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David Patterson

Midlothian, Virginia

My name's David. I like filmmaking and cars. One Smile per gallon at a time.


David Patterson (or 'ThatDudeInBlue') is a full-time automotive YouTuber, whose approachable, down-to-earth enthusiasm, authentic voice, and genuine excitement displayed throughout his vlogs and car reviews consistently capture the attention of subscribers that 'ride along' with him on his next adventure. Before spending his days tearing up tracks, weighing in on the latest modifications, attending auto shows, and recording the handle of some of the most eye-catching custom rides, David once held onto Hollywood aspirations. However, after swapping film school theory classes for a YouTube account and windshield-mounted camera, ThatDudeInBlue has since proven that you can make a decent living by sharing your personal opinion on topics you love – no matter how distinct or bizarre the subject.

Although David started making videos around the age of 16, his funny edits and special effects did not involve car-related material. It wasn't until years later that motivation from his peers and early Matt Farah Garage419 YouTube reviews pushed David towards the online automotive video world. As a result, he ordered a suction cup from Amazon; installed his T3i Canon in front of him; and created a car review centered on a 2006 Mustang that one month later racked up 30,000 views. By 2013, he was able to dedicate his attention full time towards his YouTube endeavors…and hasn't looked back since.

Unlike those in the industry with the luxury of having access to press cars, David relies on the trust and generosity of friends (and now an extended crew of cross-country auto lovers), who invite the high-spirited reviewer to climb behind their wheels for a test drive and to critique their labors of love. ThatDudeInBlue is known for not discriminating against potential cars he films, which range from muscle standouts and import beauties, to resurrected junkyard creations.

With this open-minded attitude, David reviews just about any auto he can get his hands on, from the smallest car he's possibly ever driven (the Japanese import, Honda Beat) to the fastest conquest on his channel, the twin turbo-equipped Shelby GT350. For now, the former Virginian-turned-Georgia transplant reviews 90% of vehicles featured on his channel locally, in an effort to save time and money. Fueled by a goal to 'bring people to a positive place' with his videos, David treats his subscribers as 'friends' going on a ride with him.

Since its inception in 2011, David's 'thatdudeinblue' YouTube channel has amassed over 700,000 subscribers and nearly 130 million views, with newly uploaded video content surfacing every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

David has relied on organic growth to build his channel, producing videos that amplify a passion for cars (whether for his own or others) with the intent to provide value to subscribers who he hopes emotionally connect with his content. While others in the game seem fixated on numbers (horsepower, overall costs and ad revenue), he is less concerned with those figures, and more focused on sharing with viewers whether or not a specific vehicle is 'fun' to drive.

However, out of all the cars that David has driven, the most excitement he's experienced has come from his 'baby,' a 2013 Ford Mustang GT 2dr Coupe dubbed 'the Smurrf,' which serves as the undeniable mascot for his YouTube channel. Representing his favorite color and equipped with 632 HP, a P1SC Pro Charger Supercharger, stock internals, stock transmission, and stock clutch, ThatDudeInBlue says he isn't afraid to put miles on his ride (already driving it cross country twice). He considers the Smurrf a part of him, and plans on keeping it for the rest of his life – citing the car's sound and bang-for-your-buck appeal as ‘insane.'

Whether he's highlighting a 500HP single turbo RB26 inside a Z32 300ZX; showcasing the visual magnetism and thrill of driving a Campagna T-Rex; or sharing his experience at the Geneva Motor Show, David routinely updates and shares his insight/experiences across numerous social media accounts. He has also livestreams Q&A's on his YouTube channel and beyond, such as Car Throttle; produces tutorials; and makes guest appearances on podcasts, including the likes of The Smoking Tire and Super Speeders.

