On Saturday, I came to the shop around 11 to work on the S2000 seats that I'm swapping into my Insight. My roommate told me to check my email and see the car he was thinking about buying. This was what I saw... Unlike the VW replicas and kit cars, the Beck Speedster is built from scratch using a tube frame and a Speedster chassis. The car's powered by a hopped-up 1600cc VW flat-4 that makes around 130 HP (more than the real one). That might not sound like a lot but the car only weighs something like 1500 lbs, so it's really really fun. He said he was going to fly down and buy it tomorrow (Sunday) in south LA, and I said, "Cool, I'll come if you want." Keep in mind it's about 400 miles away. However, just 4 hours later we were crossing TSA airport security to fly down to Orange County for the journey. After a short 1 hour flight, we had to walk to a hotel to meet the seller of the car. Side note - This airport is the least pedestrian-friendly complex ever built by man. We walked a mile around trying to find a way to cross the highway that didn't involve jumping off a 20 foot ledge until we ended up circling blocks around on non-sidewalked / heavily trafficked roads. We waited at the hotel for about 40 minutes, then the car showed up. First impressions... DAMN this thing is hot. It sounded really good. VW motors can either sound really bad or really good and thankfully this was the latter. It was gorgeous. People constantly came over and asked about it or commented on it, just in the few minutes we were at the Chevron. After figuring out the paperwork, we were on our way. The car just hummed along happily but made some really evil / beautiful tones at full throttle. The first time my roommate jumped on the car was slightly around a corner and I just giggled with happiness. Go-Kart Fun. !!! BEGIN CRAPPY QUALITY iPHONE PICS!!!! It was about 8 PM when we left from LA (we had dinner at some awesome place called Veggie Grill nearby). So.. early December, no roof or windows, and at night. Oh, this Speedster has a heater, but the fan was disconnected and the heat only vents through the driver's side. It was about 55 degrees when we left LA, drove about 90 minutes, then we stopped at Santa Clarita for the night, right near Six Flags. We put the windows in (you have to attach them from above into the doors) and the top up while we parked it for the night. It was such a little car that barely filled the parking spot. <3 It was a bit warmer in the morning because of this, so of course the top went down as we blasted north up the Grapevine on I5. There's nothing quite like roofless driving on a nice day... talk about euphoria!