A THOUSAND car “boy racer” rally has been cancelled after organisers were threatened with prosecution if anything went wrong.

The founders of East Essex Cruizers had boasted up to 1,000 cars would take part in the “Colchester Takeover” starting in the Turner Rise retail park, off Petrolea Close, Colchester, on February 9.

Those involved described it as just a group of car enthusiasts and friends meeting up to look at each other’s motors before going for a drive.

But objectors likened it more to the film Fast and Furious with road races and danger top of the bill.

See the full story in Thursday's Gazette.