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Chip Foose

Automobile Designer on TLC's "Overhaulin'"

Automobile Designer on TLC's "Overhaulin'"

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Chip Foose Biography

In a relatively short career, Chip Foose has created a legacy of designs and accomplishments that are well beyond his years. Chip was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and automobiles were definitely in his blood. Chip’s first job was working for his father’s company, Project Design. By age twelve, Chip already had five years of experience under his belt, and had also painted his first car, a Porsche 356.

Early on, a chance meeting from Alex Tremulus, the designer of the “Tucker”, was Chip’s motivation to attend Art Center, where he majored in automotive product design and graduated in 1990 with honors.

Chip’s career profile is staggering; in 1986 he was Staff Designer/Fabricator for the Asha Corporation, eventually becoming director of design in 1989. Chip was responsible for conceptualizing new proprietary ideas and fabrication of prototypes for the OEM’s. Other work has included: Stehrenberger Design as an automotive designer, creating illustrations and conceptual models; Baker Sportronics, as chief designer and fabricator of electric vehicles used in the NFL and MLB; and of course, working with his father, designing and building street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for films such as Blade Runner, RoboCop, and Gone in 60 Seconds.

November 1990 brought about the beginning of a relationship with Boyd Coddington and Hot Rods by Boyd, becoming a full time position in 1993, where Chip eventually became the President. Chip, who is widely acclaimed for fostering the “Boyd Look”, was responsible for many internationally known vehicles such as: Roadstar, Sportstar, Boydster I and II, and Boyd Air to name a few. However, Chip’s venture with Boyd ended in 1998.

At this time Chip relocated his company Foose Design, an automotive and product design Development Company. His company specializes in illustration, graphics, ideation, model making, surfacing and complete construction of automobiles and automotive related products. These products are available to private individuals, automobile manufacturers and television and film producers.

In November of 1997, Chip was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at Peterson Publishing’s 50th anniversary, held at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This induction made Chip the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at the age of 31. In 1998, Chip was honored at the SMRA banquet and was the first recipient of the Good Guys Trendsetter Award, once again creating another historic moment in the Hot Rod industry. In 1999, Chip won the prestigious AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) Award at the 50th Anniversary of the Grand National Roadster Show with Fred Warren’s “Shockwave”. In 2000 Chip won the AMBR again with Chuck Svatos’ “0032”. Overall, Chip has been involved with eight different AMBR winners, the last in 2014.

The new millennium meant new endeavors for Chip, in January of 2000 he signed a licensing agreement with MHT Luxury Alloys, allowing Chip to start the production of Foose Wheels. In 2002, Chip won the coveted “Ridler” Award at the 50th Anniversary Show of the Detroit Autorama with Bob and Wes Rydell’s 35 Chevy Master, otherwise known as the “Grandmaster”. He was inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame. The end of 2002 closed with a bang for Chip and his highly acclaimed staff at Foose Design when the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary, “Rides”, which aired repetitively on the TLC network in March of 2003. The documentary featured several of Chip’s award winning vehicles and gave viewers a chance to witness Chip’s visionary talents come to life with a re-design of the 2002 Thunderbird. This redesigned Thunderbird, known as the “Speedbird”, received “Best of Show” award from Ford Motor Company at the 2002 SEMA show.

The year 2003 was equally exciting for Chip. He was honored once again with an induction into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame. He then received a second “Ridler” award at the Detroit Autorama for his work on Ron Whiteside’s 1934 Mercury Monarch Stallion.

Throughout the course of Chip’s career he has been honored to receive the Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award eight times. Most recently he captured the award in 2010 with the “Magnatude”, a 1932 Custom Muroc Roadster (body by Marcel and design by Chip).

2004 proved to be as exhilarating as the past years, Chip started a television series called “Overhaulin'”, which began airing on the TLC network late April of 2004. Owners were tricked while having their prized vehicle restored by Chip and his team in a week’s time. With an original run of 5 seasons, the series made nearly 90 automotive dreams come true.

2005 opened with Chip being inducted into the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He also received his 3rd “Ridler” Award for “Impression”, a Foose designed and fabricated 1936 Ford based roadster owned by Ken Reister. Also that year, Chip was honored to be personally selected by John Lasseter of Pixar to contribute paint schemes and graphic treatments to certain characters from the hit movie “Cars”. This relationship has since expanded to a showcase of original Chip Foose “Cars” artwork and licensed product available at Disney Theme Parks.

In 2009, Chip made a return to television, serving as a guest judge on the Discovery Channel’s “Ultimate Car Build-Off”, where top auto shops in LA, Detroit and Atlanta competed for a chance at glory and a $100,000 grand prize. From 2010-2011 he also hosted the documentary series “American Icon: The Hot Rod” on Discovery’s HD Theater.

Encouraged by the continued popularity of “Overhaulin’”, Discovery Communication’s Velocity network relaunched the show with all new episodes in October 2012. This rebooted format lasted 4 more seasons and aired its last episode in November 2015.

2015 also netted Chip an unprecedented 4th Detroit Autorama “Ridler” Award for his work on the stunning “Impostor”, a Foose designed and built 1965 Chevrolet Impala on a C6 Corvette Z06 platform.

In 2016, Chip celebrated his 30th year in the design business, highlighted by a showcase at the Petersen Automotive Museum to celebrate the milestone and his induction into the prestigious SEMA Hall of Fame.

2019 saw the Overhaulin’ franchise relaunched once again, now back in production with MotorTrend. New episodes launched in November 2019.

Chip continues to run his business Foose Design, where he designs and builds automotive masterpieces.

Chip Foose Videos

  • Chip Foose tweaks the design of the 1970 Plymouth Cuda | Chip ...
    The 1970 Plymouth Cuda is one of the most sought-after cars from the muscle car era. However, when Chip Foose looks at the iconic design he ...
  • Chip Foose Reveals his 1967 C10 Pickup called a C/28 at SEMA 2018.
    Chip Foose brought his newest personal daily driver, a 1967 C10 Pickup with a 1967 Z28 engine, to SEMA. Called a C/28 because of the Z28 engine in...
  • Chip Foose Gives Personal Tour Of Foose Designs - YouTube
    It's hard to argue that there is a better builder and designer then Chip Foose. From OEM production cars to killer one of kind hot rods, he's ...

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