British Columbia Sells Lamborghini Seized In Street Racing Incident

british columbia sells lamborghini seized in street racing incident

A Lamborghini involved in a street racing incident in Vancouver, B.C. was sold off by the British Columbia government’s Civil Forfeiture Office.

The sale was made with “mutual consent” of the owner, according to The National Post. 13 vehicles, among them an Audi R8, Mercedes SLS, three Nissan GT-Rs, various Lamborghinis and a Ferrari 599 were seized by police after the vehicles were caught street racing on Highway 99 outside of Vancouver. All of the drivers were under 21 and six of them still had their novice licenses, which in B.C. requires a visible “N” sticker placed on the car.

The drivers allegedly blocked traffic with their vehicles so that other drivers could race one other. Not surprisingly, the comment sections of various blogs and news sites were filled with vitriol against the “foreign” students (read: part of Vancouver’s large Chinese community, made up of wealthy mainland Chinese or Hong Kong expats), their wealthy upbringings and other low-grade ad hominem attacks. Clearly, these aren’t the sorts of Gen Y members who are scraping by. The rich kids of Vancouver are a special breed, who make even the most spoiled “My Super Sweet 16” participants look like Dickensian orphans.

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  • Thirty-three Thirty-three on Jan 11, 2012

    The reason we have such a harsh punishment for street racing here is because of the damage caused by street racers. People walking on the sidewalk have been killed. Many lamp posts, street signs, bus shelters, and fire hydrants have been mowed down. People have even driven into barriers at the end of streets; a few years ago street racers playing chicken were regularly ending up in the Fraser River while racing on a road that ends at the river. I don't care who they are, or how much money they have. You're not allowed to trash the city just so you can have fun.

  • Sinistermisterman Sinistermisterman on Jan 11, 2012

    I live in Vancouver, and whilst it is really quite satisfying to see some of these entitled, never-worked-a-day-in-their-lives rich kids get their comeuppance, it still does not sit well with me that the government can confiscate your property for such an offence. My understanding of the 'civil forfeiture' laws was that they were put in place to screw convicted drug dealers and gangsters of their ill-gotten gains, not go after Johnny motorist, no matter how rich and stupid they are. Fine them, ban them from driving for X number of years. At least that way the little turds will (hopefully) be a little older and wiser before they get their next set of ultra-expensive wheels.

    • Signal11 Signal11 on Jan 12, 2012

      I don't understand the resentment towards rich kids. If mommy and daddy worked real hard to make money so their kids wouldn't have to, then why resent the kids? The people you should be direct your hostiliy towards are the parents.

  • John R John R on Jan 11, 2012

    "...were filled with vitriol against the “foreign” students (read: part of Vancouver’s large Chinese community, made up of wealthy mainland Chinese or Hong Kong expats), their wealthy upbringings and other low-grade ad hominem attacks." Wow. Here I thought Canada was above this.

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    • Tiredoldmechanic Tiredoldmechanic on Jan 11, 2012

      If you're really interested, google the name "Irene Thorpe" and her story should give you a pretty good idea of why immigrants using our streets as racetracks creates such anger in us otherwise tolerant Canucks. It's not just the Chinese community either, and our gutless legal system doesn't help. If you lived here you'd understand. I say let 'em keep the cars, which they can take back to wherever they hail from after they are deported. If that's vitriolic, so be it.

  • "scarey" "scarey" on Jan 11, 2012

    The law is crookeder than anything outside the law. Citations: it is illegal to have 'secret compartments' in your car- you might smuggle drugs in them, even if you don't. You must show ID if you 'look' under 40- even though the age to buy tobacco is 18 and alcohol is 21. Certain shapes of beakers are illegal to possess because they may be used to manufacture drugs, even if you don't. If you are found to be carrying too much cash- you could be arrested for 'money laundering'- even if you were merely going to buy a car. The list goes on and on.

    • Silvy_nonsense Silvy_nonsense on Jan 11, 2012

      The vast majority of laws are sensible and contribute to an environment of personal and economic safety. It's not exactly news that a small number of laws designed to catch bad guys sometimes ensnare normal folks who have no ill intent. Just out of curiosity are you really that concerned about your "right" to build secret compartments in your car so you can carry large quantities of scientific glassware and legitimately earned cash? Who are you, Walter White? Also, I think you need to recognize that the examples you've presented are a mish-mash of law and convenience store signage. Just sayin'