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. JB

    I'm sorry, what sort of kids are those? I guess I just don't hang out with

    September 2, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    If that GT-R had the Switzer P800 (800HP) Package.. im sure it was the quickest of the bunch.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • NeoSHNIK

      Pretty sure that 2012 GT-R would be first anyway without the modifications.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      My GT-R has the Hennessey 100HP+ and has no problem smoking anything it runs against ... least of all the Switzer P800 - did two of those recently with the same thought .... until all they saw was my tail lights, that ios until they and I disappeared ... You want to run with the big dogs, bring something you can run with ...

      September 2, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      ahh, didnt even notice it was a 2012 model, those are beasts.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • travis

      either way it was the quickest one, but its not the fastest

      September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • NeoSHNIK

      travis, good point. But actually the article says the speeds were up to "125mph" on a highway so the top speed probably didn't matter too much.

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

    Total fines ... pocket change. Lesson learned? No one got killed....

    September 2, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. imthemole

    i was driving the DB9...and I won by a long shot!

    September 2, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. conradshull

    So, in fact the police did NOT "grab $2 million worth of cars". What is this, the Inquirer?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Webb

    Where was Burt Reynolds

    September 2, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. KSPete

    What I want to know is how did 13 kids under 21 get Lamborghini's?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Keith

    Wow. Don't see a Dodge Journey in there like I have. must be nice.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Deathstalker

    Someone should have taken pictures or had video then they would be in more trouble and possibly lose the cars.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ridalin Mikes

    Looks like the belts are coming out for some whippings.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • markmark1

      Yeah, like these kids have parents that care...or are even around. Buying a kid an exotic sports car so they can kill themselves or others is a sign of great parentage...

      September 2, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. NeoSHNIK

    Props to these kids for using these cars for what they are made for. Instead of just slowly driving around strips and showing off.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Amber @ Houston, TX

      amen....

      September 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • cc

      hell yeah!

      September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • motochick_12

      damn straight

      September 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bc

      NeoSHNIK maybe you'd feel differently if your family was driving nearby and one of these idiots ran into them, killing them. This was in the middle of the afternoon, not when the streets were quiet.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Amber @ Houston, TX

    mmmmmm GT-R.....

    September 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jacques

    Who was the snitch? What a loser. Sounds like a sick race!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Typical idiot response. Because someone reports something illegal they are the loser???

      September 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    They guy in the Aston Martin was named Bond... James Bond

    September 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. 1racebannon

    The cops might not have caught them red handed...but I'm sure if you check Youtube you'll see them on there.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
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