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After purchasing it's very own bus in 2012, the World Speed Project now seeks to have it painted like the runaway bus in the film.
After purchasing it's very own bus in 2012, the World Speed Project now seeks to have it painted like the runaway bus in the film.
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It is the goal of The World Speed Project (WSP) to obtain every available VHS copy of the hit 1994 action/adventure film Speed, starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels, and Joe Morton. Currently, the collection is at over 500 copies (we haven't counted in awhile; it's boring).

To this end, the WSP purchased its very own bus in 2012 with the express purpose of converting our bus into a small scale replica of the bus in the film Speed. 

This bus will be used for a national tour wherein the WSP will display the collection at gallery showings, county fairs, diy punk basement shows, collector's conventions, and the like; as well as hunt for VHS copies hidden all over the U.S. and World.

Project 2525: The World Speed Project Bus Conversion, then, is the first phase in the overall project. Through Project 2525, we hope to raise the funds necessary to complete all the repairs and painting to convert our bus into a likeness of the bus from the film. Hence Project 2525, is a derivation of the bus number in the film.

The WSP's bus is a 1988 Dodge Ramvan B350 van converted to a bus. The van was originally used as a patient shuttle for a small outpatient clinic in Spokane, Washington. The van has seating for 14 passengers, as well as a genuine bus door that must be operated using a handle by the driver. In other words, it's a real bus.

Currently, the van needs a few minor repairs to prevent its overheating a la vapor lock. It is estimated that the $2,500 we're asking for will cover both the engine repair and the paint job. Any additional funds accrued will go solely toward upgrades on the van, as the $2,500 is bare minimum needed to repair the engine and paint the van alone. 

In addition to the engine repair and paint job, the van needs new tires, a new engine cover, holes in the floor sealed, various repairs to the body, and the windows tinted to protect the copies from sun damage during travel. Every donation goes toward things of this nature.

We at the World Speed Project are asking you to help us complete the first phase of our project. Remember: the funding deadline for this project is June 10th 2014; which, is the 20th anniversary of the release of the film.

 If you would like to connect personally with the project, here are number of ways to become involved:

1. "Like" The World Speed Project Facebook page Here.

2. Join The World Speed Project Facebook Group Here.

3. Visit The World Speed Project Blogspot Here.

4. Send us your VHS copies of the film! Address copies as follows:

Chairman Ryan Beitz
The World Speed Project
20204 SR 195
Pullman, WA 99163
U.S.A.

5. Send us an email at: theworldspeedproject@gmail.com

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    For $5, you'll receive a personalized “Thank You” note, written on official WSP letterhead and World Speed Project sticker.

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    For $20, You'll receive a personalized Thank You note, sticker, and an “I helped jump the bus!” poster!

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    For $50, you'll receive the Thank You note, the poster, and a signed portrait of the Chairman showcasing the collection!

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    For $100, you'll receive a thank you note, sticker, poster, the photo, and an official WSP “I helped jump the bus!” tee shirt in your designated size.

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    For $250, I'll send you all of the above and a Laser Disc copy of the film from my collection!

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    For $500, you'll receive all of the above and a snippet of the Chairman's hair to be used for cloning purposes.

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    For $1,000, you'll receive all of the above, PLUS! You can come stay at my house for “A Week in the life of the Chairman of the World Speed Project”; which, will be fully documented and turned into a mini documentary starring you!

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    For $2,500, The project will come to your town (anywhere in the lower 48 U.S. States) for a photo-shoot and viewing party with you and all of your friends!

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    For $5k, the project and its official film crew will come to your town (anywhere in the lower 48 U.S. States) for the above-mentioned viewing party and document the event as part of the official WSP Documentary (TBA).

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    For $10k, I'll let you ride along during the to-be-announced WSP U.S. Collection tour. Including an attempt to procure a photo with Mr. Reeves and the project.

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