The Most Famous Truck Driver: Recognizing an Icon in the Industry

Choose the driver you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Dec 7, 2023 11:36)
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinion matters! Get ready to put the pedal to the metal as we rank the most famous truck drivers to ever hit the open road. From legendary big-riggers to TV and movie icons, these driving heroes have fueled our fascination with the trucking industry. So, buckle up and join us in our quest to determine the ultimate king or queen of the highway. Cast your vote now for your favorite trucker or suggest a missing option to add to our ever-growing list. Don't let this big rig showdown pass you by - gear up and make your voice heard in the ultimate truck driver ranking, only on StrawPoll!

Who Is the Most Famous Truck Driver?

  1. 1
    Burt Reynolds
    ABC Television · Public domain
    Known for his role as "The Bandit" in the film "Smokey and the Bandit," Reynolds became a symbol of truck driving in pop culture during the 1970s.
    Burt Reynolds in other rankings
  2. 2
    Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    Sarah Stierch · CC BY 4.0
    A former NASCAR driver, Earnhardt Jr. also had a successful career in the truck racing circuit.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. in other rankings
  3. 3
    The cast of this popular reality TV show has become famous for their daring exploits on some of the most treacherous roads in the world.
  4. 4
    As the host of the popular TV series "Dirty Jobs," Rowe has driven all kinds of trucks in order to showcase the hard-working people who keep our communities running.
    Mike Rowe in other rankings
  5. 5
    Chuck Norris
    Staff Sgt. Tony Foster · Public domain
    While not primarily known as a truck driver, Norris did star in the 1981 film "The Cannonball Run," which featured a cross-country truck race.
    Chuck Norris in other rankings
  6. 6
    The founder of the popular British trucking company that bears his name, Stobart became a legend in the industry for his innovative business practices and dedication to customer service.
  7. 7
    Another cast member of "Ice Road Truckers," Kelly has become famous for her ability to handle some of the toughest driving conditions on the planet.
    Lisa Kelly in other rankings
  8. 8
    As the host of the long-running radio program "The Dave Nemo Show," Nemo has become a beloved figure in the trucking community for his insightful commentary and engaging interviews.
  9. 9

    Willie Nelson

    Willie Nelson
    Known primarily as a country music icon, Nelson has also written and recorded several truck driving songs, including the classic "On the Road Again."
    The Willie Nelson version of 'Hallelujah' is a renowned rendition of the iconic song originally written by Leonard Cohen. Willie Nelson, a legendary American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist, gave his unique interpretation of this timeless classic.
    • Year of Release: 1984
    • Genre: Country
    • Album: Various Artists - 'Various Positions' (Leonard Cohen tribute album)
    • Length: 4:59
    • Chart Performance: The song did not receive significant chart success but became a fan-favorite and a classic within Willie Nelson's discography.
    Willie Nelson in other rankings
  10. 10
    While not a truck driver himself, Marley's hit song "Concrete Jungle" has become an anthem for truckers around the world who brave the urban landscape to deliver goods to their destinations.
    Bob Marley in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous truck driver

  1. Achievements
    Look at the driver's notable accomplishments, such as winning prestigious truck driving competitions or receiving industry recognition and awards.
  2. Experience
    Consider the number of years the driver has been in the industry and their reputation within it. It's important to recognize drivers with extensive experience and a proven track record of safe and efficient driving.
  3. Influence
    Evaluate the impact the driver has had on the trucking industry or their community. This could include contributions towards improving road safety, promoting truck driver awareness, or advocating for industry-related causes.
  4. Public Image
    Take into account the driver's public presence and media visibility. This includes factors like participating in interviews, appearing on television or in documentaries, or having a notable online presence.
  5. Popularity
    Assess the driver's level of fan following, social media presence, or public recognition. This can indicate how well-known the driver is among the general public or within the trucking community.
  6. Record-breaking feats
    Consider any extraordinary achievements by the driver, such as breaking distance or endurance records, completing challenging routes, or handling difficult logistics.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous truck driver. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or driver is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 200 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each driver once every 24 hours. The rank of each driver is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous truck driver

Truck driving is a profession that has gained immense popularity and respect over the years. With an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States alone, it's no wonder that many have become household names. From those who have competed in truck driving championships to those who have been featured in popular TV shows and movies, there are plenty of famous truck drivers to choose from. But who is the most famous of them all? Let's take a closer look at some of the contenders and see if we can find the answer!

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