Local trucking “icon” from Poonindie Haydn Horne has been inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.
Mr Horne was awarded in Alice Springs last month after driving trucks and providing his services in and out of Eyre Peninsula’s roads for almost 60 years.
While Mr Horne retired in 2010, he said it “felt good” to be recognised.
“I’m quite proud to be tangled up in the show up there at Alice Springs,” he said.
His trucking career began in 1962 and saw him help build and maintain local roads.
He carted groceries and fresh fish, and also looked after the region’s farmers at harvest time carting grain with the help of his wife Valda Horne.
Mr Horne’s daughter Tenelle Shepperd said he was one of the first people to ever drive a long vehicle on Eyre Peninsula.
“This man is an icon of the industry and to be nationally recognised for his service is an outstanding achievement,” Mrs Shepperd said.
Mr Horne was responsible for transporting some of Port Lincoln’s tuna to Albany, Western Australia, and said many people did not believe what he was carting when inspected on the trip.
“We used to cart it in open trailers, put a layer of tuna, a layer of ice, another layer of tuna and another layer of ice with the tarp on top,” he said.
At one particular check point an inspector did not believe he was carrying fish and called the police, only for Mr Horne to pull up a section of the tarp and prove it.
Mr Horne was also one of the first drivers to join Eddie Dennis who established Dennis Transport in 1962.