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You’re sitting down to find a show as a family. As always, you’re ready for the war to begin.

The golf tournament? Dad would be happy. Your sister’s vote goes to Project Runway, but no one else’s does. Game of Thrones? Your brother’s in.

A documentary? Boring. A sitcom? Not in the mood. Stand-up? It’s not funny. What are you supposed to watch that everybody likes?

So you’re flipping through the channels every five seconds and then you see it. A girl in a garage working on a freshly painted Chevy C10. What’s this?

You’re Watching The Ride That Got Away, executive produced and hosted by Courtey Hansen.

Don’t be fooled when you the see the cars on this show into thinking it’s all just about cars. This is not a car show.

Yes, the show has cars in it. Yes, you’ve got a garage and people building cars into amazing masterpieces. But the similarities between the Ride That Got Away and other shows stop there. You’ve found a 1962 Ferrari amongst some regular sedans that you see every day.

The concept for The Ride That Got Away is simple. Viewers submit their stories about a beloved car that their family had to let go. When they fell on hard times, had insurmountable medical bills, or just extremely unfortunate luck, the car was one of the things they sold to keep them afloat.

But they never forgot that car that they loved so much. So Hansen asked people to share their stories about that car with her.

She picks the stories. She finds the old cars. She restores them to their former glory. And she surprises a deserving person that never quite forgot their old, once in a lifetime car.

When you see the impact that giving someone their old car makes, you’ll know. This isn’t a show about vehicles. It’s a show about the stories that the vehicles tell.

There’s something for everyone. Sons will watch the show, and picture getting behind the wheel of their own car. Men will watch, and be reminded of how they’ve always wanted to teach their sons about how cars work. Driving lessons might even start that week.

Women won’t want to miss the people’s stories of family, loss, heartbreak, and triumph. Grandparents can look on and remember all the good times they had in their old cars. It’s storytime later.

And daughters will look at Courtney Hansen, hosting a show about cars, and feel inspired. Here’s a beautiful woman, going toe to toe with the guys in the garage. They’ll think, can I do that?

Yes, they can. Because amidst a sea of automotive shows hosted by men, with men in the garage working on the cars, and men driving the cars, Hansen’s show is finally paving the way for young women who want to get into “non-traditional” roles. Maybe it’s about time those roles start becoming traditional.

With that remote in your hand, you know you’re perched on the brink of something. So you set it down, and watch.

At its height, American Idol was pulling in over 883 million dollars a season, with 40 million viewers. That’s a show that appealed mostly to a younger demographic – 82 percent of viewers aged 24 or younger.

Why American Idol, you ask? That’s a show with smashing success that targeted a tiny demographic, and still reached great heights. How much better can a show that hits every demographic perform? The Ride That Got Away is set to go from zero to sixty in no time flat.

If American Idol had so much pull, imagine the position that a show with something for everyone is poised to take.

“Love the show, Courtney! The passion and enthusiasm is real. I was bawling at the end of the Mustang episode. Beautiful!” said one of many fans on Instagram.

You’ve been warned – no matter who you are, you might not be able to avoid shedding a tear or two.

Gather round. Grab your mom. Grab your dad. Grab grandma and grandpa. Are you ready to ride?

Hollywood reporter

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Clink. Clink. Clink.

Hear that?

It’s the sound of the glass ceiling breaking.

We’ll give you five minutes to tell us a female that’s founded, executive produced, and hosted her own automotive TV show that’s been aired on History Channel and FYI Network across America. We’re giving you an extra four minutes and 59 seconds to enjoy the sound of crickets chirping.

A female besides Courtney Hansen, that is. Hansen isn’t just the girl next door. She’s the Garage Girl next door, and she’s proving herself in a seriously male-dominated industry. She co-hosted car makeover series Overhaulin’ in 2004, and then moved onto new horizons.

Part of that horizon was formulating the concept for her new show, The Ride That Got Away. She wanted a show that stood out amongst all the ride pimping and renovating out a car just for the sake of it. She wanted to get into the heart of things, and explore the stories behind the people who drive the cars – and why they love those cars so much.

