A truly scrumptious birthday present
A three-year-old girl has been given the birthday present of her dreams - a miniature Chitty Chitty Bang Bang built by her grandparents.Nick Pointing spent hundreds of hours creating the magical car, which includes fold-out wings, with the help of wife Carolyn for little Indiva Tasker.
It's based on the world-famous vehicle driven by Dick Van Dyke in the blockbuster movie of 1968.
Mr and Mrs Pointing built a full-sized Chitty - using an old Land Rover chassis - which they drove to Australia, raising over £10,000 for various charities, in 2007.
Mr Pointing said: "Indiya loves the film and thinks we have the real movie car in our garage!
"So I decided the best birthday present we could give her would be a scaled-down version, that she could safely drive herself."
The mini-Chitty took two years to build at the Pointing's home on the Isle of Wight.
Mr Pointing added: "The car is 11ft long and built on a ride-on lawn mower chassis, with wings fitted where the cutting blades used to be.
"The boat-shaped rear is made from hardwood boat-building timber, with the bonnet cut from sheet aluminium."
"Brass and red leather came from an auto jumble and other parts were adapted from anything I could find as in the spirit of the film."