• Mar 29, 2005

At the 53rd AutoRama in Detroit earlier this month, Chip Foose was presented the Don Ridler Memorial Award for the third time in four years. The Ridler Cup is given to the car voted "best in show" at the AutoRama, which highlights many stunning street rods. The winning car was 1936 Ford Roadster that was given the full Foose. Chip Foose has become more of a household name thanks to the rash of reality shows cluttering the airways. His show, Overhaulin', is on the Discovery Channel.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      It wouldn't suprise me if "Paul" was Boyd Coddington. LMAO!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It wouldn't suprise me if "Paul" was Boyd Coddington. LMAO!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      #4 Couldn't agree with your comments more. Amazing talent that Chip Foose.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, AHR is a show I love to hate. The latest show I noticed Al was back and Mike got canned for making rims for Foose. Good for him, Boyd is a f***stick. They should also leave the chopper building to OCC or Jesse James. Paul Senior might yell but at least we know that he can build a bike. I am not sure if Boyd could, he messed up drilling a hole for the stearing column on one of the shows. Certainly wouldn't want him doing much more than double checking the tightness of screws. As for Foose, he is a builder and an artist. Watching him draw a car is amazing, the color, detail is just beautiful. Hopefully Charlie is learning even more about how to paint a car,(he was doing a great job, don't get me wrong!!) because the learning at Boyd's was done long ago if at all, in the end it was just survival. I know I always enjoy learning new techniques and styles and I can only imagine that Charlie does too. Just my $.02, Dave
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just watched the episode showing Charlie's departure tonight, too. Charlie was a class act that treated everyone well and put in 110%. Yes, Boyd let him live at his house for 2 years, but I believe that if Boyd really cared for Charlie he'd have supported his personal development. IMO, a great boss is someone who doesn't want to lose you but wants you to have new experiences and keeps the door open for you. What did he expect -- that Charlie would stay with him for the rest of his life? Or become an accountant to avoid working for his competition? It was just ridiculous. I think it's quite evident that Boyd is terribly insecure and paranoid. He always seems to think that everyone is trying to cheat or trick him. He doesn't understand that his guys are not robots. They need to be be encouraged by good, positive managers, not pushed around and yelled at. They need consistent project support, rather than being expected to work at a ridiculous pace AND have to take care of all the planning at the same time. They need reasonable deadlines so they're not pushed to their physical limits. I think it's really unfortunate that Boyd couldn't do the honourable thing and thank Charlie for the work he did. He didn't have to offer to keep the door open -- I'll give him that. But he didn't have to be so rude with Charlie after all Charlie did for him. Boyd needs to get counselling for his insecurity issue. Meanwhile, I'm going to start watching Chip's show.
      Ed
      • 9 Years Ago
      If you want to expose Boyd Coddington for the fraud that he is, put Foose up against Coddington, not the workers, put them one on one and see who can build the best car. Hell, I would bet Coddington can't even use a wrench as well as Foose. People who have insecurities act like Coddington does, use tactics like bullying to keep from being exposed. He knows he's a fraud, and has to create this loyalty thing to keep people from finding him out. I am particularly amazed by his condescending attitude toward taking his employees places. He acts like he is the hero in his own movie when takes them to places that are horrible. He is a joke... Duane is a HUGE SUCKASS! Oh my God! This guy's head would go right up Coddington's ass if he stopped short. Duane is a sniveling little weasel and has not an ounce of manhood left... How bad did Coddington's wife want to bang Charlie? Can you imagine how great it was for that young thing to be hugging a real man? She must have felt him up one side and down the other just to get her hands on someone not wearing Depends undergarments. Oh, wait, I forgot, she married Boyd because he's handsome... NOT! Sorry to see Charlie treated like that...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Seems to me Mr. Coddington has issues and lots of baggage. The second I saw the crabby, old ex-wife working the office and the new blonde riding shotgun it was obvious he put the FUN back in disFUNctional. Charlie came across as a true artisan who worked a heck of a lot harder than most folks, trying to please someone who could not appreciate it. They just re-aired the Charlie departure show and looking in Coddington's eyes showed true hate and concern for no one but himself. Maybe that was the formula for success in a different time but not any more. I hope he enjoys his ride into the sunset, he did advance the art of hot rods after all. Sayonara, Mr. Coddington, don't let the door hit you in the arse. Yes, editing can change the storyline but it can't create emotion that isn't there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh, and for what it's worth, Blue Bear had it coming. Sure it was his frame, but who do you think would have gotten his ass sued if it wrecked due to an obviously dangerous design? That's right, Boyd's ass. Blue Bear needed a lesson and needed to grow up a bit.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It was sad to see Charlie go from AHR I hope to see him in season 3 of Overhaulin' As far as Boyd is concerned, it's almost shamefull to have so many good people leave his shop...remember, Jesse James also worked for Boyd! (Verified on Jesse's bio at Monster Garage) Who knows, maybe Charlie will get his own show like "Paint My Car"!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Keith brought up a good point. He was talking about leadership starts at the top of the ranks. Foose always says "Lead by example". Boyd doesnt do any of that at all. He just walks around or rides his skooter in his Hawaiian shirt bossing people around.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This post is specifically addressed to Rob and anyone else who thinks that the show is only produced to make there appear to be drama. The fact is that there MUST be drama in that shop. Several of you have mentioned that you like OCC and respect their work even with the bickering. Well it takes OCC 6 weeks or more to make a simple show bike(not the general production). Those bikes can take up to 12 weeks for certain ones with proper paint and chrome. Keep in mind also that they are ordering most of their frames, engines, gas tanks, oiltanks, transmissions and fenders and only modifying them the sheet metal parts. This really cuts down on time fabricating. For Boyd to have the reputation he does he should be making most of the car from scratch and when starting with a body shell every panel ought to be modified. This takes thousands of hours to do. As a reference a pro shop building a prefab hot rod or making a minor custom out of one takes around 1500 hours. A hot rod is much more complex than a chopper and the time it takes must be alocated accordingly. Chip built this Riddler winner in 6 years. Once a Night owned by Chris Tittus took over a year to complete. So explain to me how Boyd can make a comparable car in 6 to 8 weeks? It simply is not possible. He has so many guys working on it that they trip over each other. and in order to make these rediculous deadlines they have to cut evey corner possible while still making the car "look good." I assure you that I could show you a hundred places on any one car that has not been done correctly. As a person who is working on opening his out hot rod shop in the next year or two I can assure you that his cars are over rated and over valued, that his workers are mistreated(hence the employees quitting one of the most prestigious shops around), that his management style is ineffective and condescending(hence the 3 bankruptcies, and that there is no possible way to build a complete metal bodied hot rod of the caliber that he supposedly builds in such a short amount of time. Paint and body alone ought to take at least 2 weeks with multiple guys on something like that. Charley was a miracle worker in that shop and Boyd is a moron to let his own personal hatred for Chip cloud that. Even Duane told him he ought to let him come back. As for Chip the reason he is so good is that his hot rods are done when they are done. This lets him pay attention to details and allows him to make every inch of it fit the design. There are no short cuts. There is no looming 6 week deadline. Boyd will never be able to match chip so long as he follows his current route.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So back to the 36, anyone know if Charlie did the body and paint on this one? I wonder if he is a regular now with Foose?
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