When you’ve been following together with the insanity that H2Oi has change into, you’ll know that the Ocean Metropolis Police Division weren’t enjoying round this yr.

Much like a sure Parks and Recreation episode, even essentially the most minor infraction might lead to a automotive impound and/or jail time for the motive force.

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Image this… you’re on the town, cruising the Ocean Metropolis strip in your lowered Miata, and resolve that it’s the appropriate time to lay some rubber for the parents watching on from the sidewalk. After all, you didn’t see the OCPD cruiser coming the opposite approach, which promptly pulls a u-turn and lights you up. The reward in your heroic one-wheel-peel? A $984 tow charge, plus storage charges, and an extended checklist of different tickets leading to fines totaling greater than the automotive’s price.

H2OI Day Impound Car Meet - Speedhunters - 23 - 9 - 2020 - Keiron Berndt

What do you do subsequent? The one factor you are able to do to recoup any cash to purchase a bus ticket house is strip the automotive of its useful elements earlier than the tow truck arrives and hauls it away.

I’m unsure what this explicit Miata’s crime was, nevertheless it was considered one of many vehicles on the town for H2Oi 2020 that ended up within the Ocean Metropolis Police Division’s impound yard. It was minus its seats, entrance bumper, and maybe something else capable of be eliminated in a rush.

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I’m certain somebody will be capable to get a steal of a deal on a banana Miata with extra water in it than the Atlantic when it goes to public sale within the coming months…

H2OI Day Impound Car Meet - Speedhunters - 23 - 9 - 2020 - Keiron Berndt

However slammed Miatas weren’t the one issues caught within the impound lot after I visited. It was a correct meet with a little bit of every part for the entire household.

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With every part from cambered-out Hondas and BRZs and FR-Ss, to Lamborghinis and Toyota hybrids – the OCPD wasn’t enjoying favourites.

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To offer you some thought of how laborious the crackdown was this yr, the whole variety of tows from your entire H2Oi weekend in 2019 was 65.

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This yr, there have been 345 tows at $1,000 a bit. Let’s simply hope that cash is going again into bettering Ocean Metropolis…

H2OI Day Impound Car Meet - Speedhunters - 23 - 9 - 2020 - Keiron Berndt

Because it seems although, getting your automotive into the impound lot throughout H2Oi is the simple half. Getting it out is just a little tougher.

Even if in case you have the cash to pay in your automotive’s launch, chances are high you’ll be ready by way of a couple of days’ price of delays – with storage charges persevering with to be accrued after all. After which there’s the surcharges on the towing charges out of the impound, as tow firms are the one ones in a position to do that.

However wait, there’s extra…

H2OI Day Impound Car Meet - Speedhunters - 23 - 9 - 2020 - Keiron Berndt
H2OI Day Impound Car Meet - Speedhunters - 23 - 9 - 2020 - Keiron Berndt

I spoke to quite a few of us who had simply paid a couple of thousand {dollars} to get their vehicles out of impound for foolish issues like suspension modifications, exhausts, and window tints, solely to search out that their keys had been misplaced. So now you’re flat broke and personal a automotive with out keys, so due to this fact additionally require the companies of a locksmith.

H2OI Day Impound Car Meet - Speedhunters - 23 - 9 - 2020 - Keiron Berndt
H2OI Day Impound Car Meet - Speedhunters - 23 - 9 - 2020 - Keiron Berndt

However regardless of all this, there’s a excessive chance that’ll you’ll do it once more in 2021…

However will, or ought to there even be a subsequent yr for this ‘occasion’? We’ll talk about that in my remaining story from H2Oi 2020, coming quickly.

Keiron Berndt
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