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If You’re Going To Street Race, Don’t Do It In Canada, Eh?

Posted in Bizarre, Cars, driving, Expensive Cars, FAIL, Legal, Police, Racing by Kurt Ernst | November 28th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

What’s faster up a mountain, a Ferrari 430 Scuderia or a BMW M6? Two British Columbia men were determined to answer this question with a quick, hammer-down drive up British Columbia’s Mount Seymour. As you may have guessed, it didn’t work out quite the way the men expected, especially after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police clocked the cars in excess of 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour) in a 60 kph (37 mph) zone. Worse, the pair narrowly avoided hitting a pedestrian and her two children, and in BC reckless driving is grounds for vehicle forfeiture.

The Ferrari was sold back to the dealership, with the car’s owner receiving 50% of the proceeds, the driver (a relative of the owner) receiving 30% and the British Columbia government keeping the remaining 20%. The BMW M6 goes up for auction in the near future, with 70% of the proceeds going to the BC government and the remainder going to the owner. Which is kind of bizarre, since proceeds from cars forfeited in the U.S. go directly to the police agency, regardless of how much is still owned on the vehicle. In addition to losing the cars, both drivers received 15 day license suspensions, which seems like a lot less of a penalty than you’d get in the States. On second thought, street racing in British Columbia is looking a whole lot more attractive than street racing in the US. I even know where you can get a good deal on a slightly used, Canadian market BMW M6.

Source: Autoblog

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  1. […] work out quite the way the men expected, especially after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police […]Read more… Categories: Uncategorized Tags: British Columbias Mount Seymour, M6 Two British Columbia, […]

  2. gdalton says:

    Not sure why the driver is getting 30%…but these new speeding laws just went into effect here in British Columbia in the last 2 months so they’re still fairly controversial.

    They also brought in an automatic 7-day car impound for anyone blowing .05 BAC or over. Kind of ironic since our provincial Premier is a convicted drunk driver.

    Generally, the public is fed up with excessive speeding and street racing. Fines alone don’t have any effect on wealthy drivers.

    Just the other day we had a newly licensed driver caught doing 205 km/h in a 110 km/h zone IN THE SNOW…!!!

  3. Kurt Ernst says:

    Gdalton, it didn’t make sense to me that the driver was getting paid, either. Down here, owners get nothing when cars are seized.

    200 kph in the snow is called “natural selection”; sooner or later, Darwin will prove to be right.

  4. BigRuss says:

    yeah thats natural selection at its best…

  5. I never knew cars got seized indefinitely for racing. Couldn’t the drivers just buy a new sports car after their probation time is over?

    And About street racing, I feel it shouldn’t be done anywhere, period. Not just Canada. If you want to race; take it out on the track. A lot of young people think they are fearless but car accidents can be gruesome. I have heard of accidents where people get decapitated or with body parts laying all over the freeway.

  6. Kurt Ernst says:

    OCF, I think it depends on local law enforecement. My brother’s department (county level) would seize cars caught in drug transactions; nicer ones were kept for undercover use, beaters were sold at auction with the proceeds going to the sheriff’s department. I can’t remember if they seized cars for street racing.

    You’re absolutely correct about keeping it on the track, and I wasn’t meaning to condone street racing.