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Will Ontario’s Derek Martin be Named The World’s Toughest Trucker?

The World’s Toughest Trucker, a Discovery Channel spectacle, debuts in Canada on April 16th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. And it runs for eight episodes. By the eighth, the competition will be down to a handful of competitors. (One writer said the program is like “Ice Road Truckers meets Survivor.”) doesn't know whether Martin emerges champion or not and he’s not saying. All we know is that he visited all three continents, which means if he was eliminated, it wasn’t during the early stages. You’ll have to watch the show to find out how he fared. (Editor’s note: The original story was brought to our attention by a member of Martin’s family. Does that mean she was bragging about a victory? The suspense builds...)

What we can tell you is Martin is one proud Canadian truck driver who only a year and a half ago never thought about traveling to the far reaches of the globe or camping in the Australian outback’s or hauling haystacks in the backwoods of Mongolia.

Then after backing his ’05 Pete 379 into a parking space at a Flying J outside Montreal last year, he was approached by a woman who wanted to know if he would audition to be in the “World’s Toughest Trucker” Competition.

She took his photo, asked for some references, and then a few months later contacted him again and asked for more information. He eventually won the audition over roughly 10,000 other Canadian truckers.

“The funny thing is they had no idea if we could even drive or not,” Martin said during a recent visit to our offices.

If you go to the Toughest Truckers website, you’ll find him described thusly: “A confident friendly guy with a passion for trucks, and a serious habit of keeping his cab in immaculate condition. He comes from a trucking family and just married a fellow trucker.”
That fellow trucker is his wife Jennifer Martin, who also drives for the same company.

The site will also tell you details about the contest: “From transporting cattle through the desolate, sun baked roads of the Australian Outback to carrying fragile loads through the icy, treacherous Indian Himalayas, eight of the world's most experienced truck drivers go head to head in some of the harshest environments on earth.”

What it won’t tell you is that the eight guys on the “World’s Toughest Truckers” are really trying to win. It’s not scripted.

“So there’s real tension on the show; the competition is real,” Martin, 36, says.

Martin, a father of four with 16 safe and proud years of trucking under his belt, is quick to credit his employer Drew Krueger for giving him support during the filming.

“He’s been fabulous with all this, and I couldn’t have done it without him.”

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