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. gkc


    September 6, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Benay

    Hypocrites. They stop 'illegal' street races in Canada and the US, but they willingly allow 'illegal' immigrants to enter in huge numbers. Hey guys, there's a bunch of those evil, nasty white middle-class European's driving too fast (3 mph over the limit).. on the double go do your stuff! Anything to divert attention away from REAL issues!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matthew S.

    Too bad they caught those kids, It sounds like they did a pretty goo job of keeping out of sight and staying safe.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karen

    Their fine should be 100,000 too.....

    September 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GeorgeBos95

    Sounds like the RCMP doesn't even have a case for the $196 tickets, or for impounding the vehicles.

    Give 'em back, Dan-O. And next time, catch the buggers before you turn on the lights and pull them over.

    The kids are probably laughing their butts off...because it's apparent their parents aren't monitoring their behavior.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    If they just wanna go fast then take it to the air guys, No speed limit. Ground travel is for delivering goods, taking ma to the doctor and, taking care of other business.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mac70016

    All drivers under 21??? Something wrong with this. Maybe the legal registered owners of the cars should be cited also.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • promethious

      These drivers are all adults. Ticket the owners of the vehicles?? What if the owners didnt know their cars were being driven like this? A good lawyer would get this dropped all together. Witnesses are not police, and that is merely hearsay.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      They are the legal owners lol, don't need to be 21 to own a car.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. tinhorn

    this is my problem with it all: parents can afford 100,000 dollar cars but can't rent some track time for the day? they knew they'd be reckless, put the parents in jail too.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Trust me having that kind of money for a ctat kind of car its so not worth going to a track i wouldve done the same thing...
      Yes i know its not safe thats y i dont do it anymore haha

      September 8, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. rolandoarellano

    wow good story for my middle skool report n my english teacher is canadian so oh yeah he would want to here this

    September 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • fail

      your middle school English teacher should not see this, you'd get an "F" for spelling and grammar. .. . .

      September 7, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Elarr

    They were only going 125 MPH. I wonder how they guestimated that.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. SW

    I grew up in a family with very similar cars in the late 60's and 70's. I spent track time in CT with my father learning how to drive the cars very fast. His only comment about driving on the streets was....If you get a speeding ticket you loose the right to drive the car for 2 months. Two tickets was a year. If I had been caught driving like this, the penalty was never drive the car again, period. I did get a number of speding tickets during that time period. One was for 125 in a 55 zoneon an open highway late at night. I did not drive another one of his cars until I was 25. I also paid the ickets, court costs, and the increased insurance with my part time job money.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. W I

    They are high school students from St. George's School in Vancouver BC. My friend knows them. And ironically, St George's School is ranked as the best school in Vancouver.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tyler

    Hey people go in IL u.s no cops in country and u can speed with those cars haha and no i dont not speed 🙂

    September 8, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Doug

    Who won?

    September 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MR. Mendoza

    haha crazy story sounds like lots of fun! 😉

    September 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
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