One little buy has received tons of swag from nearly every carmaker in the world after sending them a letter requesting a badge.
Patch Hurty is a lifelong car lover. His first words were of car names. When he was five years old, Patch found a Ford logo on the side of the road and has kept it as a prized trophy ever since.
His mother, Lindsay, picked up on Patch’s obsession and encouraged it. Ever since getting that Ford badge Patch has been itching to get his hands on every car’s brand. So to make his dream a reality, she helped Patch write a letter to all the major carmakers of the world.
Lindsay isn’t a car expert, so she might have also accidentally included a few car brands that no longer sell cars in North America, such as Saturn (defunct since 2010) and Suzuki (which stopped selling cars in the US in 2014). But from the companies that still exist, Patch got responses. Big time.
In his letter Patch just asked for a badge similar to the one he found on the side of the road when he was five. Instead, he got a ton of cool swag. Volvo sent him the requested badge but also included a grab bag of stuff, like stickers, keychain, and a frisbee. Jeep sent in a metal sign, hat, pin, and keychain.
Bentley went a step above and sent the whole center cap from a wheel. Lincoln even outdid that with an original pencil sketch of the current-gen Continental.
Toyota, Tesla, Bugatti, Honda, Nissan, and more, all sent in some sort of loot to make Patch’s dream come true. BMW wrote: "It's great that you enjoy watching Ultimate Driving Machines cruise past your house and we are happy to send you the enclosed shiny, new BMW emblem to add to your collection."
Of the carmakers that don’t sell in the US, Suzuki wrote back to say they still sell ATVs and motorcycles (and included brochures along with keyrings and stickers), while Isuzu had to explain they only sell commercial trucks now, but they still sent Patch a bunch of Hot-Wheels-sized versions of their vehicles.
In an interview with Popular Mechanics, Patch explained who he hopes to buy his first car from. "I still have a warm spot for Ford in my heart,” he said. “It was the first decal I ever found and it started this project. A project of love and cars."