Police on Sunday intercepted a fleet of 45 luxury sports cars including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches over suspected illegal racing on Hong Kong Island.
Officers said one of the vehicles pulled over was towed away during the 7am operation, code-named “Fossington”, on suspicion it had been illegally modified.
Members of the task force under police’s Hong Kong Island traffic enforcement and control division also issued defective vehicle orders to nine other cars requiring them to undergo inspection.
“Officers found a number of cars were driving westbound at a high speed along the Island Eastern Corridor expressway. Subsequently, officers intercepted 45 private cars on Gloucester Road off the old Wan Chai police station,” police said in a statement.
The surreal scene of luxury sports cars parked up on one of Hong Kong’s busiest thoroughfares quickly went viral online as passers-by and drivers posted pictures on social media.
Officers are believed to have recorded information on the drivers.
A Nissan GT-R sports car was later seen being towed away, while others were allowed to go.
A police spokesman said no one was arrested during the operation.
Eastern district councillor Derek Ngai Chi-ho, of the Civic Party, said residents living near the expressway had complained of noise believed to have been caused by racing cars.
“It had been going on for some time, and was especially more serious after midnight or in the small hours during weekends or holidays. The problem was raised in district council meetings too,” Ngai said.
Police said they would continue to conduct stringent enforcement actions against offenders to safeguard road safety.
The number of reports about illegal street races rose by 40 per cent to 139 in the first 11 months of 2020, up from 99 in the whole of 2019.
Officers issued 222,905 fixed-penalty tickets and summonses for speeding offences in the first 11 months of last year, a 3 per cent rise from 216,346 in the whole of 2019.
This article was first published in South China Morning Post.