Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Muscle Car Video featuring Foose

Ok, I found this awesome video on youtube. It is packed with some of the most recognized muscle cars of all time. Charger, Mustang, Cuda, Challenger, Trans Am (like my old one, but mine didn't have the T-top), Camaro SS, Road Runner w/Hemi, Corvette super modified, and low riders!

For those of you that might not be familiar with Chip Foose, here's a little history:
Foose began working on automobiles at age seven for his father's company, Project Design, in Santa Barbara, California.

Foose graduated in 1990 from the Art Center College of Design and worked full-time for Sterenberger Design and part-time for Boyd Coddington (a fellow Idahoan, known for his radical Hot Rod designs and Discovery channel show “American Hot Rod"). In 1993, Foose resigned from Sterenberger to work for J Mays at Ford, however Coddington was able to convince Foose to work for him instead. Working for Coddington full-time, Foose eventually became the president of Coddington's company Hot Rods by Boyd. While working for Coddington, Foose designed many of Coddington's well known creations such as the Boydster I and II.

Foose gained more exposure in 2003 as a result of a TLC documentary on his design and creation of a modified 2002 Ford Thunderbird called the Speedbird. In 2004, the TLC program Overhaulin' began to air with Foose as the star of show. At the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, a unique 1969 Foose Designed Camaro Convertible was displayed, to be produced in a 500 car run by Unique Performance of Dallas Texas. Press releases following this period announced UP would also be handling the marketing of Foose's other custom car lines, including Hemisfear, along with the Foose 2006 Mustang Stallion.

Foose launched a line of die cast replicas of many of his famous designs partnering with the makers of Johnny Lightning in the creation of JL Full Throttle. JL Full Throttle produced many of Foose's famous, award winning designs like Grand Master and Impression. The Impression subsequently won the prestigious Riddler prize. Also replicated were a number of cars from Overhaulin'. Announced at the(SEMA) show in 2006 was a pact between Foose and Ford to produce Foose designed Ford vehicles, the first of which was shown at the 2007 New York Auto Show.

In 2007, Foose began limited production (50 vehicles in total) of the Hemisfear. Also known as the Foose Coupe, the Hemisfear was designed by Foose in 1990 during his time at the Art Center and public unveiled at the SEMA trade show in November 2006. An earlier design drawing of the Hemisphere served as the inspiration for the Plymouth Prowler. The 2007 Hemisfear was commissioned by a new die cast model car company JL Full Throttle which had partnered with Foose to build both the real Hemisfear and scale models of the car.
A Foose Coupe was sold along with a design consultation with Foose at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Palm Beach, Florida at the end of March 2007. The 1st Foose Coupe Supercar was auctioned for $330,000; sold to Atlanta vintage car dealer and avid car collector Roger Burgess.

Here is a video of the "Hemisfear" 500 Horsepower!

For more information on Chip Foose, visit his website!

I hope you enjoy the video.