The youngest person ever to be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame is a visionary who sculpts raw metal into works of art. His design legacy ranges from customs to street rods, and lately it seems his award mantel has as much metal as his garage. We’re honoring Chip Foose, one of the world’s premier automobile designers, with this special edition of Oakley Jupiter® eyewear.
Chip’s masterpiece Hot Rod Lincoln was dubbed the P-32 Street Fighter, so we screen printed “P-32” along with “FOOSE” inside the stem. The aluminum of the P-32 inspired frame finish, and the icons combine the military olive color of the hot rod’s interior with the orange of the Foose Design® logo.
We fired up our laser to etch “Chip” near the bottom of the lens, a subtle salute to the man who fuels the engine of innovation. We also put matching art on the packaging box, and the eyewear comes with a custom printed Chip Foose MICROCLEAR™ bag for lens cleaning and frame storage. Oakley Jupiter® combines the science of patented optics with the art of aggressive styling. The lenses are cut from the curve of a single lens shield then mounted in the frame to maintain the original, continuous contour. Peripheral vision is maximized by XYZ OPTIC®, one of the patented innovations that give HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS® (HDO®) its unbeatable clarity. Lightweight O MATTER® frame material offers all-day comfort. Impact protection meets ANSI Z87.1 standards, and our comfortable Three-Point Fit retains the lenses in precise optical alignment.
Chip Foose “Three Palms” Shoes
This much is clear: Chip Foose is the best living car designer on the planet. He’s also a longtime friend of Oakley (as evidenced by his very popular Signature Series Jupiter sunglasses). So when we decided to develop a motorsports-inspired lifestyle shoe that personifies the gas-burning, pedal-to-the-metal Oakley attitude, we knew exactly who to call.
The result of Oakley’s collaboration with Foose is the Three Palms-a salute to the road and to Chip, the man whose influence has breathed new life into automotive design since the day he picked up a pencil and started to sketch.
Authentic Foose Design Meets Genuine Oakley Authenticity.
Foose designed the Three Palms in one incredible night, and that fact becomes even more amazing when you look closely at the detail he put into it. Chip’s influence is all over the Three Palms, check out the:
- Sole. Where the rubber meets the road you’ll find…the road. Take the double yellow line you’ll find on the street, paint it orange, and what you have is an homage to open highway.
- Footbed/Insole. The actual “Three Palms” logo, taken directly from one of Chip’s brand logos. Another tip of the hat to the Foose legend.
- Horizontal Two-Tone. A familiar characteristic of Foose Designs is the two-tone look that gives his cars the appearance of hovering. That style has been carried over into his shoe design, as well.
- Stitching. Detailed patterns conjure the upholstery and leather work on Chip’s famed vehicles.
- Chip’s Signature. Combined with the Square O logo. Naturally.
Simply put, Chip Foose is one of the premier automobile design visionaries in the world and the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of fame. Born in 1963 and raised in the Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Foose has created a legacy of designs and accomplishments that are well beyond his years.
Chip caught the “car bug” when he started working for his father and hero, Sam Foose. Chip joined his dad at his company, Project Design at age seven and never looked back. His body of work currently reads like a “Who's Who” of automotive originality and excellence.
Chip attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with honors. He was hired as Staff Designer/Fabricator for the Asha Corporation becoming the Director of Design. He continued on with Stehrenberger Design as a Designer for Baker Sportsronics creating electric prototypes and vehicles for the VFL Chip became the Managing Director and President of Hot Rods by Boyd. Looking for a challenge Chip and his wife Lynn ventured out and created Foose Design in 1998. The firm specializes in illustration, graphics, ideation model making and surfacing-along with the complete construction of automobiles and related products.
Foose’s Hot Rod Lincoln, dubbed the P-32 Street Fighter, fits that description well. “The idea,” Chip says, “Was that a fighter pilot came back from World War II, missed his war bird and made this hot rod as a tribute.”
The bullet-nose grille and shell on the P-32 are immediate visual reminders of the fighter planes of World War II. The exhaust pipes of the V12 Lincoln Zephyr motor exiting the hood sides are based on the exhaust of the famous P40 Warbird. The exterior finish on this roadster simulates the polished aluminum of these flying machines, and the cut down windscreen is framed in aluminum and Plexiglass like it’s sister aircraft.
Along with the V-12 fathead motor, other Lincoln touches on the P-32 include a 1939 Lincoln side-shifter transmission, Lincoln (Bendix style) rear brakes, and the eco-inspired 1938 Lincoln Zephyr center gauge cluster that perfectly reflects the Word War II era.
The interior is finished in olive drab to mimic zinc chromate military paint coatings. The roadster also has authentic bomber seats, exposes rivets and the P-32’s gas tanks are formed to resemble drop bombs. The period-correct bomber nose art finishes the overall theme.
Chip Foose’s favorite personal truck was “Overhauled” by his dad, Sam Foose. While Sam was busy building the cutting edge street rods of the sixties his “toe-head” of a son, with lots of creativity, stayed underfoot begging for the opportunity to be a part of his shop. Few rewards mean more than having your son participate in the same activity you love, and Sam’s has been fashioning cars and trucks all his life.
Of all those famous vehicles, there was only one in Chip Foose’s crosshairs. Only one that he desired to jump behind the wheel and have his dad pass on to him, as Chip will to his son Brock sometime in his future. No, it’s not a ’32 Highboy, a Masarati or vintage Corvette. It’s a truck. This very truck, a 1956 Ford F-100.
So, this is one of the reasons why Chip Foose never let that F-100 truck go. It was his personal transportation for years until it could no longer keep up with his daily demands for a comfortable and utilitarian vehicle, always with a plan to reward it with a powerful engine and body fit-and-finish that it deserved.
As a matter of fact, Chip had gone so far as to perform sketches of the modifications that would not only make it functional, but give it the styling it should have had when it left the Ford factory in 1956! Furthermore, the reason the restyling is so hard to spot is because the new lines of his truck are rather subtle.
Dyed in the wool Ford F-100 enthusiasts constantly study the redesign of the cab lines because they are now perfect.
In Chip’s sketches, he came up with the idea of rotating the cab to align the roof line to become parallel with the running boards. This was achieved not by chopping the top, but by cutting down the cowl area below the front windshield! Check it out in the broadside view and you will now see all parallel lines; and wheel wells designed to accept huge diameter tires massaged to showcase Foose Design wheels, just as in the Chip Foose sketches that his dad Sam snatched to guide them through the build of this very personalized F-100.