Meet the World’s Most Obsessive Honda Collector (We Hope)
The honorable Judge John Hodgman once said that there is a thin line between a collector and a hoarder, and that line is a display case.
By that logic, my closet full of unopened baseball bobbleheads marks me as a “hoarder,” while this guy’s garage full of (very well-organized and prominently displayed) Honda memorabilia, models, and vintage products defines him as a “collector.” But once you see just how compulsively complete his collection is, you may start to wonder if he’s really the sane one here…
Take a look:
Honda employee and superfan Lance says that his magnificent obsession began with the original NSX. No doubt a lot of people fell in love with that car… but how many of them were inspired by it to buy old Honda power generators, Honda socks, and even an S2000 beach towel? We’re guessing you could count the number on one finger.
Lance’s prized possession is his original brochure for the 1949 Honda Dream (also known as the Model D), Honda’s very first motorcycle.
This profile of one man’s intense collection is the first in a new video series entitled “Honda Kokoro.” The word “kokoro” is Japanese for “heart,” and the video series promises to celebrate “the heritage, culture, people and products that make Honda uniquely Honda.” It will be interesting to see who or what the series documents next.
Lance’s collection may be hard to fathom for some people (his wife included), but you know what they say—the kokoro wants what the kokoro wants.
Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.