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. Ben

    Dear whatajokester you clearly qualify for the Darwin Awards. D'uh

    September 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. obama's right foot

    sooooooo under 21 and these cars arent stolen....im moving to canada

    September 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      These kids are students with visas. The money was not earned by them in the oilpatch of Alberta.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. binim


    September 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. That Guy

    All under the age of 21. Rich retarded kids showing off. Stupid canadians

    September 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • omg r u serious

      fu....more like stupid americans...can't even keep a stable economy and your cars suck and ALWAYS will!!

      September 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob R

    So which car is the fastest?

    September 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teetu

      The 2012 GT-R

      September 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I could take them

    Wish I was there. Me and my 2000 Ford Focus would have blown them away. I have almost 170 horses under the hood!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      Where do people get this kind of money now a days. Hell if you make 150$.0000 a year you take home 80,0000 after taxes in Canada.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      I have an extra 0 in there by accident.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grambo

      Oh, extra zero on the income. I thought you meant extra zero on the Ford's horsepower, and you were being cruel. It has at least 89, not just 17 hp!

      September 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rizengrom

    2007 Ferrari 599 – 612 HP, Top speed 205 mph
    2010 Lamborghini Gallardo – 570 HP, Top speed 215 mph
    2009 Audi R8 – 420 HP, Top speed 195 mph
    2012 Nissan GT-R – 530 HP, Top speed 197 mph
    2010 Maserati Turismo – 440 HP, Top speed 177 mph
    2011 Mercedes SL63 – 518 HP, Top speed 186 mph
    2011 Mercedes SLS – 571 HP, Top speed 197 mph
    2005 Aston Martin DB9 – 450 HP, Top speed 186 mph
    The winner is: Lamborghini Gallardo!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Which one? As there were three of them in that race.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sl

      obv not true.. re-post with 0-60 times

      September 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Skunkfan

    People race because they don't think anything will happen to them. A tire could blow out or you could hit something in the road. I've had many friends to think the same way and they are in their graves.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SF

      And that could happen going 70mph. At least they had the consideration to hold back the "non-participants"

      September 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JWHeckendorf

    I must have missed the speed they were going. I just assumed higher. 125 mph? When I had my Porsche way back when, it didn't ever want to go below 90 and the sweet spot was 158. Very rarely when something passed me by at over 200, I would just speed up and stay with them. What's the big deal? And, don't use the "if someone gets hurt or dies ploy". Tens of thousands of people die every year on the road without racing. They get hurt and die driving stupidly at under 65mph.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fats

      Because it's irresponsible, illegal, and you put OTHERS in danger.

      If you want to wrap yourself around a tree and blame the ever honored "deer jumped in front of me" ploy to get your insurance to pay, then you're one of the twits that increases our insurance.

      Your high speed crash is no accident. It's inevitable.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mri

      Nonsense! When you had your Porsche "way back when" 158 was probably the top speed. I have a 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo. The top speed is 193. Hard for me to see how an older Porsche with less horsepower can go faster.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Black

    Just like here no police when you need them!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BARI

    SO this all comes down to they'll be back out on the road racing by the weekend.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    All they would have to do is run a check of the cars black box and it would show the speed.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anne

    wow you just summarized why Canadians think that Americans are stupid!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tired of it

    These idiots are all Asian "satellite kids" whose parents have more money than sense. They don't give a crap and when they do kill someone, they just escape back to China. Vancouver has been invaded by Chinese forces and doesn't even know it.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Victor

    Where did they get their cars, you ask? Remember Vancouver hockey riots and looting last spring?

    September 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      These kids have little interest in hockey or rough and tumble troglodyte behaviour, nor would they consider stealing as their credit cards are how they get anything they want.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
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