Cannonball Run driversarrested, Ferraris impounded
14 September 2004, GIRONA – Spanish police arrested drivers of 70 high-performance cars on the illegal Cannonball Run across Europe, it was reported Tuesday.
14 September 2004
GIRONA – Spanish police arrested drivers of 70 high-performance cars on the illegal Cannonball Run across Europe, it was reported Tuesday.
Police in Girona, north-east Spain, said they had impounded Ferraris, Porsches and Rolls-Royces, hauling in the drivers for taking part in what they claimed was an illegal race on public roads.
"We caught two of the cars doing more than 200 kilometres an hour (125mph) along the motorway," a police spokeswoman said.
Police patrol units across the north-eastern region of Catalonia had been warned another 50 cars would be taking part.
Only two drivers had been arrested for speeding.
The others had their cars impounded when they reached a motorway toll gate near Girona, and may be obliged to pay traffic fines to get them back.
The drivers, including some from the US, Denmark and Germany, had paid GBP 3,000 to take part in the Cannonball Run Europe, which is inspired by the road races across the US that generated several films.
Tim Porter, organiser of the Cannonball Run Europe, claimed the drivers were not racing and were simply on a holiday drive from London to Benidorm, where the mayor was waiting for them.
"We are being treated like terrorists," he said.
"All of a sudden my clients are being given a public flogging."
The event's website also said the Cannonball Run Europe was not a race, advertising it as "a driving adventure, a physical and mental challenge, a meeting of man, machine and mayhem".
"Just taking part is an achievement, winning is nothing short of life-changing," the website claimed.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news