Son Surprises Mum With Car She Sold 12 Years To Help Him With Career

A mum who sold her car 12 years ago to help her son fulfil his career dreams was left gob smacked when her LAD went out and bought her the same car as a way of saying thank you.


Mum Lynette Rothero, 63, flogged her soft-top Ford StreetKa back in 2004 to buy her son Ross Rothero-Bourge, 30, a van so he could kick-start his music career.

Ross was having to travel to gigs up and down the country in his battered Renault Megane and when Lynette saw him struggling to lug his drum kit behind the car in a trailer, she didn't think twice about selling the car. Cute that, isn't it?

Unbeknownst to Lynette, our man Ross had secretly vowed to replace the car one day and, true to his promise, he picked up the exact same model, from the same year and even in the same colour just as his mum's current car had failed its MOT.

Ross filmed the adorable moment he handed over the car to his mum and shared it on Facebook, where it's since gone viral.

Sound-engineer Ross said: "Lots of people have been saying what I've done is amazing, but it's nothing compared to what my mum's done for me over the years."

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Speaking about starting out gigging as a drummer using his old Renault, he said: "I couldn't reverse it, it was knackering the car and was probably illegal. I was driving it all over the country for gigs and getting myself in all sorts of trouble.

"I was in desperate need of a van. Mum was worried sick I'd end up having an accident.

"She part exchanged her car, which she'd only just bought and was the only one she'd ever owned from new, to get me a van so I'd be safer.

"Mum bought it in 2004. I'm not sure how long she had it but it was only for a year or two. She was still paying payments on it.

"She cried when she part-exed it and it absolutely ruined me.

"She had to share a car with my grandad after that. I always swore that when I could afford it, I'd make it up to my mum."

So, now he's settled in his career, Ross set about finding an exact replacement for his doting mum and eventually found one on eBay.

Lynette is my new favourite person ever. Credit: SWNS
Lynette is my new favourite person ever. Credit: SWNS

Lynette said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I never thought I'd see my StreetKa again in a million years. I have the best son in the whole wide world."

Ah, these two are going to make me cry. Enjoy your car, Lynette.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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