Chip Foose is an American car designer who was born on October 13, 1963 in Santa Barbara, California. Chip Foose is known as one of the most influential designers and modifiers in the USA. His name is increasingly soaring after initiating and hosting a television show called Overhaulin. He is known to have the ability to restore and modify a typical American car with the style of Hot Rod, one of the works that is quite interesting is the car called Hemisfear.
Since childhood Chip Foose has worked quite closely with his father, Sam Foose, who has a company called Project Design. So you could say the automotive lover’s blood has flowed and followed his father. During his work for more than five years the young Chip Foose continued to harvest experience with his father, until he was able to paint his first car, the Porsche356.
In his youth Chip Foose met Alex Tremulis who was a famous Ford and Preston Tucker designer at the time. Alex is one of the people who was instrumental in suggesting Chip to take design lectures. Finally, Chip Foose decided to enter the Art Center College and take a major automotive product design, even though he dropped out in 1982 due to financial problems, Chip successfully graduated and took his degree in 1990.
His career was fairly uphill, though at that time he had not yet received a degree from his campus Chip Foose had become a Staff Designer / Fabricator at Asha Corporation, and then became Director of Design in 1989. Then in 1990 he got two jobs, part time at a company owned by Boyd Coddington ( Hot Rod Car Designer) and full time at Sterenberger Designer as an automotive designer whose job is to design concept cars for various purposes. Chip has also been the chief designer responsible for making car properties used in films such as Blade Runner, RoboCop and Gone in 60 Seconds.
At one time Chip Foose finally got an invitation to work full time at the company of Boyd Coddington, and in 1993 got the position of President at Hot Rod by Boyd. During his tenure with Boyd, Chip was responsible for the creation of several world-famous Hot Rod modification cars such as Boydster 1, Boydster 2, Roadstar and Boyd Air. Unfortunately Chip Foose’s career with Boyd ended in 1998 because his company went out of business and Chip decided to leave.
The formation of the Foose Design Company
After leaving Hot Rod by Boyd, Chip Foose with his wife, Lynne, made Foose Design, specializing in automotive and product design development. His company accepts jobs from various groups such as car manufacturers, television or film producers, to individuals such as celebrities for example.
In addition to working on modifications from customers, Foose Design also released their own products several times in the form of cars with the concept of American hot rod cars but with a special touch from Chip Foose. One of the interesting cars for Foose Design is the car called Hemisfear. Hemisfear is a concept car that has been planned since Chip Foose was in college design. And finally successfully realized in 2006, Hemisfear was shown at the 2006 SEMA event. This car uses a 6.4 liter V8 Mopar Hemi engine, and is produced very limited. It is rumored that Hemisfear only produced 50 units.
In 2003, the name Chip Foose became more popular thanks to a documentary film that aired on TLC television channel, the film discusses the creation of Chip Foose called Speedbird, a modification based on the 2002 Ford Thunderbird.
Chip Foose also made his own television show called Overhaulin and received a fairly high rating in 2004. The premise of this event is that the car owner does not know that their car which is normally normal or sometimes damaged has been restored and modified by Chip Foose in just a few weeks. The television program has been running for 5 seasons and has produced around 90 modified cars.
Award and Achievement
Throughout his career, Chip Foose has received various awards and achievements such as being the youngest person to enter the Hot Rod Hall of Fame in 1997. He also entered le Darryl Starbid Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame, The Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, Detroit Autorama “Circle of Champions” Hall of Fame, and San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002, 2003, 2012, and 2005. Some other achievements:
- 1997 – Hot Rod Hall of Fame
- 1998 – Goodguys Trendsetter Award
- 2002 – Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame
- 2003 – Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame
- 2005 – San Francisco Rod, Custom & Motorcycle Hall of Fame
- 2007 – Petersen Automotive Museum “From Pen to Pavement” Exhibit
- 2009 – Diecast Hall of Fame
- 2013 – Hot Rod Hall of Fame’s Circle of Champions
- 2016 – SEMA Hall of Fame
In 2019 became the first person to receive the Builder of the Decade Award at the Grand National Roadster Show, several other awards that Chip Chip has received
- 1990 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for a ’32 two door sedan
- 1991 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for a ’29 two door sedan
- 1991 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for a ’40 delivery
- 1995 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for “Smoothster”
- 1995 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for a ’34 three window coupe
- 1996 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for “Boydster”
- 1997 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for the ’39 Chevy “Predator” coupe
- 1999 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for the ’54 Belvedere “Sniper”, built by Troy Trepanier
- 1999 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for “Shockwave”
- 2000 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for “0032”
- 2001 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for “Grandmaster”
- 2001 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for “Impact” designed by Chip & finished by Barry White
- 2002 – Ford Motor Company SEMA Best of Show for “Speedbird”
- 2002 – Ridler Award for the ’35 Chevy Master Sedan “Grandmaster”
- 2003 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for “Boydster II” designed by Chip & finished by Bobby Alloway
- 2003 – Ridler Award for the ’34 Mercury “Stallion”
- 2005 – Ridler Award for the ’36 Ford based roadster “Impression”
- 2006 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for “Impression”
- 2010 – Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award for “Magnatude”
- 2012 – GM SEMA Best of Show for “Eldorod”
- 2014 – Ford Motor Company SEMA Best of Show for “Quince Caballo”
- 2014 – America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award for ’35 Chevy Standard Phaeton “Black Bow Tie”, built by Troy Trepanier
- 2015 – Ridler Award for the ’65 Impala “Impostor”
- 2017 – America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle Award for a 2016 Custom “Xpression”