Who’s Chip Foose?
Chip Foose was born on the 13th October 1963, in Santa Barbara, California USA, and is an automobile designer, perhaps best known to the world for his appearance in the reality TV series “Overhaulin’”. He has also gained world fame while working for Hot Rods by Boyd, and as the owner of his own automobile design company Foose Design.
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Early Life and Education
The son of an automobile designer, Chip followed in his father’s footsteps. Working with his father on cars from when he was seven years old, deep into his adulthood, and later making it a professional career. Interested in automobile designs, he had his first Porsche 365 before he reached his teen years, even using his own creative ideas for painting the car.
After he finished high school, he enrolled at the Art Center College of Design, but had to quit his studies as the college was too expensive for young Chip. However, he didn’t flunk out of his dreams, and after working for several years for Clenet Coachworks, he earned enough money to finish his education and finally obtain his degree.
While in college, Chip was an employee of several companies, including Asha Corporation, and then after he graduated, he found a place at Sterenberger Design, while also worked part-time for Boyd Coddington. Three years later, he left Sterenberger as he received a much better offer from J Mays, and joined Ford. However, destiny had other plans for Chip, and leaving Ford, Chip became a full-time member of the Boyd Coddington design team. Gradually, his role at there increased, and he eventually became the president of the Hot Rods by Boyd department.
57 BelAir update – Cut the wheel wells to allow for the fabrication of mini-tubs. This will give us space for a wider rear tire. Notice the original factory stamping line has been continued. on the new mini-tubs. #foose #foosedesign pic.twitter.com/wfrDaQdCsA
— Chip Foose (@chipfoose) March 12, 2018
Rise to Fame
While serving as the president of Hot Rods, Chip was mainly responsible for designing such successful creations as Boydster I and Boydster II, and also working on Boyd Air. His success at Hot Rods lasted until 1998, when the department went bankrupt, but that wasn’t Chip’s fault nor Boyd’s, as the company couldn’t cover the loss of $465,000 caused by a bankrupt customer. The whole company re-organized, but unfortunately there was no place for Chip.
So Chip then started his own company, Foose Design, which quickly became known for the complete design and construction of cars, enjoying success in no time, and in 2003 Chip and the whole team reached stardom when they were featured in the TLC documentary “Speedbird”. The subject of the film was Chip’s own redesign of the famous Ford Thunderbird model, which he named Speedbird. This led to a further collaboration with TLC in the form of a reality TV series “Overhaulin’”.
The show follows Chip on his daily professional operations in his company. Aired from 2004 to 2008, it significantly increased Chip’s popularity. He was able to launch his own car, named Hemisfear, which achieved a price of $340,000 at auction when bought by Roger Burgess, the famous car owner and collector. Ultimately, Chip sold around 50 cars. The series was canceled in 2008 but in 2012 it was renewed by Velocity network and its sister channel Discovery, and in the new format the series lasted until 2015. Since then, Chip has continued his business rather successfully, collaborating with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, the Big Three automakers.
Many Many Awards
Thanks to his devotion and success, Chip received a number of prestigious awards and honors; he was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame in 1997, the youngest person ever, and was also inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame in 2002; furthermore, he was also inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame in 2003. He is the recipient of the Ridler Award in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2015, and has received the Most Beautiful Roadster Award eight times, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2014, among many other awards.
How Rich is Chip Foose?
Chip made his way into the automobile industry, and has become successful in making his own cars, and has also collaborated with the Big Three automakers. This has largely influenced his net worth, so let’s see how rich Foose is – according to authoritative sources, his wealth is estimated at $18.5 million, as of early 2018.
Life Behind the Scene
Chip is a married man who still resides in Southern California, with his wife Lynne with their son Brock and daughter Katie.
Chip has given a little something to the community; he has supported a number of philanthropic organizations, being the vice-chairman of the Progeria Research Foundation California Chapter – Chip experienced a family tragedy when his sister passed away from consequences of the Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Furthermore, Chip has also supported a number of charities that focus on improving the lives of children, including Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Social Media Presence
Chip has managed to expand his influence from TV to the internet, and amass a total fan base of around 1.5 million people. His Twitter account has more than 140,000 followers, while his official Instagram account and Facebook page have more than 650,000 followers each. He has mostly used his accounts to promote his work and bring the public closer to his ideas; Chip just started working on the 1969 Camaro, which you can see on his Twitter account, among many other projects.
New shop project! This 1969 Camaro will get the restomod treatment with a @Roadster_Shop chassis, LT4 engine/4speed auto, mini-tubs and one-off Foose Design wheels. Body and interior will be stock in appearance but redone with new leather and custom @RefinishNews #Glasurit paint. pic.twitter.com/aVe7zEeYb0
— Chip Foose (@chipfoose) March 29, 2018
So, if you are not already a fan, this is a great chance to start following one of the most successful car designers of the present day.