Petersen Automotive Museum to Honor Foose This Weekend

Jul 20, 2016

*See the making of Foose’s “Imposter” 1965 Chevy Impala in the below video

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in automotive design, Foose Design and its founder, legendary designer and TV personality Chip Foose, will be honored in an event at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on July 23. The special one-day display will focus on the Southern California native’s automotive design work and his impact on popular culture, and will feature Foose designed vehicles from both The Petersen and private collections, as well as a panel discussion with design legends from the industry.

“Chip Foose has been a true trendsetter in automotive design and what better place to honor him than at The Petersen,” said Terry Karges, Petersen Automotive Museum executive director. “Our mission is to educate the public on the history, future and culture of the automobile, and Chip Foose and his work are woven into all three.”

The July 23 display format will consist of a cruise-in for fans to showcase their own hot rods, a display of Chip’s top project models, as well as a panel discussion with leading industry professionals. The day will close with an autograph session with Chip. The display details are as follows:

  • 8 a.m.-Display Opens; Hot Rod cruise-in
  • 10 a.m.-Guests will view some of Foose’s greatest work in the lobby
  • 10:30 a.m.-Panel Discussion in Mullin Grand Salon

Panelists include:

  • Jay Ward, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Don Voth, owner of the Imposter
  • Stewart Reed, Instructor at Art Center

Some of the Foose vehicles to be on display include:

  • Green Hemisfear-Part supercar, part custom and part hot rod, Hemisfear is perhaps the most renowned Foose vehicle. It’s a culmination of a 16 year personal dream for Chip, this unique design became the inspiration for the Plymouth Prowler.
  • Imposter-This 1965 Chevy Impala is not what it appears. Underneath the heavily modified skin sits a C6 Corvette. This is a state-of-the-art engineering and performance platform, built for Don and Elma Voth.