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Chip Foose: Master Car Designer

Updated on April 4, 2009

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Chip Foose: Master Car Designer

Cool [kool] – adjective, adverb, noun, verb 1. (n.) Chip Foose

Chip Foose was born on October 13, 1963, and since that very day, has been a car designing genius. He lives with his wife and children in Southern California. He is the star of the TV show Overhaulin’, automotive designer, and hot rod shop owner. At age 7, Chip began working on cars in his dad’s company. The company was Project Design, located in Santa Barbra, California. Encouraged by Ford and Preston Trucker Alex Tremulis, Chip attended the Art Center College of Design for two years in 1982. He dropped out due to financial issues. Chip worked for ASHA Corp for four years and then went back to Art Center College of Design and graduated in 1990. After graduation, Chip worked full-time for Sterenberger Design and part-time for Boyd Coddington. In 1993, Chip went from Sterenberger to J Mays at Ford, but Boyd Coddington convinced Chip to work for him. Chip Foose became the the president of Hot Rods by Boyd eventually. Chip designed the Boydster I and II.

Chip and his wife began Foose design after Boyds company was going bankrupt and Chip resigned. Foose Design is based out of Huntington Beach, California. TLC aired the show Overhaulin’ staring Chip in 2004. Chip started making die cast cars of his most popular designs in 2006 with Johnny Lightning. In 2007, Chip helped start the company Ridemakerz, which makes customizable toy cars. Also in 2007, Chip designed a Foose Coupe and there would only be 50 made. The first Foose Coupe sold for $330,000 to Roger Burgess, a vintage car dealer and car collector from Atlanta. Chip Foose was the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame in 2003, and the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005. He won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2006, and the Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award in the years 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001.

Chip Foose is also an AMAZING artist. Whenever he designs a car, he draws it using colored pencils, sharpies, airbrushes, anything you can imagine! All of his artwork is phenomenal!

Here are a few examples of Chip’s designing genius:


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      7 years ago

      gggt mo pe rode un zaffair ki pena pilon

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      7 years ago from Sierra Vista, AZ

      Wow, very interesting bio, do you have any of the referances you used? Not that I'm doubting what you wrote, but Chip Foose has also been a hero of mine, too, would love to read more. Great hub.

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      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I'm sorry, but I'm not Chip Foose. This is just an article about Chip Foose. Great story though.

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      schalanda wallace 

      9 years ago

      Good day mr Chip Foose,i do not really know anything about your cars, but my boyfriend has a passion for your work and your ability to turn old cars into every man's dream.I hope you or your team gets this message beacuse i would really like it if i can suprise him with one of your creations.

      My boyfriend whose name is roger currently drives 2002 ACURA

      CL.and he cherishes it like its a top of the line car but

      he is alaways trying to add things to make it faster or he

      washes it every other day to get it as shiny as the ones you have on your show just today he got so mad because he

      washed it yesturday and when i went pick him up from work a

      bird s#@*ed on his car and he was frantic. we do not have

      the luxury of having more than one car because he supports

      my son and i and i wish sometimes i can pull one of your

      cars from the T.V and give it to him. I just want him to have the experience or the luxury of having his car really

      fixed up. My boyfriend is is the most caring,thoughtful kind hearted person.He treats me like a queen that lives in a mantion and we only have a little apt.HE is a great

      father figure for my son,yeah my son's real father isn't around and its so hard to find good guys these days it would mean so much to his eyes light up with your help for

      his car my e-mail is

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Sorry, Mr. Myers, but this isn't Chip Foose himself. It's just an article about him. You should email him though.

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      larry myers 

      9 years ago

      Hey chip I watch your show all the time here in the midwest.[iowa]I was just wondering why you allways overhaul cars on the west coast?I was in arfgahnistan in 04/05.Thank god I came back alive and with all limbs,Im thankful for that..But I do have MEDICAL ISSUES That afect me from working anymore.So I have a 1969 dodg dart gt that I just won't be able to finish. Money wise or phisacly help work on it.THANKS FOR HELPING PEOPLE REBUILD THERE CARS.I will keep watching. Thanks larry myers wounded warrior....

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I know right? Only I just wish I had a car! :)

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      Raven King 

      9 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Awesome! Cool cars. Now I am jealous!

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      9 years ago from TX

      Wow what an intelligent guy! Good hub and some very interesting and cool photos!



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