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:
my viper woulda got em tho
Yeah it would big time, nice car.
Viper hahaha Yeah right
What about the Nissan R-390: The street-legal road car is capable of running 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and 0-100 mph in just 6.8 seconds. The 1/4 mile is accomplished in just 11.1 seconds at 134 mph (216 km/h). The top speed is 220 mph (350 km/h).
0-60 in 3.3 and 0-100 in 6.8 is cool, but there were only 2 of the Nissan R390's made and one resides in a museum. They were offered to the public to the tune of $1,000,000 but it is unknown if any ever actually sold.
My husband has a Mazda RX-7 with a 383 that will run 0-100 in 6.4 seconds. It is also street legal, licensed, and insured and didn't cost anywhere in the vicinity of a million dollars. In fact it cost less than $10,000 start to finish including buying the car. I think this is more impressive than a million dollar car that doesn't go as fast.
never mind the boring stuff like what they were fined – who won the race?
In the USA they would have gotten away.....or been shot to death for trying.
Is that even an impoundable offense?
It is in Vancouver.
Nissans = little nipper cars
Mistake – The Maserati's are GranTurismo's, not Turismo's.
never mind the boring stuff like what fines they received – who won the race?
Looking at the list, it looks like they caught one of those "exotic experience" rental sessions in action.
Camels = muslim-mobiles
If no one got hurt then All I have to say the police are azzholes
Grow up, young man. Plenty of damage is caused and numerous people die each year, including bystanders, because of fools like these who race ILLEGALLY because they fail to understand the consequences of their actions.
If they want to race cars, tell them to find a track and get off the streets.
They would have been left in the dust by my Ford Focus station wagon. 130 horsepower of 4-cylinder fury. (Oh God, my life is over.)
that is just funny!
Hmm... must be nice...
Canadian police..wow, what a bunch of sissies. They couldn't take a once in a lifetime opportunity to send a clear message to these rich spoiled brats the meaning of responsibility? These kids coulda killed someone and have no business even driving a freaking car.
Those 'sissy' RCMP caught them all , didn't they? RCMP does not make the law.
125 mph?? i drive faster than that to and from work??
you're telling me NO ONE took cell phone video of this????!?!?! yea right. Clever ones but not truly intelligent, hopefully they learn something (not from this, because a 196 dollar ticket is nothing. My argument that fines should be proportionate to income prevails), like GO TO A TRACK, WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY RACE RATHER THAN REV UR ENGINE.