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Cole Foster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 16,186

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

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    Joined: Apr 17, 2001
    Posts: 6,194


    Thanks for the story great reading stuff !! .. I first met Cole when were racing against his dad I alway new he be at the top
  3. BigRed390
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 484


    Great story! Good inspiration on a dreary Monday!
  4. THE235KID
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,825


    Cole Foster Is One Of My Favorite Builders. This Is A Really Great Story
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  5. daddy-o63
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 227


    thanks,my favourite builder also,what a talent
  6. Nice interview, Cole does great work, I'd have one of his bikes tomorrow (if I had the $$$!)
  7. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 1,371


    Great story and lots of truth concerning the "big 3". I bet Cole could help them out with a couple of good designs.
  8. stickylifter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,263

    from Detroit

    Thanks for the interview. Cole is an inspiration and a reminder as to what can be accomplished when you keep striving for the highest of your personal standards.
  9. Nothing classier than having a famous dad and forging your own identity.....often NOT an easy thing. I've always been impressed.

  10. good read.. thanks.
  11. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,543

    from Garner, NC

    Inspirational, thought provoking, more proof that he's just a cool dude...
  12. Sixcarb
    Joined: Mar 5, 2004
    Posts: 1,497

    from North NJ

    I think I like the last paragraph the best "It’s those tangibles that make history and make a legacy."
  13. buzzard
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 4,329

    Alliance Member

    Cole Foster= Ruler.

    You won't catch me using that alot. I think too many use the phrase way too easily. I'm a little suprised to hear that he'd be interested in corporate design work. I just assumed that he was the mad scientist type that liked to be holed up in his shop creating one off masterpieces. I certainly don't fault him for it, just didn't expect it.

    I don't think that Ford and GM have any real need for creative abilities like his. They don't really want new designs, just rehashes of the old ones with little tweaks. Chrysler may be different. I really like what they've done, design wise, over the last several years.
  14. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,497

    from Hypocrisy

    I wanna shake his hand one day.
  15. Binga
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 1,729


    I agree 100%......... and he has great hair :D
  16. lindross
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,635


    Very cool story. I love his simplistic styling and approach to bikes (as well as his cars). Very clean and very well crafted.
  17. 54BOMB
    Joined: Oct 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,021


    Good interview, Ive been stoked on his stuff since I saw that suede red pick-up in Customer Rodder way back when, he's raised the bar on craftsmanship pretty high.
  18. hemi coupe
    Joined: Dec 25, 2001
    Posts: 1,169

    hemi coupe
    from so-cal

    I love looking at Coles stuff.. He is an amazing person and a nice guy.
    Jimmy White
  19. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 6,895


    Thank you Ryan for the great insight to the incomperable Cole Foster. What little I knew about him made me a hard core fan of his work. I saw Ness's 54 in L.V. in a display for Von Dutch Clothing when it was first introduced and was soo cool, I placed a large order that was never recieved. The infighting over the line messed it up before it became a trendy dissapointment. The Chevy made me crazy with clean cool lines. Someone actually knew who built the ride and the name was etched in my mind. The ability to not feel everything has to be over the top and stay clean and classic is tough for many builders,Viva Cole Foster!!-Sololobo
  20. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,291

    Kevin Lee
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    I love the idea of throwing stuff away or reworking it until you are happy - no matter how much time you might already have into it. Maybe I'm overdoing it a bit, but when I look at Cole's stuff each component piece looks to have been considered and agonized over just as much as the overall design/bike/car it's being applied to.

    Great interview.
  21. Big Dad
    Joined: Dec 20, 2005
    Posts: 4,498

    Big Dad

    Talent in that famly

    Great legacy ....
  22. TwinH
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 106

    from Finland

    Everyone of his builds looks cool. Cole is the man.
  23. Cool interview and nice looking stuff, thanks, Rags
  24. You could tell when he was on that particular episode of that particular show that he was there for the build, not the camera.
    There are others who are known within this community that the general public will probably never know. Cole, if you are reading this, think about the people that you look up to. I can think of two that never had a TV show and I think they are both pretty important within this obbsession we call a hobby.
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
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    now that was time well spent!

  26. Good interview with a great person.
  27. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,497

    from Hypocrisy

    I wish he would give me some of his cast-offs so I would have some new porn to look at. The 2004 holiday issue of Club has become boring.
  28. Retroharley
    Joined: Jan 3, 2007
    Posts: 123


    Cole Foster is a awesome guy and very talented. I hope I have the previlege of meeting him one day.
  29. rixrex
    Joined: Jun 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,435


    Yes, Coles work is the cleanest and the coolest, caught my eye way back when a 49 Ford business coupe set up pro street/drag race he built was featured in a mag...good interview, you can feel his frustration at his level. I have to complain a little from my much lower level..I write Cole and rave about the Cha-Cha bike and ask how much for a similar bike, silence/ I'm talking to Gary Howard in Georgetown and ask can he make my 64 Riviera into a working convertable and approx. how much, again, crickets..I know these guys are busy, so am I, I know they are used to being given a blank check and the customer basically not caring how much their great work costs..but, heck, there are a whole bunch more of us little guys out there working hard to afford some of this stuff..OK fine, sell me the frame,tank, and wheels I'll take it from there.....
  30. kustomkat
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
    Posts: 545


    Couldn't have picked a better guy to interview. I have been amazed with his 54 since it was still in primer, at WCK Los Banos 10-12 years ago...

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