talk about misplaced misplaced hateful rhetoric. Did you write the book on it? Have you read what you even wrote? The article is about spoiled kids who zoom around constantly making noise and racing through the streets with complete disregard for people and the law because they can afford to give the finger to everyone. That is what people are upset about.
    How this became a hateful speech (from you) about fat americans is a wonder to me. If you lived in Vancouver and knew anything about living in Vancouver you 'might' understand the situation. That yes, there are certain rich foreigners (and how they got their money in the first place is another article in of itself) that come without parental supervision and flout every law, convention, moral code, and canadian custom – other than law breaking.

    By the way, I go to the gym a few days a week if that matters so much to you.

    September 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jessica

    Best article ever! :D

    September 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Klem Kanoodler

    What to say that already hasn't been... Best comment, in my opinion was that the Prius got away...BWAHAHAHAHA. Yes, our speed limits are draconian at best, and the justice system has tanked since the '70s (criminal is protected rather than the victim) and severely needs to be overhauled. Blocking traffic, thoughtful, yes, but it is the person that is AHEAD of you that becomes the pylon.... I'm a motorcycle person, so these speeds and 0-60 times are NOTHING... But I will tell you this, when you barrel up on someone and you are doing 140 or 150 miles an hour and they are only doing 60, this can cause both parties to soil their pataloons! We really only have Westwood in Mission which is one of the smallest tracks in North America (but has a safety record next to none...), so it is probably frustrating to some to not have the space to 'open it up'.... Spokane used to have one of the longest front straights in North America, but that is a five hour haul from Vancouver....

    My point? This WILL continue to happen, because the young have no idea of what consequences are all about....

    September 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jperry811

    $196? Hell. I'm moving to Canada.

    September 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bkcopper

      Same here, brother.

      September 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Better have a couple million.

      September 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RIck Springfield

    Not limited to Canada. Many Oklahoma kids have been killed doing street racing. Like in F&F, it crosses every racial line. The difference is that in Oklahoma the cars are mainly stock Hyundai or Toyota with a weed eater muffler attached. They naturally have tinted windows and blue accent lights. I've seen them race on Hefner Parkway, Broadway speedway, Council road, Northwest speedway, and The Turner international raceway. Speeds are usually kept to around 90. Sometimes one hits road debris and totals out. Sometimes they crash into a passing motorists and people die. Its the price to pay for excitement. Probably the next big actor who will die in a street race is Frankie Muniz. He was infatuated with F&F movies and used his wealth to buy 4 of the cars used in the making of the movie. So far, he's only been stopped once on the Pacific Coast Highway for doing 122 in a 65 mph zone. I can understand as my travels through California are always fast and furious. I always rent a car because traffic moves so fast. I rented a Charger for a month and even with the 3.6vvt, I still turned it in with the "Check Engine" light. I guess it didn't help that I averaged 80 on most freeways.

    September 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bruce

      You should come to Michigan some time. Here everybody sets the cruise at 85mph on the highway and nobody even cares. Quit whining-

      September 5, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Arran

      American cars will get a check engine light, even if you drive them at 65 miles an hour for 8 hours. SO not a big deal

      September 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Dang

      Hey Rick,

      Why is your response so big shut your mouth no one read it, go smack some buts and get a life

      September 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blogson

    CN$196? By the time it's all said and done it will cost more than that in some U.S. states for simply putting one wheel over a double yellow line while still driving within the speed limit! Looks like American drivers for safety's sake ought to avoid Vancouver unless they want to join B.C. Boy and Girl racers!

    Is this the same batch of drivers who were forcibly escorted along much of U.S. 101 because they sped, even in town, and ran through red traffic lights?

    September 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd

      You imply the Canadian dollar isn't as strong as the American.....very incorrect these days...

      September 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joey

    leave them alone!

    September 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • It's overkill

      Solitary is a bit harsh don't you think?

      September 5, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. llib

    So who won the race?

    September 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. gwb

    and you cannot spell. (You're)

    September 5, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Skull Pirate

    The owners of these cars were all UNDER 21. Sounds like trust fund babies, bored with nothing else to do.... WAAAAAAAAA!!.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Wildone

    Around here they race motorcycles. We like to call them "donorcycles". "Live fast, die young and leave a pretty corpse." James Dean.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. NITRO8

    It is better than them driving drunk, or doing drugs while doing it. They were sober, alert, and hopefully knew there machines well enough to know how their vehicle works at higher speeds. Those cars can do 190+, and they were picked up because of a single witness? Yeah, they shouldn't have to pay for impounding or fines, I would rather stick it out with the United States, because if you can get picked just by a wittness without video, radar or any other means of recording them in a guilty act? That wouldn't fly in the States. Hell i've been radared and a cop testified and i still got off on a ticket for doing 130+...i love america for that!! Good luck canadians!! and gods speed (literally)

    September 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • oldostritch

      Doubt there was just one witness. These abuses of technology in the hands of the least responsible members of our society are a recipe for higher health care costs, greater environmental destruction and further stupidity from "wannabees" driving Hondas with four inch exhaust pipes that can't keep up with my Volare wagon.

      September 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eric

    I say let them race. We need organ donors. Just be sure to close the road so no innocent people get killed.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Arran

    Move these ultra rich kids to a any Southern California prison for a day, and i bet these girlish looking rich young kids are never gonna sit behind the driving wheel again.

    September 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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