In the Flesh: The 1970 Foose Dodge Challenger

Earlier this year, Foose Design and Unique Performance announced a teamup to build a limited-edition 1970 Dodge Challenger. Say hello to their little car. Production of the E-body throwbacks — which are built on the bones of original 1970 and 1971 Challengers — started midyear, with the first series model planned to… » 11/06/06 9:08am 11/06/06 9:08am

SEMAture Ejaculation: Foose's CNN Hummer

Chip Foose must have lost a bar bet he made with Boyd Coddington and got stuck building a Hummer for CNN. The "Warrior One" appears to be a salute to the reporters covering the Iraq war, though it may alternatively refer to Wolf Blitzer's "blitzkrieg" career path during which he stuck a butter knife into Bernard… » 10/30/06 12:25pm 10/30/06 12:25pm

Foose and Crew Overhaul an A-Bone

It's actually been a while since we've checked out an episode of Overhaulin', but this build seems pretty cool. After shunning '20s and '30s iron for most of the show's run, Foose and the crew decided to build the type of car that made him famous in the first place — a hot rod. After hijacking the vehicle from its… » 9/15/06 2:00pm 9/15/06 2:00pm

Chip Foose and Unique Performance to Build '70 Challenger Homage

Chip Foose, customizer, illustrator, artist (and all-around decent guy), is extending his association with Unique Performance — builder of six-figure custom muscle-car (don't-call-them) reproductions, like the Foose '69 Camaro, Foose Stallion Mustang and Shelby GT.500E Super Snake. The two are planning to give the… » 6/13/06 2:00pm 6/13/06 2:00pm

Foose Unveils 'Hemisfear'

Chip Foose must live in alternate dimension with roughly three times the hours that most of us experience in a day. It's the only way we can explain how the man can take on so many projects, make so many appearances and appear on television so often. Then again, we've rarely encountered Chip when he wasn't on the… » 4/05/06 7:16pm 4/05/06 7:16pm

The Foose P-32: What Could've Been

Chip Foose has always been a guy who's generally nailed his own renderings. He draws something, and then blammo, it's made flesh in steel. But we feel like he missed the mark with his P-32. It really should've been more "Foose-y," for lack of a better word, instead of the mishmash of Foosification and aged rod that… » 3/07/06 3:03pm 3/07/06 3:03pm

It's Not a Tumor! Mr. Foose Builds a Trad Rod

Waggish wag and a man who knows a thing or three about the way a hot rod's s'posed to look, Iowahawk, exclaimed upon seeing Foose's P-32 roadster, "That hi-buck 'traditional' roadster of his looks like it has a gigantic forehead tumor." We understand that Chip was going for the whole WWII fighter look, but yeah, that… » 3/06/06 9:59pm 3/06/06 9:59pm

Why We Like Chip Foose

We don't know Chip very well, but he was always really cool to us when we were a struggling hack. One of our favorite memories came from the night before the Grand National Roadster Show a few years back. Chip was displaying his then-recently-finished Speedbird, and he was out there on the carpet, in his socks,… » 1/25/06 3:46pm 1/25/06 3:46pm

Foose Wins America's Most Beautiful Roadster

For those of you not of the hot rodding persuasion, there're two historically important shows that shine above all others the Detroit Autorama and the Grand National Roadster Show. To win the big Don Ridler Memorial award, it doesn't matter if the car's a roadster or not, but it has to debut at the show. Foose has… » 1/24/06 9:21pm 1/24/06 9:21pm

The Sam's Club Camaro by Foose?

Okay, so this one's a little incongruous. Don Pardo, fill us in, yo? Unique Performance, known for building the Shelby Continuation Series Mustangs, has teamed up with Chip Foose to build a run of '69 Camaros. Wal-Mart membership-warehouse spawn Sam's Club has procured the right to sell one of these Foosified… » 11/07/05 1:16pm 11/07/05 1:16pm

Whose Deuce? Chip's Deuce! Foose Builds a Rat Rod?

One thing that bugs the snot out of us about the rodding hobby is that it's dominated by old, out-of-touch types who operate roughly eight to ten years behind the curve. F'rinstance, last year, the Detroit Autorama folks pulled a page from Rick Perry's San Francisco Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show and designated an… » 9/29/05 2:02pm 9/29/05 2:02pm

Chip Foose to Appear at Route 66 Rendezvous

A few years ago, a friend of ours won the Chip Foose Design Excellence award at the Grand National Roadster show. When Foose presented him with the award onstage, our friend leaned over, pointed at the trophy a two-foot black-anodized pencil milled from aluminum billet and quietly said to him, "This is what my dick… » 9/15/05 11:12am 9/15/05 11:12am

More On the Foose Stallion Mustang

We reported last week on the Foose Mustang Stallion, which at the time we thought was a one-off like his Speedbird of a couple years ago. Autoweek reveals that the car will actually be available through 85 selected Ford dealerships, built in runs up to 3,000, depending on demand. However, as we mentioned previously,… » 8/22/05 12:23pm 8/22/05 12:23pm

Paging Owen Wilson: The Foose Mustang Stallion

But would the Butterscotch Stallion be seen in the Foose Stallion? (Oh, how we love you, brother Defamer.) Or would there just be too much in the way of carefree, rip-snorting equine testosterone for Southern California to handle? It almost seems more like a vehicle for the aging Italian Stallion. Perhaps in his … » 8/19/05 9:08am 8/19/05 9:08am

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a Foose Impression: Chip's '36…


As Boyd Coddington was to the 1980s, Chip Foose is to the current decade, but perhaps even more dominant. "Impression," Foose's third Detroit Autorama Don Ridler Memorial Memorial Award winner since the clock flipped '00, is an obscenely detailed '36 Ford roadster. However, musing on the amount of actual Ford » 8/15/05 2:59pm 8/15/05 2:59pm