Fast, furious and busted: Mounties impound 13 street-racing supercars near Vancouver

Steve Mertl
National Affairs Contributor
Daily Brew

Police in Vancouver are accustomed to seeing high-powered, expensive exotic cars sometimes driven without due regard to the traffic laws that govern lesser mortals.

But an incident Wednesday must have impressed the most jaded road cop.
RCMP pulled over 13 supercars worth an estimated $2 million and impounded them for allegedly street racing through Vancouver's suburbs on Wednesday.

"The vehicles that we're dealing with here were Lamborghinis, high-end Mercedes, Maseratis, Aston Martins, high-end Nissan sports cars," RCMP Insp. Bryon Massie told CBC News.

Six were stopped by Mounties in suburban Surrey and the others were located in nearby White Rock, south of Vancouver.

"The drivers of the vehicles are all in around the age of 20 years old," Massie said. "They're all new drivers. The majority of them do not have their full driver's license status — they're still in the 'N' new category."

Under B.C.'s graduated-licensing system, novice drivers must display a small placard with the letter N on the rear of their cars for their probationary period.

Massie said the registered owner of the Lamborghini was only 18. He and his friends apparently were celebrating the departure of one of their colleagues.

The drivers were each fined $196, plus the cost of impounding and storing their cars for a week. The RCMP is also recommending they be charged with driving without due care.

This isn't the first time police have caught rich kids trying to emulate the Fast and Furious on Vancouver's crowded roads.

Last year, RCMP in North Vancouver impounded a BMW and a $400,000 Ferrari for racing at speeds of around 200 kilometres per hour up a twisty mountain road.

The drivers, aged 21 and 22, were fined almost $1,000 and lost their licences and cars for a week. The Ferrari's driver apparently had the car for only a day before it was taken away.

(CBC Photo)