Monday, December 26, 2005

Chip Foose

One of my most favourite shows on TV is “Rides” on the Discovery channel. What I love about this show is the way that people take run-down cars that would have been otherwise destined for the scrap yard, and turn them into beautiful and amazing creations of automotive art.

Chip Foose

It was on one of the series that I was introduced to Chip Foose and his amazing designs. Now a legend, Chip was the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at the young age of 31.

He has also won the prestigious AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster) Award twice – in 1999 and 2000. he was also involved with six different AMBR winners, including the 1995 winner the "Smoothster", the 1996 winner "Boydster", the 2001 winner "Impact" (designed by Chip and finished by Barry White), and the 2003 winner "Boydster II' (designed by Chip and finished by Bobby Alloway).

This year Chip was inducted into the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

He has designed and built street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for films such as Blade Runner, RoboCop, and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Currently he is operating Foose Design, an automotive and product design company specializing in illustration, graphics, surfacing, and complete construction of automobiles and automotive-related products. He also stars in TLC’s series "Overhaulin”, which began in April 2004.

Check out his designs here.

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