|Born||Courtney Jane Hansen
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Hansen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Gerald John "Jerry" and Constance Dunlop (Walker) Hansen. Her father is a winner of 27 SCCA national racing championships. Her family owned Brainerd Raceway and she grew up in Orono, Minnesota and spent lots of time around the pits and garages at racing tracks. As a result, she is an automobile enthusiast, and much of her work to date has revolved around automobiles.
After graduating with a degree in marketing from Florida State University, she undertook a corporate job in marketing. After leaving the corporate world, Hansen hosted the Jack Nicklaus pilot Killer Golf and segments on the Travel Channel, worked as a fashion and fitness model, and was on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine', Muscle & Fitness. and other major magazines.
Hansen's first major TV role was co-host of the hit car makeover series Overhaulin'. She went on to host Spike TV's Powerblock, which was composed of four half-hour automotive shows, for eight seasons. She hosted a special for Spike TV called Great Builds., was host of the travel adventure series "Destination Wild" for Fox Sports Net, which won a Telly Award. In the past she hosted for TLC's automotive-themed shows Rides, and Million Dollar Motors. Hansen has been a spokes-model for Matco Tools, Dodge, and Rolls-Royce. Her participation in Overhaulin' was far from superficial; she helped with the disassembling and assembly of cars for the show.
Additionally, Hansen wrote a column for FHM, and has written a nationally syndicated automotive newspaper column titled "Courtney Hansen: Full Throttle" since 2005. She is the published author of The Garage Girl's Guide To Everything You Need To Know About Your Car (ISBN 1581825196), a book offering women and first time car buyers advice on how to care for their cars.
Hansen hosted Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage for Discovery Channel’s Velocity network. The show was named after Vinsetta Garage, a century-old Detroit landmark that Autoweek Magazine saved from demolition. The garage serviced everything from carriages to Ford Model Ts to Chevrolet Corvettes.
- Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2004.
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- "Bio Official Courtney Hansen Website". Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "Patrick Talent Agency". Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- Courtney Hansen Career, retrieved 2013-03-03