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. Alchemica

    but more importantly who won?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Armando

      the corvette course, he was long gone they could not catch him

      September 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • vieners

      My bet is on Honda Civic. Somebody once told me, Its not the car, its the driver stupid.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobbie

      Even more importantly: Will they blend?

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

    How are kids that are all under 21 driving these cars? I understand that you will have 1 or 2 trust fund kids get a nice car but to have this many high end cars in one place with all kids driving them is unreal

    September 2, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Ciscoheat

      The rich really are getting richer. Its called a class divide.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      most did not even have full license and the article says only 1 of the drivers was thje registered owner of the vehicle, so i guess they are borrowing daddy's cars

      September 2, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      Simple, Americans pumping billions of dollars into the oil fields of the middle east and the pockets of their governments and people.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I've lived in Vancouver for 19 yrs. A lot of students from Asia, specifically China are sent to study in Vancouver. There are middle class ones but there are also a lot of wealthy ones who will get a house/car purchased for them.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Julian

    Is it me or does Canada just seem nicer? If this happened in LA, they probably would have gotten shot and then we would have a riot

    September 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • nosnobunny

      I don't know if we're nicer or just more stupid to let these morons get away with it.

      September 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. slow racer

    drive fast and take chances!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Aclam

      Nice one...

      Sharon Stone: Casino

      September 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Aclam

    Must be a lost of money in the North Country.

    All under the age of 21?????

    My first car was around $3,000.00

    Canada: America's Hat......

    September 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      @AClam, re: "Canada: America's Hat"

      First of all, the USA is not "America". America is America, which includes Canada (see, "NORTH AMERICA"). Yes, there is a world outside of your little USA bubble. Secondly, get an education, please. It's commenter's like you who give your country a bad name.

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

      John, ur a dumba$$. USA = America. America does not include Canada! Go back to third grade geography!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • canadaguy

      We're bigger, and on top. If this was jail that would make you our bit€h.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Re: "John, ur a dumba$$. USA = America. America does not include Canada! Go back to third grade geography!"

      This is truly, truly sad and unfortunately demonstrates the complete ignorance of many people from the USA. Listen carefully now, "America" is defined as a landmass in the western hemisphere that consists of the continents of North and South America. Canada is part of "North America".

      Now let's break down the acronym of your own country's name: "USA" – "United States >> OF << America". This does not mean that USA "IS" America.

      I'm trying hard not to laugh while writing this but I almost broke out into laughter when I read your reply. 😀

      September 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • KickSave1980

      John – I think he was joking about the "America's hat" line. And most people here know that "America" describes the entire Americas, but for most people (from the US or otherwise), the US is simply described as "America". You know that.

      Also, I love Canada. Playing hockey for over 20 years has taken me to different places, and I have a lot of Canadian friends. What is with the reactionary responses such as "...in your little bubble". You do realize that this isn't strictly a problem for the US, right? Ever been to the TSN comments section? I rest my case.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      It's the United States of America, not the United States Are America....America encompasses north central and south continents and dates back to Spanish exploration referring to the "New World".

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

      Joking or not; John actually is right. America is the land masses of the Western Hemisphere (North, Central and South America). The world map published in 1507 by Martin Waldseemüller is the first known cartographic use of the name... Sigh..Oh people... Thank goodness I'm from Costa Rica. I'd be ashamed if I were a natural born U.S. and saw how bad our geography skills are. Tsk Tsk.

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

      BUT in Aclam's defense; Canada COULD be America's hat. I mean....Canada technically is the furthest north country in the Western Hemisphere! Right? Seeing that we are counting America as all the land masses on the Western Hemisphere, lol.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • alpca3877

      Someone better go back and re-write "America the Beautiful" then!

      September 2, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Canaduh

      It must be hard to be a clown from Canada. Seriously, no one takes you or your country seriously. Hang it up and go back to playing with your moose.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Roomie, you make a valid point. But we all know that's not what he meant. Especially after he so vigorously defended his point that the USA is America and told me to go back to geography class. 😉

      @Canaduh, AClam, is that you? 😀

      September 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • YYJguy

      I'll be the first to admit that my fellow Canucks can get their knickers in a knot with our infiriority complex and we have our own flaws like any country does, but really, you guys down south are starting to worry me. The rhetoric from both the right and left and inward view of the world from a large part of the population is only hurting your great country.

