A look at the then-new 1993 Vic Lee Motorsports BMW 318is touring car on Sky Sports with driver Tim Harvey.

The seizure was part of a months-long effort called Operation Bounce. That accounted for £6 million in nose candy back in 1993, as the Sunday Mercury reported after Lee made it out of jail. For the second time.

Lee’s two-time BTCC winning team Vic Lee Motorsports was liquidated after Lee was sentenced to 12 years in prison for smuggling the cocaine in team transporters. The old VLM team went on to form what is now called Team Dynamics, which fields Honda’s factory entry in the BTCC today.

But there’s more.

After getting released in 1998 on parole, Lee got busted for the same exact offense—but only £1.7 million worth of coke this time—in 2005. The drugs were found in the trunk of his personal BMW M3. Again, he was sentenced for 12 years, but he was released on parole after serving only five years.


By then he had a taken over a new team, which he renamed Vic Lee Racing, with support from Peugeot.

Lee finally fell into a more legally-friendly line of work as the managing director of seat maker Corbeau despite some calls for him not to be employed there because of his past, as noted by the Sunday Mercury. Hopefully this time he learned that some pursuits (particularly those that involve smuggling illegal substances) aren’t worth picking back up to try again.