Chip Foose’s inspiration subject of MagnaFlow video

Star designer/builder remembers his father’s shop and his college days

Custom car designer and builder Chip Foose and the inspiration he draws from his late father is the subject of MagnaFlow’s latest The Sound of Passion video spotlight, which debuted at the recent 2019 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.

Foose was honored as the Builder of the Decade at the show. The video takes him back to his father’s garage and to his own formal education at the Art Center College of Design.

Foose worked briefly in the Ford Motor Co. design studio. Since leaving, he has designed four Ridler Award-winning cars, eight vehicles that have won America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards, and seven Goodguys Street Rod of the Year winners.

“In the wake of his father, Sam Foose’s, passing, 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,” MagnaFlow said in introducing the video.

“In the video, Foose recalls spending countless hours in the shop with his father 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.”

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  • Larry Moskowitz
    February 5, 2019, 6:05 AM

    Nice tribute to his father from a very talented, hands on designer-custom car builder.