Chip Foose


Join industry legend Chip Foose at the 3M Automotive Aftermarket booth in the outside front lot on Tuesday, November 5th, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. and Wednesday, November 6th from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. as he demonstrates 3M products. Foose is owner and chief designer of Foose Design and star of Velocity’s “Overhaulin’.” Chip is also a spokesperson for 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division.

Awards and Recognition
Chip Foose has won widespread recognition for the excellence and originality of his automotive designs and creations.

Earlier this year, Foose was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame, Circle of Champions.

In November 1997, Chip became the youngest person to be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. Additionally, Chip 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, and the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005. Chip has also won the following awards for his work:

  • America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2006. Some of these cars were designed by Foose and completed by other builders including such as Boyd Coddington, Barry White, and Bobby Alloway.
  • Detroit Autorama Ridler Award in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
  • The Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award in the years 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001.

About Chip
Chip Foose was born in Santa Barbara, California October 13, 1963. Chip began working on automobiles at age seven for his father’s company (Project Design). Encouraged by Ford and Preston Tucker designer Alex Tremulis, Chip started to attend the Art Center College of Design in 1982, however dropped out after two years due to financial difficulties.

After working for four years at ASHA Corp., Chip returned to the Art Center to complete his education. After graduating in 1990, Chip worked full-time for Sterenberger Design and part-time for Boyd Coddington. In 1993, Chip resigned from Sterenberger to work for J Mays at Ford, however Coddington was able to convince Chip to work for him instead. Working for Coddington full-time, Chip 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 the Boydster I and II.

In 1998, Chip went out on his own and opened up Foose Design in Huntington Beach, California, where he now builds amazing custom cars for private and commercial clientele. The company and his name grew to new frontiers. In 2000, he and MHT Luxury Wheels signed an agreement to produce a line of Foose Wheels.

Then, in 2002, The Discovery Channel decided to film a documentary on building a modified ’02 Ford Thunderbird called the Speedbird for the SEMA Show, and the segment was played frequently on the network. Chip gained more exposure in 2003 as a result of a TLC documentary on his design and creation of the Thunderbird. In 2004, the TLC program Overhaulin’ began to air with Chip as the star of show. That show now airs on a different Discovery owned channel, Velocity.

In 2006, Chip 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. JL Full Throttle produced many of Chip’s famous, award winning designs like Grand Master and Impression. Also replicated were a number of cars from Overhaulin’. Announced at the SEMA Show in 2006 was a partnership between Foose and Ford Motor Company to produce Foose designed Ford vehicles, the first of which was shown at the 2007 New York Auto Show.

Chip was also 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.

Chip also finds time to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Progeria Research Foundation, California Chapter. (Foose’s youngest sister died of Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome.)

Chip and his wife Lynne live in Southern California with their two children Brock and Katie.