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Foose’s quick ascent
“It’s sweet and juicy, pared down and minimal, but it pops with that quintessential Southern California hot-rod flavor,” says Mays, Ford Motor Company Group Vice President, Design, and Chief Creative Officer.
Chip Foose, the driving force behind Foose Design, based in Huntington Beach, California. His legacy began at the age of seven when Chip began helping out his father, Sam Foose, himself a hot rod legend, at his project design firm. By age 12, Chip had painted his first car.
But it was a chance meeting with famed Tucker and former Ford Motor Company designer Alex Tremulus that inspired Chip to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, from which he graduated with honors in 1990.
Working for several designers and fabricators in the 1990s, Foose was instrumental in designing and building signature street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for such films as Blade Runner, Robo Cop and Gone in 60 Seconds.
In November 1990, Chip began his association with legendary customizer Boyd Coddington at Hot Rods by Boyd, where he was responsible for many internationally known vehicles, including Roadster, Sportstar, the Boydster I and II and Boyd Air.
In 1998, Chip left to form Foose Design with his wife, Lynne. His career includes numerous industry honors, including being the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame (at age 33) in 1997.
In 2002, Foose went mainstream when he was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Rides” documentary that aired repeatedly on The Learning Channel in early 2003. The show featured many of Chip’s award-winning vehicles and allowed viewers to watch him conceptualize and re-design a 2002 Ford Thunderbird called “Speedbird” that debuted at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and received Ford’s “Best of Show” award.
Today, Chip and his Foose Design crew star in the popular series “Overhaulin’” that airs on The Learning Channel and has captured the imagination of not only automotive fans, but the general public, because of its humor and humanity. The premise is to “steal” a wreck from an unsuspecting owner and then return it as a completely tricked-out Dream Car.
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