Whether or not you think that Ice Road Truckers is a true “reality show” or not, we can agree on one thing: the show has certainly changed the way we think about truckers. The show has challenged this stereotypical view that people had about folks who drive trucks for a living, showing them (for the most part) as smart, motivated people instead of dodgy, sometimes even creepy characters.
While they may be a little rough around the edges, we’ve grown to love the cast of Ice Road Truckers. But behind the scenes, there may be much more to them than what gets featured on the show. Some have bad-mouthed IRT after leaving the show, saying that the series is scripted, others had run-ins with the law, and some have sadly even passed away.
Ice Road Truckers began in 2007 and is now in its eleventh season. The show was created for the History Channel by Thom Beers; a man who can’t seem to miss when it comes to reality shows. He is also the brains behind Deadliest Catch and Ax Men and has produced more than 40 TV series since the mid-1990s.
Here are a few things you may not know about the cast of Ice Road Truckers…
15 Hugh "Polar Bear" Rowland Sued The Show
14 Rick Yemm Says IRT Painted Him As The Bad Guy
13 Why Steph Custance Decided To Become An Ice Road Trucker
12 Ronald "Porkchop" Mangum’s Driving Skills Got Him Fired
11 How Hugh Rowland Got His Nickname
On Ice Road Truckers, most people got to know Hugh Rowland by his nickname; Polar Bear. But how did he get this nickname? Did he get into a tussle with a polar bear at one stage during his journeys, perhaps? That would be quite a story, but sadly that’s not the case at all. It seems that back in the 80s, a few of Hugh’s friends saw the words branded on a truck and decided that it fit his personality perfectly. He obviously didn’t mind and the nickname stuck. According to Hugh, he likes to think that the name “Polar Bear” refers to his bear-like stamina and attitude towards the dangerous ice roads and the high number of loads he always manages to deliver. Whatever the reason we agree that this name suits him down to the ground.