From Hot Rod Royalty comes classic customizing. Cole Foster, owner of Salinas Boys Customs, has been constructing rolling works of metal art for 15 years. Son of Hall of Fame member Pat Foster, Cole creates cars that are so clean they don't have lines - the simply flow, as evident from the numerous magazine features written on these customs that roll from the bays of the Salinas Boys shop in the quiet California town. At the 2001 Grand National Roadster show Cole left with the Chip Foose Design of Excellence Sweepstakes award from his 1956 Ford F100 Truck.
Fosters designs have been much coveted by rock stars who are into hot rods. He has built customs and bikes for guys like Sammy Hagar of Van Halen, frontman, Mike Ness of the punk band Social Distortion and currently constructing a 1936 Ford for Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.
In 2001 Cole built the blue bike a bobber style motorcycle that promptly set the bike world on its collective ear. The Blue Bike, as it’s referred to, is a tribute to classic styles. The bike was featured on Speed Channel’s “Corbin’s Ride On TV” and on TNN with “Popular Hot Rodding TV” plus no less than 20 magazines worldwide, including Easy Rider, Cycle World, Iron Horse and Freeway.
Cole'ss designs are timeless, stylistic and subtle yet making a screaming statement collectively with the final product. Searching for the original designers clean lines of the car before corporate restrictions were placed. Attention to detail, maintenance of pure lines and skillful craftsmanship are the qualities respected by those who have seen Cole’s work. Passionate and obsessive in the pursuit of the perfect custom is what defines Cole Foster the artist.
January 2013 - Inducted in to the Grand National Roadster Hall of Fame
Monster Garage, Discovery Channel
Corbin’s Ride On, Speed Channel
Popular Hot Rodding TV, TNN
Biker Build Off, Discovery Channel
Ultimate Chop, Discovery Channel
Chopper Challenge, CMT
“Choppers”, by Mike Seate