GWD Motor Group autotechnician Daryl Scott is hanging up his overalls after 51 years in the business.
Mr Scott began in the motoring industry in 1969 and started his mechanic’s apprenticeship at H.J. Holden in 1970.
“Things have changed a lot over the 51 years,” he said.
When he first started with the company the H.J. Holden premises were located at the Traffers site in Hokonui Dr, he said.
“This was before the Holden company amalgamated with Russell and Co and became the GWD Motor Group.”
Not only had the premises changed but also the technical aspects of vehicles, he said.
“Starting out, vehicles were a little more basic but now electronics and technology have changed things. ”
Upon leaving Gore High School, he had no idea the motoring industry would become his lifelong career, Mr Scott said.
“I didn’t know this was what I wanted to do but I knew I wasn’t cut out for office work.”
He took engineering classes at school and was encouraged by his tutor to enter the field.
“He mentioned that I would do well in motoring, so I guess he helped me decide what to do.”
Aspects of the job he would miss included the camaraderie among his colleagues and the customers, he said.
“I’ve enjoyed working for the company straight out of high school right through to retirement.”
Despite the sadness he was ready to retire.
“I think my body is definitely telling me it is time.”
GWD Motor Group chief executive officer Glen Rutherford said Mr Scott would be sorely missed by staff members and clients alike.
“We have offered him a space if he ever gets bored of retirement and wants to come back.”
He had worked alongside Mr Scott for 27 years.
“To have a staff member do a length of service like what Darryl has done incredible feat and we wish him well for the future.”