Chip Foose

Chip Foose (born October 13, 1963) is an American automobile designer, artist,[1] and star of Velocity's reality television series Overhaulin'.

Chip Foose
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Foose at a SEMA show
BornOctober 13, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceSouthern California, United States
OccupationAutomobile designer, television presenter

Life and career

Foose logo
Foose Design's logo
Chip Foose Hemisfear
The 2006 Hemi(s)fear at the Marconi Automotive Museum
The custom 1960 Ford Starliner at the Marconi Automotive Museum, customized by Chip Foose.

Foose began working on automobiles at age seven for his father's company, Project Design, in Santa Barbara, California.[2] Encouraged by Ford and Preston Tucker designer Alex Tremulis, Foose started to attend the Art Center College of Design in 1982; however, he dropped out after two years due to financial difficulties.[2] After working for four years at Clenet Coachworks, Foose returned to the Art Center to complete his education.

After graduating in 1990, Foose worked full-time for Sterenberger Design and part-time for Boyd Coddington.[3] In 1993, Foose resigned from Sterenberger to work for J Mays at Ford; however, Coddington was able to convince Foose to work for him, instead.[2] Working for Coddington full-time, Foose eventually became the president of Coddington's company, Hot Rods by Boyd. While working for Coddington, Foose designed many of Coddington's well known creations such as Boydster and Boydster II.[3][4]

In 1998, with Hot Rods by Boyd facing bankruptcy (due to the failure of Boyds Wheels[5]), Foose left his position and with his wife Lynne started his own automotive and product design company.[2] He first set up in Orange, California, where, as his first project car, he rebuilt Boydster II for Chuck Svatos as the 0032 roadster, which went on to win the America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy.[6] By 2000, he had established Foose Design in Huntington Beach, California.[7][2] Foose's departure from Boyd's was not amicable; in a 2006 interview, Foose stated, "Boyd has chosen to not have any relations with me, since I stopped working at his shop." One of the main reasons for the bitter relationship is claimed to be Foose retained many of the talented builders formerly employed by Coddington; Mike and Charley left Coddington's business shortly after Foose had established his shop.[4]

Foose gained more exposure in 2003 as a result of a TLC documentary on his design and creation of a modified 2002 Ford Thunderbird called Speedbird,[3][4] and due to his work building Ron Whiteside's 2003 Ridler-winning '34 3-window.[8] In 2004, the TLC program "Overhaulin'" debuted, with Foose as the star. At the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, a unique 1969 Foose-designed Camaro convertible was displayed, to be produced in a 300 car run by Unique Performance of Dallas Texas.[9] Press releases announced UP would also be handling the marketing of Foose's other custom car lines, including Hemisfear, along with Foose's 2006 Mustang Stallion. Foose also designed a paint scheme for 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon to promote DuPont's Hot Hues paint line. Foose has since severed ties with DuPont and now promotes the BASF Glasurit paint line exclusively.

In November 2007, Foose officially severed ties to Unique Performance[10] following police action against UP for alleged illegal activities. In 2006, Foose launched a line of die cast replicas of many of his famous designs partnering with the makers of Johnny Lightning in the creation of JL Full Throttle. This company produced copies of many of Foose's famous, award-winning designs, including Grand Master and Impression. In 2002, Foose won the coveted Ridler Award at the 50th Anniversary Show of the Detroit Autorama with Bob and Wes Rydell's 35 Chevy Master, otherwise known as the "Grandmaster". Impression subsequently won the prestigious Ridler prize. Also replicated were a number of cars from "Overhaulin'". Announced at the SEMA show in 2006 was a pact between Foose and Ford to produce Foose designed Ford vehicles, the first of which was shown at the 2007 New York Auto Show.

In 2007, Foose began limited production (50 vehicles in total) of Hemisfear. Also known as the Foose Coupe, Hemisfear was designed by Foose in 1990, during his time at the Art Center, and publicly unveiled at the SEMA trade show in November 2006.[4][11] An earlier design drawing of Hemisfear inspired the Plymouth Prowler.[11] The 2007 Hemisfear was commissioned by a new die cast model car company JL Full Throttle which had partnered with Foose to build both the scale and 1:1 Hemisfear. A Foose coupe was sold along with a design consultation with Foose at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Palm Beach, Florida at the end of March 2007. The 1st Foose Coupe Supercar was auctioned for $340,000; sold to Atlanta vintage car dealer and avid car collector Roger Burgess.

Foose was retained as design consultant to provide architects with unique styling elements for the exterior and interior of the $275 million expansion of Detroit's MotorCity Casino, anticipated to be complete by the end of 2007.[12]

Foose helped to start the Ridemakerz customizable toy cars business in 2007.

