Leconfield man Bob Rhodes may be battling the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis but that won't stop his quest to pay homage to the Hunter's long time truck industry.
A former truck driver, Mr Rhodes and his mate Ian Sneddon are organising a truck rally/reunion for August to let the region know that trucking is alive and well in the Hunter and is an integral part of keeping this valley moving.
"We want to get all the local truckies (old and young) and partners together for a bit of a catch up, to reminise, share stories and some old photos and get the message out there that the industry is still alive and well." Mr Rhodes said.
"I don't think many people appreciate just how important this industry is to our region and how it keeps the Hunter Valley moving."
Mr Rhodes said a similar rally was held in the Hunter about two years ago and attracted about 80 drivers.
"We're looking forward to seeing some of the old timers like drivers from Marheine's, Martins and Haxton Haulage as well as some of the newer operators," Mr Rhodes said.
The event will be held at Miller Park, Branxton on August 12 starting at 2pm.
"Hopefully we can form a committee on the day and make this an annual event," Mr Rhodes said.
"We want to see a roll up of old and new trucks, old pictures. There will be a lot of interest in this.
"Truck driving remains a big industry in the Hunter and is just as strong as what it was many years ago.
"Rail can only transport products so far, trucks can reach many remote locations that trains just can't access.
"Everyone whinges about trucks on the road but if they stop, this nation stops."
Passionate about promoting the industry Mr Rhodes said his medical condition is no barrier.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 18 years ago, Mr Rhodes is now walking with the aid of a walking frame.
"I'm not going to let this get the better of me.
"I'm keeping motivated, helping organise the rally, I'm president of Branxton Lions Club and I just want to keep on pushing through.
"The good thing is I can still enjoy the occasional Wild Turkey," Mr Rhodes said.