The above quotation is not an advertisement for an automobile magazine; rather it is one of the highlights of the experimental results presented at a recent workshop in Kardamyli, Greece and in this Special Issue. This is the second Special Issue of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE devoted to the topic of plasma accelerators. The first one was over nine years ago!’ A brief comparison of these ‘T. C. Katsouleas, Ed., IEEE Tram Plasma Sci., vol. PS-15, pp. 85-255, 1987. two issues serves to summarize the tremendous progress in the field over this period.