Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Foose on FOOSE!

In a relatively short career, I have created a legacy of designs and accomplishments that are well beyond my years. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara California and automobiles were definitely in my blood. My first job was working for my father's company where I specialized in project design. By age twelve, I already had five years experience under my belt, and had also painted my first car; a Porsche 356. Early on, a chance meeting from Alex Tremulus, the designer of the "Tucker", was actually my motivation to attend Art Center, where I majored in automotive product design and graduated in 1990 with honors. My career profile is staggering; in 1986 I was Staff Designer/ Fabricator for the Asha Corporation, eventually becoming director of design in 1989. I was responsible for conceptualizing new proprietary ideas and fabrication of prototypes for the O.E.M.'s Other work has included: Stehrenberger Design as an automotive designer, creating colored illustrations and conceptual models, Baker Sportronics, as chief designer and fabricator of both models and prototypes of electric vehicles to be used in the NFL and NBL, and of course, going to work with my father and Project Design, designing and building street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for films such as Blade Runner, Robo Cop, and Gone in 60 Seconds, which featured "Elinor". November 1990 brought about the beginning of a relationship with Boyd Coddington and Hot Rods by Boyd, becoming a full time position in 1993, which lead to Managing Director where I eventually became the President of Hot Rods by Boyd. Also i am widely acclaimed for my "Boyd Look" design and creative skills, was responsible for many internationally known vehicles such as: Roadster, Sportstar, Boydster I and II, and Boyd Air to name a few. My venture with Boyd however, ended in 1998. At this time me and my wife Lynne started our Huntington Beach, California based company Foose Design, an automotive and product design Development Company. My company specializes in illustration, graphics, ideation model making, surfacing and complete construction of automobiles and automotive related products. These products are available to private individuals, television, film and the automobile manufactures. In November of 1997, I was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at Peterson Publishing's 50th anniversary held at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This induction made history for me, being the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at the age of 31. In 1998, I was honored at the SMRA banquet and was the first recipient of the Good Guys Trendsetter Award, once again creating another historic moment in the Hot Rod industry. In 1999, I won the prestigious AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster) Award at the 50th Anniversary of the Grand National Roadster Show with Fred Warren's "Shock Wave". Similarly, in 2000 I won the AMBR again with Chuck Svatos' "0032". Overall, I have been involved with six different AMBR winners, including the 1995 winner the "Smoothster", the 1996 winner "Boydster", the 2001 winner "Impact" (designed by me and finished by Barry White), and the 2003 winner "Boydster II' (designed by me and finished by Bobby Alloway). The new millennium also meant new endeavors for me. In January of 2000 I signed a licensing agreement with MHT Luxury Alloys, allowing me to start the production of Foose Wheels. The Millennium was proving to be quite prosperous. I won the coveted 2002 "Ridler" Award at the 50th Anniversary Show of the Detroit Autorama with Bob and Wes Rydell's 35 Chevy Master, otherwise known as the "Grand Master". The year of 2002 was very exciting for me as I was inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame. The end of the year closed with a bang for me and my highly acclaimed staff at Foose Design when the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary, which aired repetitively on the TLC network in March of 2003. The documentary featured several of my award winning vehicles, but the show's focus was to give the viewers a chance to witness my visionary talents come to life with a re-design of the 2002 Thunderbird. The redesigned Thunderbird otherwise known as the "Speedbird" received another award for me, as it made its debut at the 2002 SEMA show in Las Vegas, where I was presented the "Best of Show" award from Ford Motor Company. The year 2003 was equally exciting for me. I was honored once again with an induction into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame. This year was filled with enthusiasm, especially when I received a second "Ridler" award at the Detroit Autorama, which featured Ron Whitesides 34' Mercury Stallion. 2003 came to its pinnacle when I embarked upon a new venture, designing clothing and accessories featuring many of his award winning cars. Throughout the course of my career I have been honored to receive the Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award seven times, and my cars include: 1990 a 32 two door sedan, 1991 a 29 two door sedan and 40 delivery for Dick Mattiolli, 1995 a three window coupe for Bud Simes, 1997 a 39 Chevy Coupe built by Troy Trepanior of "Rad Ride by Troy" named the "Predator", 1999 a 54 belvedere also built by troy at "Rad Ride by Troy" named the "Sniper", and last but not least, in 2001 I received the Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award featuring the "Grand Master". 2004 proved to be as exhilarating as the past years, I have started a television series called "Overhaulin", which began airing on the TLC network late April of 2004, please check your local programming for details. 2005 opened with me being inducted into the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Me and my wife Lynne reside in Southern California with our two children, son Brock; born September 1st 1999, and daughter Katie; born February 16th 2004.