Time to rev up our engine as The Experience That Received Away is arising on the Historical past channel.
Beautiful and automotively adept, Courtney Hansen is understood in auto circles as The Main Woman of Automotive TV.
Hansen, who’s the host and Government Producer of Historical past Channel’s latest auto-themed TV collection The Journey That Acquired Away premiering this weekend, hosts alongside world-renowned automotive designer Troy Ladd, who simply swept the 2017 awards season for automotive design.
From Historical past:
For each automotive lover there’s the one which obtained away. The one they grew up driving round in with their mother and father, the primary automotive they ever purchased or the dream journey they needed to promote once they fell on arduous occasions.
In every episode, Courtney and Troy discover these lacking items of private and household historical past. Typically occasions they’re additionally veritable items of American historical past.
The 2 get the car again to their rightful house owners who stated goodbye to them way back.
The twist? These house owners don’t know they’re about to satisfy their previous rides once more.
As soon as Courtney finds the unique automotive, they restore, restore and reimagine the automotive right into a “fantasy model of the dream automotive that received away.”
These usually are not simply trustworthy restorations. The automobiles are rehabbed to the proprietor’s imaginative and prescient. Examples being a ’64 Impala is become a “badass lowrider.” A 1920s Ford turns into a T-Bucket scorching rod.
Each transformation is supposed to be private to its proprietor. Courtney guarantees too that “they’ll be souped up with all the newest bells and whistles.”
Hansen achieved reputation and a faithful worldwide following because the co-host of TLC’s hit car-makeover present Overhaulin’ the place she additionally received her arms soiled serving to groups led by auto design legend Chip Foose.
Throughout her time on Overhaulin’ Courtney additionally co-hosted the specials Rides: Largest Spenders and Million Greenback Motors for TLC.After a number of seasons of Overhaulin’ Hansen, Courtney went on to host 10 seasons of Powerblock/ PowerNation for Spike TV.
Along with her TV work, she is an completed writer. Her e-book, The Storage Women Information to Every thing You Have to Know About Your Automotive, targets ladies and first-time automotive house owners. Courtney was honored because the recipient of Ford’s “Life in Drive” Award.
We spoke to her about this cool new Historical past collection:
Courtney and Troy Ladd from their new collection. Pic credit score: Historical past/C. Hansen Fb
Monsters and Critics: You had a very distinctive childhood. You grew up with a Dad who had no drawback getting you proper into the storage. Are you able to speak slightly bit about that?
Courtney Hansen: Yeah, my household owns Brainerd Worldwide Raceway in Minnesota and I grew up a pit child, going from racetrack to racetrack, hanging out within the garages and simply spending a variety of time with the mechanics, the builders, and my father.
And my Dad truly gained 27 nationwide championships in SCCA racing which is, by far, probably the most of another driver.
And so he was a badass, the most effective racers of all time. I spent an entire lot of time at tracks, however I feel additionally automobiles are in my blood. A love for every thing automotive runs via my veins.
M&C: It exhibits. What number of occasions in your life have individuals underestimated you since you’re so lovely and the way might this beautiful woman know something about engines?
Courtney Hansen: I used to be pleasantly stunned to seek out that, inside the automotive business and the automotive group, there’s little or no to zero chauvinism.
Perhaps with the primary couple episodes of Overhaulin’ individuals have been like “What the heck is occurring right here with this woman, who’s making an attempt to carry her personal with the lads?”
Perhaps they thought I used to be pretending to like automobiles, or pretending to have information about automobiles, they usually in a short time came upon my historical past and pedigree.
After which additionally I feel you would simply see that I’m enthusiastic about automobiles. I really like this business and I do know fairly a bit. I don’t fake to know all the things, I definitely don’t, and I’m studying every single day.
However I do have the information and that’s how I grew up.
So I feel in a short time there was that realization and other people have been so supportive and so sort to me and I actually discovered zero chauvinism in my business, and I like it.
And I’m so impressed by the opposite ladies on the market, and the lads, the lads encourage me, however the ladies do.
And I’m so glad that there are increasingly more ladies who’re caring about automobiles, watching the automotive exhibits, and dealing on automobiles and it actually makes me joyful to see the youthful era that’s protecting this ardour for the automotive business alive.
M&C: How did you professionally join with Troy Ladd?
Courtney Hansen: Troy Ladd and I have been acquaintances for a few years within the automotive business. I didn’t know him nicely, I knew clearly about him, however I didn’t know him nicely. I had accomplished a photograph shoot in his storage years prior.
I used to be doing a photograph shoot for a magazine two years in the past and I referred to as him to say, “Is it potential that I might use your storage as a result of your automobiles are so superb and I really like that area.”
So I stated, “Might I probably use your storage,” and he stated, “Oh my gosh, I’m in the midst of all these builds and I’ve to have them accomplished,” I feel it was for SEMA. He stated, “I’m simply slammed.” He stated, and we began chatting.
One other manufacturing firm had come to me nearly six months previous to that to ask me if I needed to view, they stated, “Are you able to fly to LA? We have now a TV venture for you.”
I flew to LA and I met with them they usually stated, “We might love you to be Troy Ladd’s associate on a collection that we’re going to do about his enterprise, A Hollywood Scorching Rod.”
