Television Host, Executive Producer
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Residence: Naples, Florida
Courtney Hansen, The Leading Lady of Automotive TV, listens carefully to what her devoted fanbase says they would like to see from her. She recently created and is thrilled to be working as Executive Producer of an auto-themed TV show called “Ride Rescue” which she will host alongside world renowned car designer Troy Ladd, who just swept the 2017 awards season for automotive design. Courtney first attained popularity and a devoted worldwide following as the spunky, lovable co-host of TLC’s hit car-makeover show “Overhaulin’” where she also got her hands dirty helping teams led by auto design legend Chip Foose transform a viewer’s scrappy ride into an ultimate show car in just one week. The show garnered a devoted worldwide following that remains strong to this day. During her time on Overhaulin’ Courtney also co-hosted the specials “Rides: Biggest Spenders” and “Million Dollar Motors” for TLC.
After several seasons of Overhaulin’ Hansen went on to host 10 seasons of Powerblock/ PowerNation for Spike TV, and in later years for NBC Sports and CBS Sports, a two-hour block of 4 popular automotive shows. Each week she showed off million-dollar rides, rare classics and tricked vehicles and brought her enthusiasm and knowledge to interviews with famous collectors, race car drivers and celebrity guests like Jay Leno, UFC founder Dana White and actor Dax Shepard.
Hansen has worked with NASCAR, interviewing top Cup drivers, reporting from the track and pits and discussing the latest in automotive technology. She brought her knowledge and passion for cars to the role as host of the Velocity Channel series, “Vinsetta Garage”, interviewing celebrities and immersing herself in car culture throughout the US. She hosted “Total Outdoorsman Challenge” for Versus Network, was a key player in Spike TV’s live award show “Auto Rox ”, and she hosted Spike TV’s special, “Great Builds”. Courtney hosted the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Auction’s pre and post-auction shows for several years for Cox Communications. She frequently hosts satellite media tours for companies like Toyo Tires and Auto Trader. Her popularity and credibility have earned her the role of spokeswoman for major corporations like the Fortune 500 company 3M and Chevrolet. Courtney has appeared in numerous television commercials and has been interviewed about her knowledge and experience on many prime time shows, including The Tyra Banks Show and Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Hansen’s passion for automobiles may have made her a natural choice for shows like “Over- Haulin’” & NASCAR, but she’s certainly not just a car girl. An avid fashion devotee, Courtney was se- lected 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 in interviews with A-listers like Mila Kunis, Kit Harrington, Aaron Rogers and Malin Ackerman. Courtney’s athleticism, adventurous side and love for travel were showcased on the Silver Telly Award-winning travel/adventure series, “Destination Wild” for Fox Sports, in which Courtney traveled across the United States, fearlessly tackling adventure sports from Class-5 whitewater rafting and motorcycle rallies to rodeo events and Olympic bobsledding. She was also the natural fit for 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 an accomplished author: her book, The Garage Girls Guide to Everything You Need to Know About Your Car was published in 2005 and targets women and first time car owners. She also writes a bi-weekly syndicated newspaper column found throughout the US and Canada titled “Courtney Hansen: Full Throttle,” and formerly penned the “Garage Girl” column for FHM Magazine.
In 2005, Courtney was honored as the 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.
Courtney grew up a pit kid. Her family once owned Brainerd International Raceway, north of Hansen’s hometown of Orono, Minnesota. Her father, Jerry Hansen is the winningest-driver in SCCA history with an astounding 27 national titles.
Hansen 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, which she turned down to pursue her education. During high school she became a spokeswoman for a major car dealership in Southwest Florida, appearing in 22 of their TV commercials. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at Florida State University and went on to work for a short time as a marketing specialist for an investment firm before leaving the corporate world to pursue a career in entertainment.
Hansen brought her tenacious, mid-western work ethic to Los Angeles 18 years ago, a city she had never before visited, making a pact with herself to do at least one thing for her career each day, while never losing sight of her moral compass. Determined to make her own way, she waited tables in several restaurants simultaneously, worked as a corporate narrator and was a spokesperson for Rolls- Royce Motor Car, supporting herself and learning the business. Her hard work and determination land- ed her the hosting job on “Overhaulin’”, and she has been working consistently on TV ever since.
Hansen’s charitable endeavors will always be the most fulfilling part of her life. She sat on the board for the March of Dimes as well as the Painted Turtle Camp and now devotes time to the Progeria Research Foundation, Hot Rodders Children’s Charities, the LA Mission and other philanthropic causes.
After writing car columns for FHM Magazine and Celebrity Car Magazine in 2005 and 2006, I realized how much I loved writing about the industry I’m most passionate about. I was approached by Wheelbase Communications out of Canada in 2006 about the idea of writing a bi-weekly, syndicated column for major newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. I excitedly took on the project and have been writing for Wheelbase ever since. Check your local papers for my column “Courtney Hansen: Full Throttle”, in which I discuss all different automotive related topics. This photo with this awesome group of guys and a killer 1969 Road Runner was taken in Moncton, New Brunswick. This is the Wheelbase team!