As of 2010, Foose continues to operate Foose Design and provide design consultations to the Big Three automakers. Overhaulin' was canceled at the end of 2009, though reruns still air on Discovery Turbo. Shortly following the launch of the channel Velocity, it was announced that the show would return in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Charity work

Foose serves as the vice chairman of the Progeria Research Foundation's California Chapter. His youngest sister died of Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome. He has also taken part in numerous children's charities such as Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp.[13] He was named grand marshal of SEMA's Show N' Shine public car show for children's charities.[13]

Personal life

Foose and his wife live in Southern California with their two children, Brock and Katie.

Awards and honors

In November 1997, Foose became the youngest person to be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. Additionally, Foose was inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame in 2003, the Detroit Autorama "Circle of Champions"[14] Hall of Fame in 2012, and the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005. Foose has also won the following awards for his work:

Foose, next to his 2015 Ridler-winning '65 Impala "Imposter" for Bob & Elma Voth.
  • Ridler Award in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2015.[15]
  • Most Beautiful Roadster Award in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2014. Some of these cars were designed by Foose and completed by other builders such as Troy Trepanier, Barry White, and Bobby Alloway.[15]
  • The Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award in the years 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2010.[15]
  • Diecast Hall of Fame Inductee 2009.[15]
  • Best Hot Rod at Bilsport Performance Show 2011.
  • Best Custom Car - 1954 Chevrolet "Cool Air" NACE Expo 2014[16]


  1. ^ Geisert, Eric. "Ron Whiteside's Ridler Winner", in Street Rodder, July 2003, pp.79.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sawyer, Christopher A. (April 8, 2005). "Chip Foose: Humble Genius". Automotive Design & Production. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c "Chip Foose Bio". Foose Design. 2005. Archived from the original on April 5, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d Aguilar, Kevin (April 3, 2006). "Exclusive Chip Foose Interview". Sport Truck. Archived from the original on January 26, 2007.
  5. ^ Geisert, Eric. "Ron Whiteside's Ridler Winner", in Street Rodder, July 2003, p.80.
  6. ^ Geisert, Eric. "Ron Whiteside's Ridler Winner", in Street Rodder, July 2003, p.80.
  7. ^ Geisert, Eric. "Ron Whiteside's Ridler Winner", in Street Rodder, July 2003, p.80.
  8. ^ Geisert, Eric. "Ron Whiteside's Ridler Winner", in Street Rodder, July 2003, pp.79-80.
  9. ^ "Chip Foose and Unique Performance Unveil 1969 Foose Camaro Convertible: 'New' Muscle Car Makes Big Splash at SEMA Show" (Press release). Foose Design. November 15, 2005. Archived from the original on April 19, 2006.
  10. ^ "Foose Design Terminates All Licensing and Business Activities with Unique Performance Effective Immediately" (Press release). Foose Design. November 9, 2007. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008.
  11. ^ a b della Cava, Marco R. (March 1, 2007). "Chip Foose Overhaulin' Mainstream Designs". USA Today.
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  14. ^ Larivee, Bob (2015). Hot Rod Detroit. Oxford, Michigan: GP Publishing. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-692-30899-8.
  15. ^ a b c d "Chip Foose Recognition". Chip Foose, Foose Design. Foose Design, Inc.
  16. ^ "Chip Foose Receives 2014 NACE CARS Expo Top Custom Car Award For Chevy 'Cool Air' Featuring BASF Glasurit Paint". Babcox Media, Inc. aftermarketNews.

External links

0032 (custom car)

0032 is a custom-built 1932 Ford roadster built by Chip Foose for Chuck Svatos. It won the 2000 America's Most Beautiful Roadster award.

America's Most Beautiful Roadster

"America's Most Beautiful Roadster" or (AMBR) is an award given out at the Grand National Roadster Show since 1950. It was started by Slonaker as a 9-foot "megatrophy" that engraved the winner's name on it. At that time, it was the largest trophy in the world.

American Hot Rod

American Hot Rod is a reality television series that originally aired between 2004 and 2008 on The Learning Channel and Discovery Channel. The series followed renowned car designer Boyd Coddington and his crew as they built hot rods and custom vehicles at his wheel and car shop in La Habra, California. The show was known for its frequent rows, bust ups and staff departures. Some crew members went to work for Overhaulin's Chip Foose, a former partner of Coddington.

The series ended when Boyd Coddington died, following complications from surgery, in February 2008. The car shop closed on June 20, 2008.Custom built cars built during the series included the "Alumatub", 61 Impala Bubbletop, 63 Chevy Corvette Stingray and a 42 Woodie. In July 2007, the shop made an Elvis Tribute Car, a modified 1957 pink Cadillac, sponsored by Reese’s.

