Chip Foose is an American automobile designer best known for starring in Velocity’s reality series, Overhaulin’.
He was born on October 13, 1963, in Santa Barbara, California to Sam Foose and Terry Foose.
Foose started working on automobiles at age 7 for his father’s company, Project Design.
Inspired by designers Preston Tucker and Alex Tremulis, he attended Art Center College of Design in 1982.
He dropped out of college after two years due to financial difficulties and completed his graduation after 8 years.
In the early 1990s, he worked for Stehrenberger Design and Ford Motors.
Later, he became the president of Boyd Coddington’s company, Hot Rod by Boyd, where he designed famous cars like Boydster I and II.
He became the youngest person to be Hot Rod Hall of Fame inductee in 1997.
In 1998, after Hot Rods by Boyd went bankrupt, he started his own automotive company called Foose Design.
His departure from Boyd’s company wasn’t amicable because other builders also followed him on his new company.
Foose gained high exposure in 2003 for his design and creation of a modified 2002 Ford Thunderbird called Speedbird.
A year later, the TLC series Overhaulin’ began to air with Foose as the main cast of the show.
The series ran for five seasons from 2004 to 2008 on TLC and after a four-year hiatus, season 6-9 was aired on Velocity and Discovery channels.
In 2006, he launched a line of diecast replicas of many of his popular designs partnering with Johnny Lightning’s creators.
He was 2009 Diecast Hall of Fame inductee and is a 7-time Most Beautiful Roadster Award winner.
As of now, he continues to operate Foose Design and provides design consultation to the Big Three automakers.
He has accumulated a huge net worth of $18.5 million.
He has been married to Lynne Foose for a long time.
The couple resides in Southern California with their two kids, Katie and Brock.