MagnaFlow has released the above video featuring Chip Foose. The nearly five-minute long video, titled The Sound of Passion, puts viewers in the mind of Foose as he narrates and looks back on his life and career thus far, examining how he got to where he is today.
Foose, already an inductee into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, was recognized as the show’s Builder of the Decade during the show this past weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.
After 31 years of design, Foose has earned a lengthy list of accolades, including four Ridler Awards, eight America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards, seven Goodguys Street Rod of the Year awards, and the Best Custom Car at the 2014 NACE Expo. Foose has also been inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame, Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame, San Francisco Rod, Custom & Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Diecast Hall of Fame, Hot Rod Hall of Fame’s Circle of Champions, and the SEMA Hall of Fame.
The video places viewers in the mind of Foose and allows them to experience first-hand the calling Foose felt for automotive design from a young age. In the video, Foose recalls spending countless hours in the shop with his father, Sam Foose, repairing vehicles by day and building hot rods by night. Although it has been nearly 50 years since the days spent in his father’s shop, the soundtrack of noises from the garage are vividly engrained in his mind to this day. Foose remembers watching his father sketch vehicle designs and the sound of the pencils on the paper. Naturally, he began to emulate his father’s sketches which further fueled his passion from a young age and ultimately led him to attend the Art Center College of Design where he continued to hone his craft.
Sam Foose died in November.
After working as the staff designer and fabricator for the Asha Corp. where he was ultimately promoted to director of design, Foose officially started his own company, Foose Design, in 1989.
Since the conceptualization of Foose Design, he has continued to sketch and build revolutionary vehicles. His vision and craftsmanship earned him a hit TV series, Overhaulin’, which only continued to attract more fans and build the legacy of Chip Foose through the years.