I stated, “Oh, I’m extraordinarily flattered that you simply requested me to do that present, however I truly am working with my very own TV challenge and I can’t. I can’t do a aggressive collection. I’m honored and every little thing, however I simply can’t do it. I’ve to focus alone venture.”
Then six months later, once I’m speaking to Troy, I stated, “How’s that automotive present going and he stated, “Oh, you realize, I made a decision not to try this. I didn’t like the place the idea was going and I simply didn’t assume it was the proper match, so I opted out of that undertaking.”
So I stated, “I’m in search of a lead designer on this present and also you’d be an absolute dream. Would you have an interest?”
And he stated, “Heck, yeah, let’s speak about it,” after which he ended up approaching board, which we’re simply thrilled about and honored.
For my part, he’s the most effective on the earth. He swept the 2017 award season. So right here we’re.
M&C: That’s superior. What do you inform women and your personal daughter about careers in motorsports, and design and engineering?
What sort of intel do you give them about it in the event that they need to pursue careers, in any capability, whether or not it’s simply probably the most primary, engaged on an engine, to designing and constructing engines?
Courtney Hansen: Sure, I inform younger women and boys that you simply simply should shoot in your goals, and go the place you need to go, and don’t let anyone stand in your means. Simply plow down these doorways doing what you consider in and what you realize you’re meant to do.
You recognize, I might have given up many, many, many, many occasions alongside the best way, being in Hollywood could be very robust and making an attempt to make it on this business could be very robust.
It’s one in one million and so you must hold your head excessive and hold constructive or that you simply’re not ok, otherwise you’re not fairly sufficient, otherwise you don’t have the suitable search for that undertaking, or you possibly can’t do this, that’s unimaginable.
You simply should consider in your self and rise above it, and plow via it, and do what you need to do.
I actually consider you are able to do completely something in case you have the eagerness, and the spirit, and also you don’t let anybody stand in your method. I do know that I’m right here immediately as a result of I continued to consider in myself and plow down these doorways.
And even in current days, even up to now couple years once I was making an attempt to get this challenge completed, I used to be advised by one of many largest brokers in Hollywood that it will be unimaginable to do.
That males don’t need to watch ladies on TV, and that I can’t do what Richard Rawlings has accomplished as a result of, I wouldn’t perhaps use that identify, however I couldn’t do what the large guys on the market at my degree have executed as a result of I’m a lady. I can’t wait to show them mistaken.
M&C: I really like that. Hey, inform me about a few of the builds that we will look ahead to and the journey that received away, a number of the restorations and surprises?
Courtney Hansen: I’m not at liberty to speak about it as a result of the present hasn’t aired and there are surprises. There are surprises. There are quintessential American classics in Season 1, and we’re doing quite a lot of them. And we’re doing a truck, and an SUV, and we’re doing automobiles, they usually’re the quintessential American classics that all of us love.
M&C: Okay, this the enjoyable reality, fast reply spherical. You prepared?
Courtney Hansen: Sure.
M&C: Your favourite automotive [trade] present is …
Courtney Hansen: I’m going to need to say, as a result of I’m at it proper now, that my favourite automotive present’s Cruisin’ The Coast within the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
And actually, it’s one among my prime three of the yr. It in all probability is primary. I really like the truth that it spans 5 cities, or six, seven now, seven cities, 36 miles of territory within the Mississippi Gulf Coast which embrace Biloxi, Gulfport, Cross Christian, Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis, and Pascagoula.
It spans all of these. My favourite is Ocean Springs. I really like the timber, I’m a tree lover so to see all of the timber and all of the automobiles woven amongst them, it’s identical to a dream.
And the individuals are so good and the meals is scrumptious. The road of automobiles and vans is unsurpassed.
However I’ll say, I additionally actually love Again to the ’50s in Minnesota as a result of I’m a Minnesota woman and that present all the time makes me joyful to attend. There’s so many who I really like. Gosh, it’s actually exhausting to select a favourite.
M&C: Subsequent one … your favourite trendy construct or model of a automotive is?
Aston Martin DB9 – picture courtesy of Wikicommons/Wikipedia
Courtney Hansen: Trendy, late mannequin, I might say, often I’m going American, however I completely love the Aston Martin. I really like the DB9. I’ve one so I’m actually a fan of the Aston Martin DB9.
I additionally love actually love the Ford GT. I must say the Ford GT.
M&C: Your favourite older American basic automotive is …
Courtney Hansen: Nicely, I drive a 1957 Thunderbird, that’s my favourite cruiser and I’ll personal that automotive ceaselessly, and ever. I completely adore it, white on white with the porthole home windows.
However let’s go for the dream, my dream basic can be a ‘71 Hemi Cuda.
M&C: This has been an unimaginable yr for you. You simply received married, didn’t you?
Courtney Hansen: I acquired married in July in Italy. We acquired married in Taormina, Sicily. It was off-the-charts breathtaking spectacular, probably the most particular weekend of my life.
The Experience That Obtained Away airs on Saturday, January 12 at 10/9c on FYI and Sunday, January 13 at 10/9c (AM) on Historical past.