Andrew Comrie-Picard

Andrew Comrie-Picard (born April 28, 1971) is a Canadian race car driver, stunt driver, stunt coordinator, automotive journalist, and TV personality. He left a career as a New York City entertainment lawyer to pursue his passion for racing. He has won events in Europe and North America, including the 2006 Sno*Drift Rally in Michigan, the 2007 Rallye Perce-Neige in Quebec, the 2009 Rally Colorado, and the 2010 Oregon Trail Rally. In 2008 he won outright the Modern division of the Targa Newfoundland road rally in the competition debut of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, repeating the win in 2012. He won the 2009 North American Rally Cup championship overall in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.

Comrie-Picard competed in the inaugural rally car event at X Games 12 in 2006, and competed again at X Games 13 in 2007, X Games 14 in 2008, X Games 15 in 2009, and X Games 16 in 2010, making him one of four drivers (with Tanner Foust, Travis Pastrana, and Ken Block) to compete at the first five X Games where Rally Car Racing was featured. At X Games 16 he won the bronze medal in Rally Car Racing.He also has raced off-road trucks and in 2010 he competed in drifting, driving the Dodge Motorsports BFGoodrich Samuel Hubinette Racing Dodge Viper. Also in 2010, he entered the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb event where he crashed his Mitsubishi at Engineer's Corner. In 2011, after several seasons of rallying in the top-level AWD category, Comrie-Picard returned to rally competition in the 2WD category, campaigning a 2011 Scion xD in selected Rally America events. He also drove a Mark IV Toyota Supra to second place in the Modern division at Targa Newfoundland, after coming in sixth in the same car in 2010. He competed on the Baja 1000 desert race in 2011 and 2013 in a Class 10 Baja Challenge buggy for BFGoodrich; he and his team won the class in 2013. In 2012 and 2013 he continued to drive for Scion in Rally America competition, finishing 2nd in the 2WD category championship in both seasons. He also competed in the 2012 and 2013 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb with a version of the Scion xD. Coming off the successful 3-year development program with the Scion Rally Team, in January 2014 "ACP" moved over to Ford Racing and Team O'Neil, driving a Ford Fiesta ST developed by Team O'Neil and M-Sport to compete for the 2014 Rally America 2WD Championship. In July 2014, he secured the 2014 Rally America 2WD Championship with two events remaining, and in the 2014 season took five firsts, two seconds, and a third. He also secured seventeen consecutive podiums 2012-2014, and for only the second time in a decade of Rally America history, put a 2wd car on the overall national podium.In July 2017, Andrew Comrie-Picard returned to rally competition in the American Rally Association series New England Forest Rally, for the gravel rally debut of the Ford Focus RS developed by Team O'Neil. The new car, which had earlier competed for the first time at the Mount Washington Hill Climb, placed first in Production4WD class and fourth overall.Unusual for an automotive expert, he has five university degrees, including a B.A. from The University of Trinity College (University of Toronto), an M.A. from Trinity College, Oxford, and MBA and LL.B. (law) degrees from McGill University. He was a competitive rower at both Oxford and McGill.

In 1992 Comrie-Picard was appointed the Scribe, or head, of the Episkopon society at Trinity College, Toronto. Comrie-Picard took the society underground by disassociating with the College in 1992, after the administration demanded that Episkopon develop a constitution and Comrie-Picard refused. He told the Globe and Mail newspaper, "It's humour."He is a wine expert who worked in Bordeaux, France, ran the wine societies at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford, and competed on the Oxford University Blind Winetasting team.

His acting and television hosting centres on automobiles: he has co-hosted the Canadian Rally Championship on the CHUM and A-Channel networks, Targa Newfoundland on SpeedTV and Rogers Cable, hosted the reality show "War of the Wheels" on Global Television, and was an "extreme auto" correspondent for The New Drivers' Seat TV on CHUM and A-Channel. He co-hosted with car designer Chip Foose and fabricator Lou Santiago a show for the Discovery Channel called "Ultimate Car Buildoff". Ten episodes aired in the summer of 2010. In 2011, Comrie-Picard hosted a special called BattleXross on SpeedTV in which he sets up a stunt course for two top extreme drivers to compete on. The show aired several times in late 2011. In 2013 he hosted a series of Yahoo!Autos videos, and in 2014 he hosted a GranTurismo6 launch segment. He has co-hosted Ford's Truth About Trucks video series 2014-2017. In 2017, his auto build/stunt show "Car Saviors" aired on Discovery Channel; the pilot episode saw Comrie-Picard drift a 1977 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow that he and his co-host Brian Scotto had fitted with a new Mopar Hemi engine and other performance upgrades. Comrie-Picard was a Consulting Producer and Stunt Coordinator in several seasons of Top Gear USA on the History Channel and appears as a stunt driver in recent Tyler Perry, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Charlize Theron films, and in NCIS New Orleans. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Deora (custom car)

