MTV denies part in car chase across France

27th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 27 (AFP) - MTV on Monday dissociated itself from a high-speed sportscar rally across France this month that resulted in four Britons being arrested for dangerous driving and losing their licences.

PARIS, Sept 27 (AFP) - MTV on Monday dissociated itself from a high-speed sportscar rally across France this month that resulted in four Britons being arrested for dangerous driving and losing their licences.  

"MTV network Europe wants to emphasise that it was never a sponsor of Cannonball 8000," the music television station said in a statement referring to the illegal car race organised from London which took place on French motorways September 18-19.  

The company said it had contacted the organisers of the rally and told them to take down its logo proclaiming it a sponsor along with the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, and the men's magazines FHM and Penthouse.  

French police were alerted by concerned calls from motorists who had seen dozens of British-registered Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis and other sportscars whizz by them at excessive speeds on a motorway northwest of Paris.  

Officers managed to stop four of the vehicles at a toll booth and calculated their speeds from ticket timestamps at more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour on a road whose top limit is 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour.  

The drivers, all Britons, had their driving licences confiscated on the spot and were released on EUR 2,000 bail each to face court December 2 charged with putting other motorists' lives in danger.  

Other drivers in the unofficial rally managed to escape the police and continue their race to Monaco after stopping overnight in a Paris hotel.  

According to the Cannonball 8000 website, entrants in the rally paid GBP 2,500 (EUR 3,700, USD 4,500) to take part.  

The site says the event "is not a race", but describes it as "hi-speed chases across France and Italy and wild parties that run from dusk till dawn".

 

© AFP

 

Subject: French News

 

 

 

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