The next great sensation to sweep the nation involves "Speeders," the little cars you see driving down the railroad tracks all by themselves. You need to get one, and start your own "Speeder" club immediately. Not convinced? Here are five reasons why.

These little railroad maintenance vehicles, commonly referred to as "Speeders," are the coolest thing you've ever seen. Chances are, you have seen them before, driving up and down a railroad track near you.

A "Speeder" club consisting of about 30 owners gathered in Oregon last week for a ride up and down the Coos Bay Rail Link's tracks between Coos Bay and Coquille. Together, they made their way up and down the tracks over the course of a few days, occasionally stopping for a bathroom break and a chance to fuel up.

This isn't exactly NASCAR, the "Speeders" top out between 20 and 30 miles an hour. The controls are fairly simple: two gears, a clutch, throttle, headlights, windshield wipers, and a brake, powered by a two or four-stroke gasoline engines.

According to members of the club, acquiring a speeder is a fairly simple task. They are simply "property," and purchasing one is no more complex than buying a used lawn mower.

Are you ready to get one and start your own club? If you're still not convinced, here are five reasons why you should.

  • Speeders are relatively inexpensive
  • You won't die - these have a stop speed of about 30MPH
  • You'll have something no one else has, doing something no one else does
  • Riding a Speeder really is fun
  • The people who participate in this activity are extremely nice, and fun to hang around with

There you go, five reasons why you should start a speeder club today. Go out to you local railroad yard and see if they have any retired speeders hanging around. Gather some friends, and put a club together immediately.