Apparently, You Can't Blame the Car

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
apparently you cant blame the car

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!

  • Tassos REAL DRIVERS don't drive .. SUVs and crossovers,They drive REAR WHEEL DRIVE Coupes, sedans, and convertibles.And I could care less if the above upsets 70% of all car buyers or people reading this.Don't bother to reply, I will not see it.
  • TheEndlessEnigma Tyranny is a wonderful thing.
  • Analoggrotto Macan looks like a muffin top girl wearing too tight of a tank top
  • FreedMike I guess they took “drive it like you stole it” too literally.
  • Arthur Dailey Chris wrote: "should you need to venture onto an unplowed snow-covered cul-de-sac in mid-February, where a lower-slung car might start acting like a snowplow". And he is correct. With the focus on MPG/aerodynamics many of the current sedans/coupes/hatches have front air dams that ride far too low. During our major storm of early 2022, I cannot count the number of cars that I found stuck because either their low road clearance/front dam had acted like a plow and built up a large snowbank in front of them, or in some instances their front drive wheels were actually off the ground and had no traction. We checked out a CX-30 this summer and would have purchased one except that there was a 6 month minimum waiting list. Instead we purchased another small SUV that was 'on the lot'. For my next purchase the CX-30 and CX-5 are on the list, (although all things being equal my preference would be a hybrid Maverick) primarily due to Mazda's engines, the use of an actual automatic transmission and their warranty. The major concerns being the lack of leg room in the back seat and possibly headroom overall. Being a Mazda if I did purchase one I would ensure that it was Krowned annually. Also have to agree with Chris that with the exception of Alfa, no other auto manufacturer does a 'deep red' as well as Mazda.
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