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 |  Jan 27 2012, 7:30 PM

A pair of Chevrolet Impala taxi cabs were seized and their drivers are facing “stunt driving” charges out in Toronto, Ontario Canada when they were caught street racing on Canada’s longest street, Younge Street. Those charged with stunt driving will have their license seized for seven days and face a fine between $2,000 to $10,000.

The motives behind why both drivers decided to race it out is unknown, but sections of Younge Street have been known to be street racing spots in the past. Maybe both of them were just reliving the past or settling a grudge, either way we don’t think either of them owe the other a 10 second car.

Check out the news clip after the break.

[Source: CTV News]

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 |  Sep 29 2011, 8:00 PM

It seems that retired racing legend Al Unser Jr. still likes to make headlines… but this time, it’s for all the wrong reasons. It’s been confirmed that the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and reckless driving in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

According to Bernalillo County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Brown, Unser was arrested Thursday morning in Albuquerque, where he lives. The police pulled him over for drag racing in his Suburban – they clocked him going over 100 mph. Instead of a trophy and sponsorship endorsements, he was awarded charges of reckless driving and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Unser was released from jail on his own recognizance. We will fill you in with more details as they become available.

[Source: AP]

 |  Apr 29 2011, 12:43 PM

One of the most highly anticipated sports events to be held in America this year is the 17th meeting of the X Games, and this years event will get an extra dose of excitement.

At this years event, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA. will feature a RallyCross circuit on the streets of LA. This course through downtown LA will be the first of its kind and will surely please the crowd.

It’s already got Tanner Foust all excited. The co-host of Top Gear America will be competing again this year and said, “Having RallyCross at last year’s X Games was a huge step for the sport, but racing through city streets is how motorsport began. Being in the car, ripping through streets, cranking the handbrake through intersections while door-to-door and jumping next to buildings is going to be truly epic! I can’t wait!”

The games main broadcaster, ESPN will be pulling out all the stops for the coverage of this event. They will cover 25 hours of events in high-definition and 18 hours of 3D coverage will also be provided.

The games will take place between July 28 – 31 and will be broadcasted in 121 countries.

 |  Nov 24 2010, 4:08 PM

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A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia saw his Ferrari get auctioned off by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, after they seized the vehicle for excessive speed in September.

The Ferrari was racing a BMW M6 in the north end of Vancouver, and was clocked traveling 124 mph in a zone designated for speeds of around 40 mph. Reports state that the Ferrari narrowly missed a mother and her children.

Provincial laws allow the police to seize and take possession of vehicles involved in excessive speeding or reckless driving incidents. The Scuderia ended up selling for $306,000, with the money divided between the vehicle’s owner and the government in an 80/20 split. The BMW M6 will be auctioned sometime next week.

[Source: The Province]

 |  Aug 11 2010, 10:55 AM

A 19-year-old man near Toronto, Canada has been charged with careless driving after bragging about going 87 mph in a 25 mph residential zone.

Vladimir Rigenco was given a 2006 BMW M5 by his parents as a reward for doing well in high school. Predictably, Rigenco also had a proclivity for speeding and bragging about it online – so much so that fellow forum members expressed alarm and notified the police after one incident.

Rigenco posted a thread about speeding in a subdivision, where he wrote comments like “I hit 140 [kilometers per hour] in like 6 or less seconds lol,” and “I cant stop racing with this car.”

A forum member in the United States tipped off police, who then canvassed the neighborhood. Police eventually found an eyewitness who saw Rigenco’s unsafe driving, and decided to lay charges.

Rigenco’s lawyer Aaron Spektor claimed that Rigenco’s parents aren’t knowledgeable about cars and were unaware of the M5′s capabilities.

“What business does he have behind the wheel of an M5? A 500-horsepower car?” “Suffice it to say, it’s gone. He doesn’t have it anymore. They took it.”

