Many know Chip Foose as the star of hit TV show, Overhaulin’. However he’s also responsible for styling every car overhauled on the show. In fact Foose is a design machine, he’s produced hundreds of sketches, including over 300 during the eight seasons of Overhaulin’. On top of this, vehicles that Foose has designed and styled have won virtually every prestigious award in existence. Foose’s path to design excellence started at a very young age.
At age seven, he began helping his father, Sam Foose (a talented car builder), in his body shop had sprayed his first car before celebrating his 12th birthday. He then set about formalise his design talents and cultivated his drawing skills at the Art Centre College of Design, from which he graduated with honours.
He went on to carry out prototype design for various OEM’s, worked with Ford’s Vice President of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer, J May and is also a noted toy designer. In the world of custom cars, Foose is a legend and credited with creating the classic Boyd Coddington look. He was the design genius behind some of Boyd’s world famous creations such as; Roadster, Sportstar, Boyd Air, Boydster I and Boydster II.
The list of famous cars to emerge from Foose’s drawing board is lengthy. He’s won the prestigious AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) award twice outright with Fred Warren’s Shockwave and Chuck Svatos’ 0032, as well as being directly involved with several other winners. He’s also a three-time Ridler winner with Bob and Wes Rydell’s Grandmaster, Ron Whiteside’s Stallion and Ken Reister’s Impression.
Vehicles he’s designed or styled have won numerous awards, including the Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award eight times. Foose also has a SEMA best of show to his credit, along with the inaugural Good Guys Trendsetter Award. He’s also been inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame and Peterson Publishing, Hot Rod Hall of Fame. When it comes to automotive design, Foose has few peers, it just flows out of him.
On a recent trip down-under, Chip was at a private dinner with Bruce Morrison, MotorActive Managing Director and Owen Web, MotorActive, Business Development Manager and a restaurant patron and his son recognised Foose and approached in awe, asking for an autograph. Foose not only happily signed his autograph, he also drew a sketch of a Camaro there and then, right in the middle of dinner! Foose is certainly the master of style.