Apparently, You Can't Blame the Car

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

A finely tuned German road machine is always seeking to influence its driver. Prodding the individual to let down their defenses, throw caution to the wind, and open ‘er up.

Make any road your Autobahn. Feel alive, if only for once in your pathetic, stinking life, the German car whispers…

And yet, despite the supercar-fighting prowess instilled into many Mercedes-AMG products, you can’t blame the car or the manufacturer once Johnny Law catches up to you. Especially when you’re a teenager clocked going 191 mph in dad’s C63.

Yes, punishment was no doubt doled out both by dad and the law after a 19-year-old and his similarly aged passenger decided to see just what papa’s previous-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 could do. Clearly, the best time and place to probe the upper limits of the vehicle’s abilities was on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington, Ontario ⁠— one of Canada’s busiest highways. And to ensure nothing bad happened, they decided to do it at night.

Apparently, radar still works after the sun goes down. The duo was clocked by an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser on Saturday going 308 km/h, or 191 mph, making them only the latest example of drivers taking advantage of light, pandemic-caused traffic loads to satisfy their need for speed.

That C63 has since sped to the impound lot, where it will stay for 7 days. Charged with street racing, the teen driver’s license was also taken off the road for 7 days. In an odd bit of legislative boneheadery, stunt driving charges in Ontario apply to anyone caught going 50 km/h over the limit, meaning this driver’s punishment would have been the same had he been nabbed going 150 km/h (93 mph).

That said, the fine incurred can vary, and the possibility of a steep charge as well as a jail term grows as the speedometer of the car in question rises. Something tells this writer the judge will seek to make an example out of this kid.

[Images: Ontario Provincial Police, via Twitter]

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  • -Nate -Nate on May 12, 2020

    Wow; Glad no one was hurt / killed . Me, I enjoy driving quickly, not actually fast . I've done 135 H and it scared me because I've been working in the junk vehicle industry for 50 + years now so I know what can happen and how easily . -Nate

  • Kkop Kkop on May 12, 2020

    This should be easy for the kid to get out of. '308 kph'? 'kph' is a non-existent unit, should've read 'km/h'. Canadians!

  • NJRide So this is an average age of car to be junked now and of course this is a lower end (and now semi-orphaned) product. But street examples seem to still be worth 2500? So are cars getting junked only coming in because of a traumatic repair? If not it seems a lot of cars being junked that would still possibly worth more than scrap.Also Murilee I remember your Taurus article way back what is the king of the junkyard in 2024?
  • AMcA I applaud Toyota for getting away from the TRD performance name. TuRD. This is another great example of "if they'd just thought to preview the name with a 13 year old boy."
  • Jeff Does this really surprise anyone? How about the shoes and the clothes you wear. Anything you can think of that is either directly made in China or has components made in China likely has some slave labor involved. The very smart phone, tablet, and laptop you are using probably has some component in it that is either mined or made by slave labor. Not endorsing slave labor just trying to be real.
  • Jeff Self-driving is still a far ways from being perfected. I would say at the present time if my car took over if I had a bad day I would have a much worse day. Would be better to get an Uber
  • 2manyvettes Time for me to take my 79 Corvette coupe out of the garage and drive if to foil the forces of evil. As long as I can get the 8 track player working...