The Deora is a 1965 Dodge A100 pickup truck that was heavily customized by Mike and Larry Alexander in Detroit for the 1967 Detroit Autorama. After winning many awards, including the Ridler in 1967, it became the prototype for a Hot Wheels car, and plastic model kit. It was sold at auction in 2009 for $324,500.

Detroit Autorama

The Detroit Autorama, also known as America's Greatest Hot Rod Show, is a showcase of custom cars and hot rods held each year at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in either late February or early March.

It is promoted by Championship Auto Shows Incorporated (CASI) and hosted by Michigan Hot Rod Association (MHRA), part of the International Show Car Association (ISCA) schedule for the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series, which includes other prestigious show car events such as the Chicago World of Wheels and Houston Autorama.The Detroit Autorama is best known as home to the Don Ridler Memorial Award, which is presented to the "best in show" at each year's event, and has been won by many well-known car designers and builders, such as Chip Foose, Jerry Pennington, Troy Trepanier, and Bobby Alloway.

Drew Lachey

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Grand Master (custom car)

Grand Master is a customized 1935 Chevrolet built by Chip Foose for Wes Rydell. It won the Ridler Award at the 2002 Detroit Autorama.

Impact (custom car)

Impact is a custom-built 1934 Ford roadster built by Richard Berg. It won the 2001 America's Most Beautiful Roadster award.

List of people from Santa Barbara, California

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Lotus Europa

The Lotus Europa name is used on two distinct mid-engined GT coupé cars built by Lotus Cars. The original Europa and its variants comprise the Lotus Types 46, 47, 54, 65 and 74, and were produced between 1966 and 1975.

The name was later revived in the Type 121 Europa S, a Lotus Elise-derived design produced from 2006 to 2010.

Model Car Hall of Fame

The Model Car Hall of Fame is an annual awards ceremony for the die-cast toy, scale model and slot car industries.

MotorCity Casino Hotel

MotorCity Casino Hotel is a casino and hotel in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of three casino hotels in the city, and one of four in the Detroit–Windsor area. The $825 million complex incorporates a historic building that once housed the Wagner Baking Company, makers of Wonder Bread. The complex houses a 100,000 square-foot casino with approximately 2,800 slot machines, 59 table games, and two poker rooms; a 13,000-square-foot spa; 67,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; Sound Board, a live music theater with a capacity of 2,400 people; and a luxury hotel with 400 guest rooms and suites.

Opened by Mandalay Resort Group, MotorCity Casino Hotel was later purchased by Marian Ilitch of IH Gaming (Detroit Entertainment, LLC).

Detroit is one of the largest American cities and metropolitan regions to offer casino resort hotels.


Overhaulin' was an American automotive reality television series that ran for five seasons between 2004 and 2008 on TLC. After a four-year hiatus, sixth season premiered on October 2, 2012 on Velocity and Discovery (Cablevision).

Plymouth Prowler

The Plymouth Prowler, later the Chrysler Prowler, is a retro-styled production car manufactured and marketed from 1997 to 2002 by DaimlerChrysler, based on the 1993 concept car of the same name.

The Prowler was offered in a single generation in a front-engine, rear-drive, rear-transmission configuration — with an overall production of 11,702.


Ridemakerz (alternatively written "RIDEMAKERZ") is an American retailer of customizable toy cars. The business was started in 2007 by Larry Andreini, Chip Foose (of TLC Overhaulin'), and Maxine Clark (of Build-A-Bear Workshop).

Rides (U.S. TV series)

Rides is an automotive reality TV show produced for the TLC Network. The show's host is automobile enthusiast and amateur racer Jason Priestley. Rides debuted in the Summer of 2004 and became TLC's highest-rated series of the year.

Roland Sands

Roland Sands (born August 12, 1974) is an American motorcycle racer and designer of custom high-performance motorcycles. In his career as a professional motorcycle racer has won the 1998 AMA 250GP National Champion road racer championship. Sands is an award-winning designer of custom performance motorcycles, and owner and founder of Roland Sands Design.

The Stallion (custom car)

The Stallion is a customized 1934 Ford 3-window built by Chip Foose for Ron Whiteside. It won the Ridler Award at the 2003 Detroit Autorama.

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