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A Promise Fulfilled: A ’57 Chevy on This Dad’s 57th Birthday

June 13, 2014
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A Promise Fulfilled: A ’57 Chevy on This Dad’s 57th Birthday
Roger King was in a for a shock When his son Mike bought him a '57 Chevy Bel Air (his favorite car) on his 57th birthday. WDRB
The touching story behind the viral video is even more heartwarming than the video itself.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, a touching new YouTube clip has surfaced on the internet that reminds us that there’s nothing more important than family.

When Mike King was 8-years-old, he made a promise to his dad, Roger, that he would buy him a ’57 Chevy Bel Air (his favorite car) on his 57th birthday.

Well, he definitely delivered. The Louisville, Kentucky man posted this video of his dad’s reaction when receiving the car.

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After the emotional response was shared, Mike wrote on Reddit that he worked 60 hours over six days a week to afford the classic ride. He bought the car two years ago — but has kept it hidden in his garage so his dad didn’t see it before his birthday.

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Mike also shared with WDRB News a little more about why he never gave up on his promise. Apparently, his biological father abandoned him and his mom at a very young age. A few years after this, Mike’s mother remarried.

Mike also wrote on Reddit, “My dad has been everything to me, he is not my biological father but he IS my father. But this man in this video, my DAD my FATHER, was the best thing that ever happened to me and my mom and I hope I can be a fraction of the man that he is.”

But as the proud father told the local news station, “It’s really a no-brainer, you know. You love your kids — all your kids — no matter what the same.”

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Looks like Roger raised himself a fine young man. As he said to WDRB, his son’s gesture “meant the world” to him, but added, “It’s not about the car. It’s about your son growing into being a man and doing the right things in life and carrying himself the proper way. That’s what’s most important. This is just icing on the cake.”

Like a gift that keeps giving, Mike is currently trying to raise money online for a paint job and other touch-ups on his dad’s new toy.

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