This man has a serious need for “Speed.”
Ryan Beitz, of Pullman, Wash., is trying to collect every single copy of the movie “Speed” ever made on VHS.
He’s calling his efforts “The World Speed Project,” and already owns more than 550 copies of the 1994 movie starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock trying to save a bus from exploding.
Beitz bought the first few copies in a pawn shop as prank Christmas gifts, and now, just like the bus in the movie, can’t stop.
“I realized it was really fascinating to have that many, like, same copies of a thing,” Beitz told Vice.com of his unusual endeavor. “What really cemented it was when I went to another pawn shop, and they had, like, 30 copies. I said, ‘I’ll take them all.’ They sold them to me for 11 cents a copy.”
Now he’s even running a Kickstarter campaign to fix up his 15-passenger van to look just like the bus in the movie so he can tour the collection around the nation in super “Speed”-style.
“I think ‘The World Speed Project’ is awesome in the truest sense of the word,” Beitz explained. “It’s larger than life. Imagine all of them in one place! It’s uncompromising.”
To donate to his VHS-seeking efforts, send copies of “Speed” you come across to:
Chairman Ryan Beitz
The World Speed Project
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