As someone who covers all of car culture, and by his own accounts, engages people 'in a hippy-like form,' ThatDudeInBlue has expressed that he'd like people to 'abandon their bias' and just 'get along.' This positive vibe is felt with his 'vlogitys' and in-person demeanor, as well as his line of merchandise, which promotes positive messages such as 'More Smiles per Gallon.' Available online and at auto shows, the sale of his T-shirts, decals, bandanas, and tech accessories helps fund David's videos and latest projects, which include the challenging transformation of his 1990 Nissan 240SXSE two-door hatchback (dubbed 'BlueJZ') into a street legal ride with newly built engine.

In the future, David's brand may include a dedicated website or the development of an app that assists local areas in creating car meets. The recent announcement of an upcoming video series illustrating his S13 Coupe drift car rebuild is highly anticipated. Until then, ThatDudeInBlue continues to churn out review videos made possible by anyone who is willing to put their keys in his hand, as well as keeping in mind his goal to one day harness the quality and innovation of his dream car, the Koenigsegg Agera R.

David Patterson 14 days ago

Oh the Scion FRS...or well...the Toyota GT86! Although so praised, I always felt like the bad guy with this car. I believed it was too damn slow. Here's why. Thanks for watching! 

David Patterson 16 days ago

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David Patterson 37 days ago

Check out my 240sx on Wheelwell! - https://wheelwell.com/david-patterson...Two years, a roller coaster of ups and downs, and one piece of junk Nissan 240sx brought back to life. This is my S13 2JZ thatdudeinblue 240sx that has had the adventure of a lifetime. I had been waiting for this day a long time for this in depth review, and couldn't wait to share it with you. Thank you all for the support. Build list below and stay awesome! Huge thanks to Chris and Andrew for helping me shoot this! 

David Patterson 42 days ago

Trucks are always a lot of fun. There's just something about them- especially Ron's crazy F150 King Ranch edition that looks like it wants to ruin EVERYBODY'S day. Thanks for watching! More below!

David Patterson 47 days ago

I don't do a lot of classic cars- but whenever I do I absolutely love it. This Ford Galaxie was about it when the owner decided to drive 14 hours for this video review! It drives insanely smooth, and it's a very forgotten car in the industry. Thanks for watching! 

David Patterson 49 days ago

For this in depth video review, we talk about rotary power! The Mazda FC Rx7 is a massive leap from the FB and is well deserved of the RX7 name. This race car by my friend James is no joke and handles incredible with it's like noise and great tire setup. Thanks for watching! 

David Patterson 51 days ago

For this video, we go more in depth about coilover suspension and also how to install them on a Bug eye Subaru WRX! This is definitely one of the best things to know if you are getting into cars, and a huge benefit to your handling and suspension. Thanks for watching!

David Patterson 54 days ago

On this in depth video review on thatdudeinblue we talk about- The Datsun 280z. The Nissan Skyline. What happens when they have a baby? This monster of a car. This Datsun 280z has a legendary story of family heritage and history, and has evolved into this beautiful piece of art that combines modern and old technology. This car will go down as one of the coolest I've driven. Thanks so much for watching!Check it out on Wheelwell here!

David Patterson 56 days ago

For this video review, we hop in this totally badass looking El Camino with a bunch of Camaro Z28 parts slapped on! The car feels like a race car, sounds like a race car, and handles like one. The El Camino is one interesting car. Thanks for watching!

David Patterson 63 days ago

SHE'S BACK! The famous and beautiful Evo X "Nessa" makes her return once again back at it again with over 800 HP! We had to do a Redux, due to the love for this car on the channel, and myself. This thing has one of the most violent accelerations I've experienced in awhile. When the boost kicks in, all hell breaks loose. Thanks for watching and stay awesome!Follow me on wheelwell for QNA questions! https://wheelwell.com/profile/559b251...

David Patterson 68 days ago

For this in depth video review, we hop in one of the sketchiest S14's I've ever driven. This thing has gone to hell and back- literally. It catches on fire, has a spray can job, an SR20 that is finicky, and not the best brakes. However, you can't fault Avery for the love of his car. Thanks for watching! 

David Patterson 70 days ago

For this in depth video review, we hop in one of the most unique builds I've ever driven. I've always wanted to drive a VR6 powered VW, and I finally jumped on it when I got the opportunity. It has an insane sound, and the acceleration is savage. Thanks for watching guys! 

