UK tourists use German roads for illegal races

30th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2005, BERLIN - Germany's autobahn highways often don't have speed limits but a group of illegal car racers from Britain found out Monday that rules of the road apply even when travelling at high speeds.

30 August 2005

BERLIN - Germany's autobahn highways often don't have speed limits but a group of illegal car racers from Britain found out Monday that rules of the road apply even when travelling at high speeds.

Police detained the sports car drivers at a petrol station in Bavaria after they raced on the autobahn at speeds of up to 272 kilometres per hour, officials said.

Four drivers were found to have been under the influence of drugs and two of the cars had fake licence plates.

In addition, many or all of the 12 member racing team had overtaken slower cars on the right - which is strictly forbidden in Germany - and driven on the emergency side lane.

Members of the teams filmed much of the race and police seized videos documenting the illegal highway manoeuvres, officers said.

The race was part of a package tour deal for which participants paid EUR 1,500 and included a visit to the Ferrari factory in Italy.

DPA

Subject: German news

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