SOUTH BEND - In a flashback to the fun but bad-influence Burt Reynolds road-race movies of the 1970s and 1980s, a pack of more than a dozen speeding Italian sports cars was observed zipping down U.S. Highway 101 Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Raymond and South Bend.

Witnesses reported some of the flashy Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and other pricy models passing in dangerous circumstances and engaging in high-spirited shenanigans.

Several were pulled over by the Washington State Patrol, obviously unaware of the patrol's penchant for ticketing speeders from Seattle on their way to the beach. Others in the group apparently doubled back in an effort to avoid authorities.

Although "Smokey" interrupted the party, some of the tickets might be meaningless. At least a few of the cars were from British Columbia. Any cars and drivers licensed in B.C. will likely get off scot-free, as Washington lacks a reciprocal citation-enforcement agreement with the Canadian province to our north.

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