Courtney Hansen Biography
Courtney Hansen is in her 8th season as vibrant & loveable host of Spike TV’s “Powerblock”, a two-hour block of 4 popular automotive shows. Each week, Courtney shows off million-dollar rides, rare classics and tricked vehicles, and brings her love and knowledge of everything automotive to interviews with celebrity collectors and enthusiasts like Jay Leno, UFC President Dana White, and Game of Thrones’ Dax Shepard, as well as automotive legends like Mario Andretti and Daryl Waltrip.
In addition to “Powerblock”, Courtney is also the current host for NASCAR.com, where she interviews top drivers and discusses the latest in automotive technology, and recently hosted the Velocity Channel series, “Vinsetta Garage”.
Courtney first attained popularity and a devoted worldwide following as the gorgeous, spunky co-host of TLC’s hit car-makeover show “Overhaulin’”, wherein each episode, she and automotive-design legend Chip Foose would transform a viewer’s scrappy ride into an ultimate show car in just one week. The show continues to air across the world on TLC & Discovery. Soon after she co-hosted two other TLC specials, “Rides: Biggest Spenders” and “Million Dollar Motors”. Hansen was a key player in Spike TV’s live award show “Auto Rox ” and hosted its TV special, “Great Builds”.
Hansen’s passion for automobiles may have made her a natural choice for shows like “Powerblock” and “Overhaulin’”, but she’s certainly not just a “car girl”: an avid fashion devotee, Courtney was selected to host the red carpet for SpikeTV’s “2012 Guy's Choice Awards”, where she brought her charm, humor and ability to put subjects at ease to interviews with A-listers like Mila Kunis, Kit Harrington, and Malin Ackerman. Courtney’s athleticism and adventurous side can be seen in the Silver Telly Award-winning travel/adventure series, “Destination Wild” on Fox Sports Net, in which Courtney travels across the United States, fearlessly tackling adventure sports from Class-5 whitewater rafting and motorcycle rallies to rodeo events and Olympic bobsledding, as well as Versus Network’s series of outdoor adventure specials “The Total Outdoorsman Challenge”. Courtney has also graced numerous magazine covers and was named one of FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World.”
In addition to her work in television, Courtney is also an accomplished author: her book, The Garage Girls Guide to Everything You Need to Know About Your Car, was published in 2007 and is targeted towards women and first time car owners. She also writes a bi-weekly syndicated newspaper column found throughout the USand Canada titled “Courtney Hansen: Full Throttle,” and formerly penned the “Garage Girl” column for FHM Magazine.
Hansen’s popularity and name-recognition have led to endorsement and spokesperson deals with a number of companies, including Endurance Warranty Services, 3M, Matco Tools and Auto Trader. And in 2005, Courtney was honored as the Los Angeles recipient of Ford’s “Life in Drive” Award. This prestigious award recognizes women who combine talent with that little something extra that allows them to break free from convention to live life with style and attitude.
The middle of three children, Courtney literally grew up on a race track: her father, Jerry Hansen, is heralded as the winningest-driver in SCCA history, with an astounding 27 national titles and once owned Minnesota’s Brainerd International Raceway near Hansen’s hometown of Orono, MN.
Courtney modeled and acted as a child and as a young teen, attended an international talent competition where she took home several awards and was offered a contract in NYC with one of the largest theatrical agencies. During high school she became a spokeswoman for Dodge Motors in Florida, appearing in 22 TV commercials. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at Florida StateUniversity and then went on to work for a short time as a marketing specialist before leaving the corporate world to pursue a career in entertainment.
Hansen brought her tenacious mid-western work ethic to Los Angeles, a city she had never before visited, making a pact with herself to do at least one thing for her career each day and to never lose sight of her moral compass. Determined to make her own way, she waited tables in several restaurants simultaneously to support herself while learning the business. She earned roles in a number of short and independent films and worked as a corporate narrator and as a spokesperson for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Her hard work and determination landed her the hosting job for “Overhaulin’” and she hasn’t stopped, since.