Heather Storm might look like she belongs on a runway, but the statuesque stunner is far more at home in the garage. She’s the sole female host on Velocity Network’s hit series Garage Squad, a reality show that finds Storm and her cohorts restoring project cars across Chicago.
“I grew up in Montana, so working on cars wasn’t that different for me. I helped my dad with his car my whole life,” says Storm. “When Garage Squad came around I had already worked as a host on a few car and sports shows, so when they asked for a woman who wasn’t afraid to get dirty and work under a car, I knew I could do it. It’s so much fun.”
With a degree in environmental science, a gig as a recurring guest mixologist on The Playboy Morning Show, an upcoming recipe book, and a documentary about food in the works, Storm is certainly full of surprises.
“I never really know what’s going to come my way, which is a lot of fun,” says Storm. “I’m hoping the future will provide even more adventure! I’d love to do a travel show. Get dirty in a different way.”
What is your worst habit?
I tend to fiddle with my fingers a lot. I used to bit my nails and now I just kind of pick, which is still a pretty bad habit. I try to get manicures if I can, because if I don’t I’ll definitely pick.
What is your dream car?
Oh god. You’d think this would be easy for me since we work on so many! There was a Porsche 356 that we worked on that I really loved. I think I’d get it in white, it’s such a class colour. A white convertible.
What is your favourite show of all time?
Seinfeld. Love that show, it never gets old.
What is your hidden talent?
Oh! I can memorize things really quickly. I don’t have the full extent of a photographic memory, but it’s still a visual thing for me. If I see it on the page, I can remember it pretty well.
What is your pet peeve?
Really loud talkers. Especially in an inappropriate place.
What makes you laugh?
Things that are funny? Irony makes me laugh. So many ironic things in the world.
What is your best Garage Squad memory?
Best is definitely when Bruno [Massel] and I raced on the show and I won. It’s amazing because he’s like a 3-time drag racing champion and I totally beat him! The look of disappointment on his face was just so real, and I was so happy.
What is your worst Garage Squad memory?
I was working on an engine on one of the coldest days of the year and my hands were totally frozen. I hit my hand on a piece of the engine and just because they were so cold it hurt so bad! Just thinking about it makes my hand hurt again.