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The best of AMT 2013 part 1 sent you, as well as us, tootling down Memory Lane. Tom in Glasgow writes:

Deep in the Answer Me This annals of your previous season, you talked about the method Billy Kennedy’s dad employed to present him with his car on his 17th birthday in Neighbours.* Olly then launched into a sob story about how disappointed he was when his father failed to hatch an elaborate unveiling ceremony for his shiny secondhand car.

This reminded me of how my family gifted me my first car on my 17th birthday. As has become the family tradition, my grandfather and uncle came from Oldham and London respectively to the little Oxfordshire village where I used to live with my dear mother and stepfather to celebrate my birthday in the local drinking establishment.

Little did I know, that around the time of my 17th birthday, my grandfather had decided to call it quits as far as his driving career was concerned, and therefore his car was on the market.

During the meal, when it came to opening cards from family and friends, there were two small boxes from my parents. I was to open the smaller one first. Inside, I found a little toy – a silver Japanese car. Puzzled, I unwrapped the second to find an old box of Hovis flour for home baking. Inside this box…was a car key! Either I had had too much to drink, or the plan was slightly convoluted, but I think what I was supposed to do was to combine the little Japanese car with the self-raising Hovis flour to bake one big, fully-functioning automobile.

Five years on the Micra and I are doing well, and have been on many exciting adventures.

Any of the rest of you got good gift-misdirection stories? Present them to us in the comments.

*Originally in AMT250, if you want to catch up on the whole delightful tale.

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