British millionaire drivers arrested in high-speedrally on French motorway

20th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

SENLIS, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - Police broke up an illegal weekend rally by British millionaires along French motorways by confiscating driving licences from some owners of around 60 high-end sportscars which had been speeding along at over 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour, officers said Monday.

SENLIS, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - Police broke up an illegal weekend rally by British millionaires along French motorways by confiscating driving licences from some owners of around 60 high-end sportscars which had been speeding along at over 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour, officers said Monday.  

Four Britons were stripped of their licences on the spot after police, called by alarmed motorists, stopped them at a toll booth northwest of Paris and calculated their speeds from the timestamps on their tickets.  

One officer, Lieutenant Stephane Tourtin, said the expensive vehicles - mainly Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys and Lamborghinis - had been racing each other since arriving across the English Channel on their way to Monaco.  

Most of the other drivers managed to escape the dozen police sent to intercept them.   A French court in Senlis ordered the four who were caught to pay fines of EUR 2,000 (USD 2,400) each and to appear again to answer charges of putting others in danger.   The top speed limit on French motorways is 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour.  

French authorities have taken an increasingly strict stance with speeders in the past two years in a bid to crack down on road deaths, much to the chagrin of some British sportscar owners keen to test the limits of their vehicles on the good-quality roads.  

Last year, a group of British millionaires and celebrities who cough up GBP 10,000 (EUR 15,000, USD 18,000) each year to take part in a cross-border race called the Gumball Rally tore across France and Spain in a flashy contest of cars and drinking.

© AFP

 

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