CONSIDERED a master of his trade, most would agree it was only a matter of time before Bob Stocks was inducted into the Road Transport Hall of Fame.
A long-time truckie, Bob was thrilled to be put on the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame in Alice Springs last month.
The award represented a chance for Bob to look back on a long career in the industry he loves.
"I just enjoy being on the road," he told the Herald. "I love the companionship and mateship.
"And I've seen a fair bit of country over my days."
The humble Naracoorte man has had an affinity with trucks since his youth, a passion he shared with his older brother Bill from their younger years in Ararat, Victoria.
"Me and my brother when we were kids we used to go up the side of the road and watch them," he recalled.
He said they particularly liked the Old Commer Knockers.
When Bob was 18 his brother got him a job loading trucks for Mayne Nickless. He worked on a forklift for Brambles over the next five years.
By then Bob's passion for trucks had grown and grown, and after working for a number of other companies he started driving interstate from his base in country Victoria, doing runs to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne for Richardson transport and later Singleton Transport. Bob then started working for Strates Haulage, driving Melbourne to Perth express.
He recalls his one major accident, 34 years ago, happened while driving for Strates.
"I smashed one up," Bob said. "Rolled over coming out of Melbourne - that was a week before my lovely last daughter's birthday.
"I had a two-month break then I was back on the road again."
It was after this incident that Bob moved to the SE to cart livestock, first at Kingston and then his home of the last 32 years - Naracoorte.
He carted livestock for 16 years for Ray Scott, Jim Young and then Peach's Transport.
In 1998 it was time for a change and he switched to driving tankers for Robin Gericke at Gericke Bulk Handling.
"He's been reliable," Mr Gericke said of his faithful driver. "Well he hasn't wrecked anything, put it that way.
"A lot of people come to me and say 'you still got old Bob working for you? He used to work for me'."
Bob was nominated for the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame by his Melbourne-based niece, Cindy Stocks.
He joins his brother Bill - who was an inductee in 2012 - on the wall, as well as his good, late mate Brian Brewer from Naracoorte who was posthumously recognised last year.
He thanked Nigel Fosdike at Heards Menswear and the girls at Scissor Happy for doing him up before he went to Alice Springs for his induction.
Family came from all over to congratulate him on the recognition - when his other brother, Ron Stocks, was also inducted.
"It was great," Bob said. "It was like a big family reunion."
Now back home in Naracoorte, Bob hopes he can continue doing the thing he loves - driving trucks - for many years to come.