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Foose to Be Honored at Petersen Museum

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in automotive design, Foose Design and its founder, legendary designer and TV personality Chip Foose, will be featured 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.

After three decades in design, Chip Foose is excited to celebrate the anniversary with the display at the Petersen. “I’m thrilled to return to the Petersen Automotive Museum!” says Chip. “It’s hard to believe this has been my life’s work for 30 years and I can’t think of a better way to bring some of my best pieces – and colleagues - together to make this milestone so much more meaningful. I am grateful to all the people I’ve come across and the design opportunities I’ve been afforded all these years and this display will be a true reflection of my passion in making this my life’s work.”

“Chip Foose has been a true trendsetter in automotive design and what better place to honor him than at The Petersen,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director, Terry Karges. “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. We have several Foose designs in the Petersen permanent collection already, and we look forward to hosting Chip and showcasing his work at this wonderful event.”

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:

Location: Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

8am – Display Opens

· Chip Foose “Hot Rod” cruise in

· Chip Foose will pick the “Best in Show,” “Best Modern Hot Rod,” and “Best Classic Hot Rod”

10am – Chip’s famed designs on display

· Guests make their way to the lobby to view some of Chip’s greatest work 10:30am – 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 

11:30am – 12:30pm – Autograph Session in front of the Petersen store

The list of Foose vehicles to be showcased in the Petersen Automotive Museum so far is as follows:

  • 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.
  • 39 Cadillac Never before seen publically, this will be the reveal of a newly designed vehicle for Wes and Vivian Rydell. Pushing the limits of design and Craftsmanship, Chip has re-imagined a design first done by Art Ross in 1935 as a concept drawing for a 1937 Cadillac Sixty Special. The car has been re-bodied as a 2-door Coupe with a removable hard top – and it started as a 1939 Cadillac Sixty Special 4-door. This is a must see