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. JP

    I'm jealous...

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

      Shame those drivers didn't get away fast enough. Shouldn't own a car if you don't know how to drive it.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. kate

    See what happens when you are young, jobless and reckless with loads of time on your hands?

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

      Don't forget filthy rich on mommy and daddy's money. They were all kids.

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

      What?, you get to have some fun?

      September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Apt Pupil

    Drug trafficking has a lot to do with people owning cars that cost more than the average condominum. Trust me: I've known a few drug dealers in my life and exotic cars are their favorite way to launder all that cash and pick up and please the dumb gold digger hoochy ho's.

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

      these are just kids of corrupt chinese politicians having some fun. some leave the cars in impound because they dont want to deal with the hassle (gotta speak english or french) of taking it out.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dalmac

      You read the part that said only ONE owned their car. The other 12 were driving mommy and Daddys car

      September 2, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dak Hampton

    How did their horses catch these cars?

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

      Probably by leaping over the parking lot turnstiles.

      September 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Geoffrey Hamilton

    Track days people, track days

    September 2, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. zarfzort

    i'm just curious–if there's no evidence that they were racing at these speeds, then how do they know they were driving in excess of 125mph? if one of these "witnesses" sped up to that speed just to know how fast these kids were driving, then by default that witness was racing as well.

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

      helicopter/traps on side of road/undercover pace car?

      September 2, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • triguy85

      perhaps someone counted telephone pole lengths, knew the approximate distance of length one length. Then all they would of had to do was divide by the time they counted that took to go,lets say 4 telephone pole lengths. WALLA you have your mph. Although I doubt they would of converted into Miles per hour, considering Americans are the only fools not using metric system.,,

      September 2, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. howard freedman

    Who won?

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

    Stupid story, the headline made it sound like they took the cars for racing not just impounding them big deal.
    you wasted 5 min. of my life on a non story- boring

    September 2, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. biggins08

    Must be really nice to have rich parents....

    September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Grammar Nazi

    There are quite a few mistakes in this article.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. needspeed

    Puhleeze, some jealous jerk in a Neon reported them, no doubt.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bennett J

    Too bad the canadian government will "accidentally" scrap these cars before the pick up date, it happens to most "street race" cars in that country, they better be ready to have a lawsuit because these kids' parents obviously have some money

    September 2, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    The Nissan GTR's must have been the blocking cars. If I remember correctly they are only a V6. Gutless.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ropo

      But it's a twin turbo V6 that produces 478 HP and 434 lb-ft of torque. So they are in fact more powerful than many of the other cars listed, including the Aston and the Maseratis.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The GT-R's would do alright. From wiki :"Nissan claims the GT-R can reach a top speed of 311 km/h (193 mph),[27] Motor Trend recorded a top speed of 195.0 mph (313.8 km/h).[28] It has been tested to achieve 0-60 mph (97 km/h) times as low as 3.2 seconds with "launch control"[29] and 3.8 seconds without[30] (improved to 3.5 seconds in models produced since March 2009[31])."

      The Aston Martin is by far the most attractive car in that bunch. It's a little slow off the blocks though.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. bachmanntwit

    FACT: Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus Bachmann, is as qu**r as a three dollar bill. Apparently he couldn't 'pray away' his own gay.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Haywood Jablowmi

    All Spoiled Filthy Rich Chinese Youngster I Assume........

    September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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      September 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
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