      September 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • SKSPLS

      My first car was a $300 VW.

      September 4, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      The "New World" got named by an Italian mapmaker. Because he could. It is within our power to correct that little oversight. Maybe call these landmasses Pangea West. Then we can rename the Old World as well.

      September 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      look guys, don't be daft– America and American are standard usage for the USA and its citizens. Probably because "United Statsian" is a rather unwieldy term. And all of the other countries in the Americas have proper names. Canada, Canadian; Mexico, Mexican; Brazil, Brazilian.

      Let's not be oversensitive and nationalistic to the point we have to resort to stereotypes.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. slow racer

    i bet their highschool parking lot is ridiculous?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I bet they have other cars that they use to commute to school. Rich or not I don't think anyone trusts leaving a 250K car at any parking lot on a daily basis.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dieter

    ahhh, to my calculations, thats $2 million +. The Lamborghinis and Ferrari is probably $2 million alone. Well least they were consideration and blocked the traffic whiles the buddies raced ahead.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      2 mill for a Gallerdo?!?!?! nice try but not even close. A 2011 is $197,000. even a superleggera is only a little over 200k. Even a "standard" Buggati Veyron isn't 2 million dollars.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beagler

    whoa!!!!...slow down speed racer!!!!! vrrroooommm vrrroooommmmm!!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kolya75

    $196 fine won't discourage people who can afford cars like these

    September 2, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      $196 is spare change for them.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Warren

    The USA, Canada's Couch 😛

    September 2, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      As Brett "the Hitman" Hart once observed, the USA is shaped like a toilet.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Canaduh

      Canaduh = the joke of the world.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • boatvolt

      Canada's couch is correct....they seem to park a lot of their asses here......

      September 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • omg r u serious

      Warren,....Canada rocks....the states suck..

      September 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • americans are fat

      All kidding aside– people from the USA are generally fat (getting fatter), ulgy (getting uglier), and just depressing. You think Canada is the joke of the world? People who know about Canada want to move there. And I am fine with people who don't know, and don't want to move there. Anyhoo, this is useless argument but at the end of the day americans are still generally fatter and uglier than the populace of any other nation.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Speedyone

    Which one won!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd

      Someone said it was a Prius... but they cant confirm, because it got away!

      September 5, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tracy L

    street racing is cool, hope to see some videos, love all these cars

    September 2, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • OU812IC

      Yeah and you must be 10 years old right

      September 2, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Warren

    Actually, Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities to live in, at least in North America, perhaps the world. The folks who can afford houses there *have* to be rich for the most part. It doesn't surprise me at all that they also own expensive cars which their kids can borrow. The average house costs $792k in Vancouver these days.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Tw1tcH

      lol that's it? Ha, come to California. My old small 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom house, 1500 sq feet sold for 1.2 million. It was on a busy street and was a "meh" place at best.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bc

      On the west side of Vancouver a standard two-storey home sells for an average price of $1.5 million. East Vancouver has an average selling price of $765,000 for a standard two-storey home in 2011.

      Tw1tcH, would love to hear the current price of that same house. California's housing market has tanked with things still not looking too hot. Isn't your state practically bankrupt?

      September 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • brazilian

      lol bro, thats nothing. In Sao Paulo, Brazil an average 200 sqmt apartment is over 3million US$

      September 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Everett Kindred

      Bragging about how much you spend for overpriced real estate? I get that all the time here in San Francisco. The more people pay on their personal living expenses the more they are probably living paycheck to paycheck. SF is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. and has high salaries but many have no money after they pay for their mortgage and other image maintaining junk.

      September 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. s kel

    Yeah but can they float on water? If not, they are useless.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marcus

    Dang rappers. They have all the fun.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      in cnanada?

      September 2, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      lol rappers? The perpetrators are Chinese 18-21 yr olds.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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