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. coolbreeze

    the adrenaline for driving fast is unexplained...In my younger years I raced down Highways @ top speeds 140 mph..I was young, stupid and didn't care about anyone but myself. Now I look back and wished I never had done it. Putting lives at risk and my own. Thank GOD he knew that he had a plan for me, I'm STILL ALIVE. I love life. So kids DON'T DO IT> it's not worth the risk of killing someone and killing yourself!!!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • zarfzort

      go preach somewhere else, sucka.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • coolbreez

      Tell your mother to come and suck-a on this

      September 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. NP

    $ MiLIION Dollars queestion. WHICH CAR WON THE RACE?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      lol, that's all I wanted to know too! 😀

      September 2, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Learn to spell and learn the correct way to pluralize words....just saying

      September 2, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • donnie

      That would imply that there was a winner at the end. Considering they were "racing" these incredible cars at only 125 mph means theyre all losers.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. noname1969

    125mph? Wow! Really? My Aveo can go that fast 😛 Those cars can go over 200mph (not just 200kph)!

    September 2, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. James

    Be a shame if some of these cars got dinged up in the impound lot, teach mommy and daddy a lesson about letting the kids borrow them.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Even if there are damages, mommy and daddy won't be able to do much considering most of these Chinese kids are left alone to study in Vancouver while the parents are over seas working.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. CC

    I am going to start reporting cars racing, surely the police will impound the vehicle on the spot like this instance? Who needs proof of wrong doing other then a 3rd party account anyways?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bush Lawyer

      Eye witness evidence should be admissible, for example someone on the highway doing 80 could give evidence that certain vehicles overtook them at warp speed. Vancouver is full of spoiled little rich kids

      September 2, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Careful, might be a cop or his kid. Be SURE.

      September 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patricia Tatum

    How can they afford these cars at their age?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      ...they can't. But Mommy and Daddy can.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. ....................

    i want to see video. that would of been something to see.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. aye

    Will, a Nissan GTR is probably on of the most respected street racing cars out there....Just a little tidbit of information for ya

    September 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. chris

    ...but wait! Which car won??

    September 2, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Evn

    Rich a–holes. Nothing more.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin inAtlanta

    I'm sorry...I must admit...I get a slight erection reading that car list...

    September 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rich

    These are just Asian kids who's parents just throw money at them. Send them back to Hong Kong.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      haters gonna hate.

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

      Agree with you Rich. Send 'em back to China. Would love to see what would happen to them there when they break the law.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. usbajs

    Sorry, Will. As much as it pains me, gotta disagree. A Nissan GTR is top end car and will fare well in race with the others. It ain't your mom's Sentra!

    September 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. webbie

    where the heck did those kids get these cars from... that is more interesting to me... <21 and having 250K cars seems a bit more interesting to me than the fact that they race with them...

    September 2, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dak Hampton

    There is no such thing as a "high end" Nissan. Not even a Skyline or GT-R.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Then you've never driven a GT-R.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh Word

      you have no idea what you are talking about, google it my friend...

      September 2, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin inAtlanta

      You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. GT-Rs are quite "high end"...seriously, try google?

      September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • abqTim

      So a Nissan Altima is on par with a GT-R???? Think a little harder.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • pete

      I have to agree. Although the GT-R is a very respectable sports car in it's own right, it doesn' t come close to competing with a Lamborghini or Maserati.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ropo

      Only in price alone. Chances are the GT-R would crush them performance-wise. Especially the Maserati. Maseratis are expensive, but they're definitely the slowest cars in that group. Don't talk cars if you don't know cars.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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