A Ford GT confiscated by police is claimed by its owner to be worth at least $200,000 after he painstakingly restored it with a gleaming blue spray job and faultless interior.
But the 32-year-old car enthusiast will never see a cent of profit after the iconic Aussie muscle car was among eight vehicles seized during a blitz on car hoons and street racing at Botany on Sunday.
Eight drivers, including three P-platers, were caught doing burnouts and all had their vehicles impounded and towed away.
But for the GT owner, reclaiming the car will not be an option, with the sedan to be sold at government auction after police revealed it was the second time it had been impounded.
The move came as police yesterday spoke of their frustration at the ongoing problem of drag racers and hoons who continue to gather and menace residents at Port Botany, La Perouse and Brighton Le Sands.
Under Operation Torque, police and RTA officers have been targeting hot spots for more than three months, seizing 20 cars.
More than 30 police hit meeting spots on Anzac Pde, Penryhn Rd and Foreshore Rd from about 5pm on Sunday, issuing 18 defect notices and 39 infringements. The blitz came as more than 100 car enthusiasts gathered in the area, despite ongoing operations.
Superintendent Ron Mason said police were determined to stamp out the hoons, who were endangering other motorists with risky driving and unroadworthy cars.
“It is a big problem,” Supt Mason said.
“Several months back you would get 200 to 300. At the moment we are getting 100, so it's starting to get to them with the number of confiscations we are getting.”
Supt Mason said police called in the riot squad to quell unrest from some motorists, who were upset over the seizures.
The drivers were aged from 17 to 40. One youth was driving his mother's car and another was driving a vehicle belonging to his brother.
The vehicles included three Holden Commodores, two GT model Fords, a Holden utility, a Holden Torana and a Nissan 200SX.
“Whatever day they're going to be there, we'll be there,” Supt Mason said.
“You do the wrong thing and you pay the consequences.”
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