[Source: The Toronto Star]

 |  May 21 2010, 2:50 PM

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If one were to look up the definition of “pathetic” in the dictionary, the following story would be it. A Georgia driver of a Toyota Prius, tired of being mocked for his hybrid car, had enough teasing one day, and attempted to prove just how awesome his car’s acceleration capabilities are – by trying to out-drag a Honda Civic that attempted to pass him.

The Athens Banner Herald reported that Timothy Hird, 23, was tired of being mocked over his choice of vehicle. Hird and Alejandro Gamboa, 18, were both charged with reckless driving after Gamboa’s Civic nearly hit a police cruiser while him and Hird were battling it out along a curvy stretch of road.

According to Gamboa and his passenger, both Hird and Gamboa’s Civic left a Publix supermarket at the same time, and headed down Georgia Highway 211. Hird allegedly sped up to pass Gamboa, pulling along side and yelling “Watch This” as he did so. Hird apparently blocked Gamboa from passing him multiple times, and would repeatedly tap his brakes when Gamboa’s car was behind his own.

Hird denied the allegations, but according to a police officer who filed a report on the matter, “Hird repeatedly told me that people are always harassing him on the road because he drives a Prius.”

[Source: Jalopnik]

 |  May 07 2010, 8:26 AM

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Yesterday the annual Gumball 3000 Rally wound its way from Quebec to Toronto, with one thrill seeker finding out the hard way about the province of Ontario’s strict street racing law. The driver of a 2009 Dodge Charger from California was stopped once near Kingston, Ontario for driving 140 km/h in a 100 km/h zone and given a ticket. Two hours later, the same driver was pulled over in his Charger traveling 170 km/h. Under Ontario’s “Street Racing” legislation, anyone caught exceeding the posted limit by more than 50 km/h faces tough penalties – and that’ sjust what happen.

Ontario Provincial Police (stationed at almost every exit along the 401) charged the driver with stunt driving, seized his license for seven days and impounded his vehicle. (Perhaps the team in the Volvo limo will give him a ride the rest of the way?)

The Gumballers were on their way to Toronto for the night, before embarking on the final leg to New York.

AutoGuide caught up with the Gumballers at a pit stop during the day at Shannonville Motorsports Park, two hours east of Toronto. Check out all the exotics in our gallery below:

GALLERY: 2010 Gumball 3000

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[Source: Yahoo]

 |  Feb 13 2009, 11:50 AM

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An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in the Canadian province of Ontario has been charged with “Street Racing” in her police cruiser while on duty.

The officer was charged with the offense after she was stopped by a Bryant County OPP officer on Highway 403, west of Toronto. Det. Const. Heidi Fischer was clocked going 165 km/h (103 mph) in a 100 km/r (62 mph) zone.

Det. Const. Fischer was not racing another car, but according to “street racing” legislation passed in 2007 by the Ontario Provincial Government, anyone caught going more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit can be charged with a new street racing offense.

“The subsequent investigation found that the officer was not within the lawful execution of her duties at the time,” police said.

Her license was suspended for seven days and the OPP unmarked vehicle was impounded for seven days. Det. Const. Fischer is due to appear in court in March where things could get much worse for her. Upon conviction, she could face a maximum fine of $10,000 and a license suspension of 2 years. (Repeat offenders can face a license suspension for up to 10 years).

And we though Canada was full of socialists, not Nazis.

This is not the first time a police officer in the province of Ontario has been charged under the new legislation either. OPP Constable Lloyd Tapp was charged last year on Highway 35-115, southwest of Peterborough. Constable Michael Deyell, is recovering from injuries suffered during a late-night collision with two horses on a highway, also near Peterborough. Const. Deyell was also charged last year after allegedly exceeding the posted limit by more than 60 km/h when he hit two horses on another highway near Peterborough.

These aren’t the most bizzare cases either. According to CanadianDriver.com a garbage truck was busted for street racing last year.

[Source: The Toronto Star & National Post]