Becoming The World's Toughest Trucker

April 30, 2012

As if trucker's don't have a challenging enough job, now there's a competition specifically designed to test their skills and fortitude in extremely difficult conditions. This show is said to combine the shows "Survivor" with "Ice Road Truckers" challenging competitors in ways even they hadn't dreamed of. Drivers in this new Discovery Channel spectacle will be tackling roads on three continents and is sure to become a fan favorite very quickly. As contestants dwindle only one will survive and will earn the title of the World's Toughest Trucker.

One Canadian contestant, Martin, was approached by a producer while he sat parked in his '05 Pete 379 at the Flying J outside Montreal. He finally decided to take on this one-of-a-kind test after considering the opportunity for 1-1/2 years. Despite preplanning, however, he never dreamed he would be tested to his limits everywhere from the backwoods of Mongolia to the outback of Australia.

Once he made up his mind, he auditioned against 10,000 other drivers from around the world, but even this ended up becoming a trial of patience and skill. According to Martin, the producers were just looking for people and didn't even know if any of them could drive. Martin stood out for many reasons, the least of which was his passion for trucks and the immaculate condition of his cab.

In the end, eight of the world's most experienced truckers have been selected to go head-to-head in some of the world's harshest environments and will be challenged on many levels. Treacherous, icy roads will be encountered in the Indian Himalayas while the Australian Outback offers desolate, sun-baked roads that are often not paved. Driving is only part of the competition, however, as various loads have to be safely hauled to specified destinations within a set amount of time.

The contest began April 16th in Cape York, Australia. This is one of the most remote regions on the continent and the challenge of hauling wild cattle to greener pastures will prove challenging to many of the drivers. The eight contestants will be paired for the first several runs after which they will compete individually. These tests are designed to test skill, mental strength, and the ability to keep a pace that is appropriate to the task.

The first team was eliminated at the end of day three after four huge prefabricated building were hauled 500 miles across the hostile desert in Australia to Kiwirrkurra, a remote Aborigine community. The remaining six then travelled to Brazil where they were given the assignment of hauling 11 half ton concrete pipes through 360 miles of jungle. Not only was the load fragile, but nearly impossible to secure.

This show will definitely demonstrate that truckers do much more than drive a big rig. It is an art form that few master to the level of those selected for the competition. Whether or not Martin, the Canadian contestant comes out on top is yet to be determined. However, this is definitely one show that will get the blood pumping in drivers that tune in regularly.

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