• May 6, 2009

Click above to view the video after the jump

We definitely saw this coming. We've been receiving some unconfirmed reports that several of the participants on this year's Gumball 3000 rally had their cars impounded, and the video after the jump is the first visual evidence we've seen. Apparently several of the Gumballers were driving well in excess of the posted speed limit, as high as 170 mph, resulting in three impounded cars, including a Bugatti Veyron, and the drivers going to jail. Follow the jump to hear the MonsterArmy team talk (NSFW) about the impounded cars and to see footage of the Bugatti Veyron getting loaded up onto the flatbed. Thanks for the tip, Brandon!




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      • 5 Years Ago
      In toronto, it takes 2 hours to cover 45 km (30 miles) on a typical weekday morning or evening. Traffic cops should be ticketed for making my commute long. Look at the average commute times now in most cities.. they are horrendous. Just because there are two slowpokes drag racing their 10 year old beaters with nobody in front of them causing the backup. Its ridiculous..

      I want to give a ticket to the Province of Ontario and fine Toronto City and lecture Toronto patrol for their irresponsibility. These jokers need to concentrate on how to improve traffic flow and fine punitively those idiots who hold up the traffic.

      Instead they try to prey on innocent people who just are trying to get home after a hard day's work or leaving for work trying to attend important issues. The attitude of traffic cops is even more sickening.. these SOBs once were smirking giving me a ticket for going 20kmph over posted 60 kmph (40 mph) on a three lane highway 48 when there was nobody in front me for couple miles.

      Remember speed does not kill... its the idiot in front who suddenly becomes stationary that is the threat. I once had this incident when one lady was afraid of a Semi driving in the next lane (not even merging) that she suddenly hit the brakes and came to a standstill in the middle of a toll expressway. I stopped right behind her and took the brunt of 2 car crash behind me. I wound up protecting this idiot for no fault of mine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't they seize and crush motorcycles for speeding in some states...

      i wonder if they could do that with a Veyron... I think it would be a tremendous waste of a piece of art... but i hate the double standard against motorcycles...

      plus it would be funny to have some rich prick lose $1 million + because he is a stupid wanker.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Interstates in the US are not the Autobahn. There are good reasons our limits are much lower: road quality, potholes, undulations, rough shoulders, lack of guardrails, shorter sight distances, no vehicle restrictions... they're just not designed that way, and the drivers on them aren't educated that way either. Passing any moving vehicle with a 100+mph speed differential is dangerous. Our laws are simple - this is the speed limit. No matter the car, the driver, time of day, weather, traffic or the cop's mood. Above that limit, you know you're at the cops' mercy. I've found them to be reasonable, personally. As for why the government(s) didn't inconvenience thousands of its citizens by closing down hundreds of miles of interstate to cater to rich playboys... well that answers itself. I think it's great PR for the USA that these rich guys got punished for breaking laws just like anyone else. Now if only the fines were proportional to their net worths so they actually hurt and deter like in Sweden (according to the book 'Traffic'). I wouldn't mind seeing a Veyron crushed as much as a GT-R, personally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody reading from the Dallas area this morning? The Gumballers were supposed to spend last night at the W Hotel at Victory Park near downtown, and head out this morning. I was hoping someone here could get some pictures. I had other commitments, or I would have been down there with a camera. I'm just hoping they don't get hailed on going through East Texas today, as there are some nasty storms (heavy rain/wind/hail) moving through there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I went last night when they were pulling in. Nice group of guys really. The two Veyrons and a McLaren SLR were there (not sure if it was the one that was pulled over though). In front of the W they put the two Veyrons back to back and a SSC Ultimate Aero was parked with them. It was interesting to see how different those cars were.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is hard to feel sorry for a guy with the money for a Veyron being arrested for going 170 mph on public roads.
      • 5 Years Ago
      170mph on an open straight road in a Veyron is nothing, try doing 35mph through Manhattan during rush hour.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's the video of the Veyron? All I see are two idiots punching each other and speaking some sort of want-to-be gangster dialect. Is this what our rich and reckless have become?
      mikes1320
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well what do you expect the race is all over the internet of course they were going to get caught.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dumbass rich boys think they've got the God given right to endanger others. Looks good on them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        + 1000! Apparently fast cars and fat wallets are not indicative of common sense. That's what the Nurburgring is for...you'd think these guys would arrange to rent the track for a day and just have at 'er. I'm guessing these multi-gazillionaires are just bored with their lives and need the thrill of the chase.
        • 5 Years Ago
        re: akboss302

        Look up how many people die on the ring each year vs how many people have died during the 11 years of the gumball then get back to me about endangering others.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Malfoy Roark

        At least 1 death has occurred from the gumball 3000, and the person who died wasn't participating in the race, but was minding his own business while driving. I'd say one innocent death is worth canceling the whole thing. Races involve people who know the risks, even the spectators understand that some amount of risk can happen. Gumball 3000 is glorified street racing, and street racing involved deaths happen every year. I'll assume you are grouping all organized racing events and the deaths that may have occurred from those events, I think it's fair to combine all deaths involved in every illegal street racing event ever, which includes the gumball 3000. So I'd say just as many deaths, if not more have happened directly from illegal street racing, and most cases, the people killed weren't involved with the illegal races, but innocent bystanders minding there own business.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rob:

        People paid to be at the baseball game, aware of an inherent but minimal risk that is at the very least minimized by the many safety precautions taken. That's the same as public roads, speed limits being one of the safety precautions. If I was to set up a baseball cannon that fired 100mph balls into the grand stands at random, it would be the same as Cannonballers driving 175mph down public roads, willfully endangering those that are not aware or prepared. I'm not saying people should stay inside, quite the opposite, but speed limits and traffic laws exist for a very simple reason. If they were removed or unenforced (even for those with money), we would all be the worse for it. Why are you giving these guys props? Chances are if they hit your car you'd whine that they weren't stopped.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Curtis: Let's cancel baseball, since that has resulted in an innocent death or two. Oh, and rally racing. Probably Nascar too. Oh, and regular driving has killed innocent people too! We should just cancel everything and stay indoors. That would solve everything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well that's not something you see every day...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hopefully we don't see a Veyron go to the Crusher to "Prove a point to Street Racers/Speeding." That would be the most epic thing ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Precisely as others have started saying, this is complete propagandist nonsense that the knee jerk morons bought hook, line, and sinker. With nearing 2 million federal agents and police, why would anyone seriously publicize a multi-million dollar "illegal" race?
      'But God bless America, brother. Support the police, putting their lives on the line to save us from Al Qaeda speed racers!'
      • 5 Years Ago
      The guy in the black T-shirt is really, really annoying. The word "wigger" comes to mind. Anyway, good on the police for nabbing the speeders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        its rick thorn, he is a pro bmx rider and just a crazy dude. no idea what he is doing in the gumball 3000 though
        • 5 Years Ago
        thornE

        i wish there was an edit...
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