If you didn’t check out Ice Road Truckers this weekend on The History Channel — we recommended it, remember? — you’re missing out on some classic automotive programming. True to the hype, these ice road big rig drivers deliver entertainment as well as a healthy dose of “glad I’m not that dude.”
Between the trucking company building the road and the drivers having no clue how to drive on it, the first episode reminded me of old-school Discovery Channel programming — you know, before all the stars got rich and stopped caring. Hell, ‘Truckers comes complete with the announcer from the now-defunct Monster Garage.
Wonder what I mean by “building the road?” Try this on for size: when the company sends out the first plow to start clearing the way, there’s a fair to middlin’ chance the poor sap driving will fall through the ice and die. They lose about one a year (for the last 24 years) and the only way they know it happened is that the guy just doesn’t arrive at the other end. Damn.
‘Truckers promises (and delivers) American Chopper drama with Deadliest Catch danger. Instead of watching Paul Sr. bust blood vessels over his offsprings’ escapades, you watch drivers fear for their lives because if their truck breaks down, the heat and vibration will sink it in minutes. These guys make those fisherman look like sissies.
Check it out — it’s on Sundays at 9 o’clock central on the History Channel.
Ice Road Truckers [History Channel]