But girls don’t know anything about cars. Why should a girl host a show about cars? They’re lucky if maybe their dad taught them to change the oil or fix a spare tire, right? Hansen is proving that stereotype wrong in a big way.

Hansen assembled her cast and crew with the cream of the crop in mind. She brought in top tier designers and builders, and then set to work finding people across the country that can’t stop thinking about their ride that got away. And yeah, she did it all on her own.

So Hansen and the crew find a deserving person. Then they set to work remaking that one car that they used to have that they just can’t stop thinking about. Hansen goes toe to toe with the gearheads when they’re in the garage. She’s built up a team who is as passionate about building cars as she is.

“A lot of guys build cars with their hands,” says Hansen. “These guys build cars with their hearts.”

A custom 1956 Mercury, given up when bills got too high? A 1966 Chevy C10 that got away not once, but twice? A 1975 International Scout II that was donated while its owner battled cancer?

No rides are off limits in Hansen’s new show. And neither is that glass ceiling.
You can tune into the second season of The Ride That Got Away and watching the leading lady in automobiles kick some old cars into a new gear. Catch it on HISTORY on Demand, or Hulu

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You’ve been waiting for this moment. You’re sixteen, finally. You’ve got that silver key sparkling in your hand. The first solo car ride of your life is here. And you’re ready to hit the wide open road to see wherever those four wheels are going to take you.

There’s nothing that can quite measure up to that exact moment when you first fell in love with a car, the road, and a whole new world was opened up in front of you.

That’s the magic that Courtney Hansen is serving up in The Ride That Got Away.

And you can bet Hansen has street cred. She grew up in the garage with her dad, who won 27 national championships in SCCA racing. But for Hansen, a family legacy is literally just the start.

She’s the author of The Garage Girl’s Guide to Everything You Need to Know About Your Car and started her career as the co-host of world famous Overhaulin’ on TLC, a show based around car makeovers. Since then she has hosted numerous hit television shows with a focus in the automotive genre.

Think about any show you’ve ever watched about cars – ever. Nine times out of ten (or maybe more) if there was a woman in the show, what was she doing? Modeling the car, probably.

So what is Hansen doing? Much more than that. In fact, Hansen is making big moves. She’s the founder, executive producer, host and overall decision-maker in the show. She’s the first female to put the pedal to the metal and pave the way for other female hosts in the automotive tv industry.

So, with all her work in the industry, when the time came, she knew exactly where to find Troy Ladd and invite him to her show.

And found him she did, at Hollywood Hot Rods, in Burbank, California, a business he established in 2002. Since then, he’s been building hot rods and winning awards left and right. Now he can add working on Hansen’s cars in The Ride That Got Away to his accolades.

Add Courtney Hansen, car designer Ladd, and the rest of the cast and the crew together, and you’ve got a dynamic recipe for season one of The Ride That Got Away.

The show takes submissions from family members of people who had to let go of a car that they really loved. You know. That first car that you ever had that makes you feel sentimental just thinking about. The Mustang you had to let go because it was either keep the car or pay medical bills. The Cadillac you had to sell to get your kid through college.

From those submissions, Hansen chooses the most deserving people and the most deserving cars. Then they set out to find that old ride. They set to work tracking down that old car, or find one that’s pretty darn close if the old one was too damaged.

What happens next is a custom classic car lover’s dream. The car is restored its original glory, just like it was when it was owned and loved by its first family.

Hansen doesn’t just want people to have new cars. She wants to help people find long lost pieces of their past, and reconnect them with their history.

One of the best parts? Nominees are secretly submitted by family members who think another member of their family is deserving of finding their old car. If they’re selected, the lucky person getting their old car back has no idea it’s about to happen. So you get to watch as someone out there gets the surprise of their life. At the end of the day, this isn’t a story about cars. It’s the story of resilience and grit of the people who drive them.

Everyone has a ride that got away. What was yours?

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