Internationally acclaimed automotive designer and master fabricator Chip Foose, President and Founder of Foose Design, Inc., is celebrating his 30th year in design in 2016. The Hot Rod Hall of Famer best known for his starring role on TLC’s and Velocity Channel’s reality television show “Overhaulin’,” plans to commemorate this milestone by embarking on exciting new design projects in 2016.
It has been said that without Chip, the attention and excitement of the custom car and automotive design scene may not have reached the heights of attention it has over the last three decades. He was a student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where his graduation project was a Chrysler-sponsored niche-market design concept called the Hemisfear. The Hemisfear is said by many to be the inspiration, behind the Plymouth Prowler.
Chip then began his career in 1986 as a staff designer and fabricator for ASHA Corporation, conceptualizing new proprietary ideas and fabrications of prototypes for OEMs. His talent and perseverance paved the road to Hot Rods by Boyd where his success led to the role of president of the company where the term the “Boyd Look,” was coined, marking his distinct design stamp on internationally-known vehicles, the Boydster I and II, the Boyd Air, and Roadster, among others.
Son of legendary custom rod builder, Sam Foose, Chip, has been steeped in car design since his early childhood and he’s just as passionate about his creations today as he was then. In three decades, Chip’s style has always been one both remarkable and entirely his own. His designs are subtle and understated and, uniquely Chip, he starts his designs from the smallest details and then builds around it; embracing the details that speak truest to the project and then aligning every piece of the puzzle to bring his projects to complete design.
Chip’s design career has been, and continues to be, dynamic and authentic. He has been a lead customizer in Hollywood, building studio cars for films like “Blade Runner” and “Gone in 60 Seconds”. He was handpicked by John Lassiter to join the Disney Animation and Pixar design family to contribute to the paint schemes and graphic treatments for the “Cars” and “Cars 2” films, and those same designs are embodied, and were personally applied by Chip and his crew at Disney’s California Adventure’s “Cars Land” theme park.
Although 30 years in design is something significant to celebrate, Chip’s career is just revving up. His achievements so far are vast; youngest inductee into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame, won the coveted “Ridler” Award four times at the Detroit Autorama, has been instrumental in designing and/or building eight America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Awards, first recipient of the Good Guys Trendsetter Award, honored on numerous occasions by the Grand National Roadster Hall of Fame, the San Francisco Rod Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the Diecast Hall of Fame and many more.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years!” says Foose. “I’ve grown up with an unbridled passion for this stuff, thanks largely to my dad, so getting to make this my life’s work and being a part of Overhaulin’ and other incredible design teams makes this milestone so much more meaningful. I’m so grateful every day to do this and to have been given the opportunity to design some incredible pieces for clients, from private auto manufactures to entertainment giants like Pixar and Disney Animation.”