Kelvin Davies wasn't quite limber enough to climb into the grader he used to drive but his memories were lively when he visited his old workplace AP Delaney & Co.
Daughters Vicki Lampe and Debbie Reid organised the surprise trip down memory lane for their dad who worked for the civil engineering and earth-moving firm for 50 years.
Mr Davies drove a grader for most of his life and helped pave the way for Albury-Wodonga's expansive road network during its development heyday.
Russell and John Delaney very kindly opened the workshop at the weekend for the former employee, who celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday.
"Dad loved it - Russell and John showed him the new graders and equipment, and also the old grader he used to drive," Ms Reid said.
"They talked about the places they used to work and gave Dad some old photos they had of him working there in the '80s."
The Delaneys had even gone to the trouble of organising a set of steps for Mr Davies to climb up into the cabin of the grader he used to drive but he wasn't quite up to it on the day.
"It was just a great experience because Dad always talks about his time working there," Ms Reid said.
"Russell and John agreed to do it straight away, which was just such a lovely gesture on a Sunday morning."
Mr Davies capped off his day with a fabulous cake decorated with, yes you guessed it, a grader on top.