DAVID Wright can remember his very first day at Deighton Motors, almost half a century ago.
"I was about 16 and was working on an old Bedford truck," Mr Wright said.
After 49 years beneath the bonnet covered in grease, Mr Wright is ready to hang up his tools and slip comfortably into retirement.
He said it was the love of his job and the people he worked for that kept him there all those years.
"I've got family here and I had a good job and was always well looked-after here so I stayed," Mr Wright said.
But the bells and whistles of Holdens have changed dramatically since 1963 and Mr Wright said he'd enjoyed watching the transition over his mechanical career.
"It's all electronics these days," he said.
Mr Wright will have his final shift with Deighton Motors at the end of this month and while he hasn't yet pondered what adventure he would embark on next, he was excited at the prospect.
"It will feel a bit strange for a while," he said.
"I haven't really thought about it but we've got a caravan so might do that."
Colleague Tony Locke said he would be sad to see Mr Wright go, but had enjoyed working with him over the past 25 years.
"I'll have no one to pick on now," he joked.