Boy Racers Slapped With £13,000 Fine For Night Time Supermarket Meet-Up
A group of car enthusiasts have been slapped with £13,000 worth of fines after overstaying their welcome at a supermarket car park.
Almost 200 petrolheads were each given a £70 penalty charge following a Fast and Furious-style night-time meet up in Nottingham last month.
Hundreds of car nuts had gathered to show off their souped-up racers at the event, organised by Facebook group Modified Car Driver.
But residents weren't happy with the noise coming from the Castle Marina Sainsbury's, and 189 of the 249 enthusiasts received fines.
Bernie Dickson, managing director of Horizon Parking, which manages the car park, said: "The introduction of the scheme has been driven by residents living close to the store and suffering from the noise and general disturbance caused by these drivers.
"The residents naturally have asked Sainsbury's to do something about it. We believe this is an appropriate response."
The group has held meet-ups in the car park before but this is the first time members have received fines.
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Car nut Adam Lewis, 37, from Belper, Derbys, called them 'underhand'.
He said: "I didn't have a fine personally but we were in my girlfriend's car and she has received the £70 fine.
"We feel it is very unjustified and underhanded - we have appealed the ticket and we are hoping to hear back soon.
"We weren't there to cause trouble - just simply to meet up and chat to like-minded folk about our cars and modifications that have been done.
"The sign clearly says three hours' free parking in bold so we thought we were okay - there has been a small sticker at the bottom of the sign saying only ten minutes allowed after store hours, but the petrol station was still open so that shouldn't stand."
Fellow enthusiast and Dairy farmer Alan Farmer Easom, 33, added: "I try to attend as many meet-ups as I can. I don't think the tickets are fair at all.
"People want to try and put a stop to our hobby but everyone has a hobby and surely it is better to do it in a professionally organised way like this one."
However, local resident Julie Margate, 58, welcomed the move and said the boy racers had causled a 'nuisance' at the car park previously.
The gran-of-one said: "Its about time they did something to stop it, hundreds of people gather there late at night being anti-social.
"They make an awful noise and have music blaring. It's causing a public nuisance before and it's only right they are stopped or deterred from doing so in future."
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