David Patterson 72 days ago

For this in depth video review, we go over a really awesome project all done in the garage! We haven't done a turbo miata yet, and it was time. With artwork, interior, wheels, turbo, and everything you can think - of this car has been fully decked out. A lot of fun, and a car with a ton of personality. Thanks for watching!

David Patterson 75 days ago

Modified Audi SQ5 Review! - Can An SUV Be a Track Car?: 

David Patterson 77 days ago

For this in depth video review, we talk about pretty much the last man standing when it comes to rotary powered cars, the Mazda RX8. The Mazda RX8 is either a very loved car, or very hated car. It has a ton of character, and handles incredible. But is that enough? You tell me. Have an awesome day!

David Patterson 80 days ago

For this in depth video review we talk about the Holden...I mean Chevy SS! This is honestly a great car all the way around. It's very roomy, has MORE than enough power,good looking exterior, has a reliable LS power plant, and has magnetic ride. However, the poor thing struggled in sales and I think I know why. Thanks for watching! 

David Patterson 84 days ago

For this in depth review, we hop in one of my favoirite little hatches- the Fiesta ST! THis Stage 3 powered one is no slouch with incredible balance and handling, making the driving experience very smooth and serene. In comparison to the Focus ST this little guy could easily take it in the corners. Thanks for watching and more below! 

David Patterson 89 days ago

For this in depth video review, we hop in one of the most odd ball Audi cars ever created- the first gen Audi TT! Basically a VW Beetle on steroids, with this big turbo and built motor this car practically acts like a Mitsubishi Evo with even more torque. It skids side to side when accelerating even with the quattro system and it's bonkers! Thanks for watching and have a great day! More below! 

David Patterson 91 days ago

The Z32 Nissan 300zx is an awesome car. With it's twin turbo v6 setup, it was no slouch. However when you swap in one of Nissan's best motors- the RB26DETT and slap a giant turbo on it, it becomes an absolute monster. In this review, the smiles were too real. Thanks for watching and more below!

David Patterson 93 days ago

For this in depth video review, we return to the most viewed video review ever on this channel- the Terminator Cobra. The terminator cobra is an american car legend with it's 4.6L supercharged V8- only this time around we have an upgraded whipple supercharger! With it's snakeskin wrap and venomous license plate- this thing is incredible intimidating and a monster. Thanks for watching! 

David Patterson 96 days ago

For this in depth video review, I drive something truly incredible. The Shelby GT350 is one of the best American cars ever made with it's 8250RPM flat plane crank 5.2 Voodoo Engine. However, what happens when you add twin turbos to such an engine? Well nothing short of amazing results. With 850HP to the wheels, this car is no joke but is somehow still civilized. The guys at Injected Engineering really figured it out! Thanks for watching!

David Patterson 98 days ago

For this video review, we hop in Georgia Tech's Wrecked Racing Honda Isight. Build by what it looks to be a mad scientist, they took a Subaru SVX flat 6 engine and rear mounted it inside an innocent Honda Insight. This is by far the craziest car I've ever driven when it comes to concept alone. This is no B18 or K20 swap- it's on another level of scary. Thanks for watching!

David Patterson 100 days ago

For this in depth review, we hop in the 4 cylinder powered Camaro! The real question is, is it a better car than the Mustang ecoboost? I'm not so sure. Thanks for watching! 

David Patterson 118 days ago

For this video review we hop in SHAMU! This Harley Davidson truck is one of the most overlooked trucks ever produced. With the same motor as the Ford Lightning, it is essentially a four door version of the Lightning with minor differences.It's amazing to see the progress ford has made with the new Ford Raptor coming from this era!

David Patterson 119 days ago

The BMW 335i is an interesting car. For this review, we hop in the N54 inline six turbo powered BMW 335i four door! The last time we drove one of these it was a lemon, so it was great to do the car justice for this in depth look and review of now one of my favorite BMW's.

David Patterson 123 days ago

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