BENDIGO resident Thomas Atherton has come a long way since he was booked for underage driving at 14.
It was clear he couldn’t keep away from the wheel and now his passion for the road has been rewarded.
He was inducted into the Shell Rimula National Road Transport Hall of Fame at the weekend, along with 100 other inductees who were recognised for their lifetime of service to the transport industry.
At 18 years old, Tom officially started driving trucks around Bendigo.
During his involvement with the road transport industry, Mr Atherton has owned several trucks, worked for many different companies and driven more than 10 million kilometres.
For the past 46 years, he and his wife Carmel have owned and run Golden Square business TJ Atherton Transport, and they have no plans to retire in the near future.
“I love the power of a big Cummins, the feel, the smell and everything else about it,” Mr Atherton said.
“My love for trucks is as strong today as it is when I began driving at 14.”
Mr Atherton was presented with the award at a ceremony in Alice Springs on Saturday.
Shell transport marketing manager Gavin Corcoran said it was a great honour to celebrate the achievements, moving stories and hardworking nature of the dedicated drivers and operators from the Australian transport sector.
“This is a particularly important relationship for Shell as it significantly supports the longevity of the road transport industry’s heritage in Australia,” he said.