In a relatively short career, Chip Foose has created a legacy of designs and accomplishments well beyond his years. Chip was born and raised in Santa Barbara CA., and automobiles were definitely in the 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 painted his first car; a Porsche 356.
Early on, a chance meeting and advice from Alex Tremulus- the designer of the Tucker, was actually Chip’s stimulus to attend Art Center, where he majored in automotive product design Chip graduated in 1990 with honors.
Chip’s career profile is staggering, in 1986 he was Staff designer/ Fabricator for Asha Corporation, eventually becoming Director of design in 1989. Chip was responsible for conceptualizing new proprietary ideas and fabrication of prototypes for the O.E.M.’s.
Other work has included: Stehrenberger Design as an Automotive designer, creating colored illustrations and conceptual models, Baker Sportronics, as Chief designer and fabricator of both models and prototypes of electric vehicles to be used in the NFL and NBL, and of course, on going work with his father and Project Design, designing and building street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for films such as Blade Runner, Robo Cop, and Gone in 60 seconds which featured “Elinor”.
November 1990 brought about the beginning of a relationship with Boyd Coddington and Hot Rods by Boyd, becoming a full time position in 1993 leading to the position of Managing Director eventually Chip became the President of Hot Rods by Boyd. Chip, who is widely acclaimed for his “Boyd Look” design and creative skills, was responsible for many internationally known vehicles such as: Roadster, Sportstar, Boydster I and II, and Boyd Air to name but a few. Chip’s venture with Boyd ended in 1998. Chip and his wife Lynne then started their Huntington Beach, CA. based company Foose Design.
Currently Chip is operating 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, television, film and the automobile manufacturers.
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 history for both Chip and the Peterson museum, as Chip was and continues to remain the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame.
In 1998, Chip was honored at the SMRA banquet as the first recipient of the Good Guys Trendsetter Award, once again creating yet 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 “Shock Wave”. Similarly, in 2000 Chip won the AMBR again with Chuck Svatos’s “0032”. Overall, Chip has been involved with six different AMBR winners, including the 1995 winner the “Smoothster”, the 1996 winner the “Boydster”, the 2001 winner the “Impact” (designed by Chip and finished Barry White), the 2003 winner the “Boydster II” (designed by Chip and finished by Bobby Alloway).
The new millennium also meant new endeavors for Chip, in January of 2000 Chip signed a licensing agreement with MHT Luxury Alloys allowing Chip to start the production of Foose Wheels.
The millennium was proving to be quite prosperous, Chip won the coveted 2002 “Riddler” Award at the 50th Anniversary Show of the Detroit Autorama with Bob and Wes Rydell’s 35 Chevy Master other wise known as the “Grand Master”. The year of 2002 was overwhelmingly exciting for Chip as he was inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall Of Fame. The end of the year closed with a bang for Chip, and his highly acclaimed staff at Foose Design when the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary which aired repetitively on the TLC network in March of 2003. The documentary featured several of Chip’s award winning vehicles, but mainly gave viewers the chance to witness Chip’s visionary talents come to life with a re-design of the 2002 Thunderbird. The redesigned Thunderbird other wise known as “The Speedbird” received yet another award for Chip, as it made it’s debut at the 2002 SEMA show in Las Vegas where Chip was presented the “Best of Show” award from Ford Motor Company.
The year 2003 was equally exciting, Chip was honored once again with an induction into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall Of Fame. This year was filled with enthusiasm, especially when Chip received a second “Ridler’ award at the Detroit Autorama which featured Ron Whitesides 34′ Mercury Stallion. As 2003 abruptly came to an end Chip started a new venture when he began designing clothing and accessories featuring many of his award winning cars.
Throughout the course of Chip’s career he has been honored to receive the Good Guys Street Rod Of The Year Award seven times, which include:1990 a 32 two door sedan, 1991 a 29 two door sedan and 40 delivery for Dick Mattiolli, 1995 a 32 three window coupe for Bud Simes, 1997 a 39 chevy coupe built by Troy Trepanior of “Rad Ride by Troy” named the “Predator”, 1999 a 54 belvedere also built by Troy at “Rad Ride by Troy” named the “Sniper”, and last but not least in 2001 Chip received the Good Guys Street Rod Of The Year Award featuring the “Grand Master”.
The year 2004 has proved to be as exhilarating as the past years, as Chip is started a new television series called “Overhaulin” which began airing on the TLC network in late April of 2004, please check your local programming for details.
2005 opened with Chip being inducted into the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Chip is currently working around the clock to finish his most current Riddler contender which will debut at the Detroit Autorama on March 3rd, 2005.
Chip and his wife Lynne reside in southern California with their two children, son Brock born September 1st 1999, and daughter Katie born February 16th 2004.