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Speedy Metal: Metallica’s James Hetfield Donates 10 of His Custom Hot Rods to the Petersen

Posted September 03, 2019 12:01 PM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto hot rod museum

In the band’s entire 38-year discography, Metallica has mentioned in its lyrics the Great Old One Cthulhu more times than it has name-dropped any automobile brand; its 1997 single “Fuel” seems to be the band’s only acknowledgement of the existence of internal combustion engines.* Yet lead guitarist vocalist James Hetfield may be one of music’s most committed gearheads, as illustrated by the 10-car collection he recently donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum.

“It’s always an escape,” Hetfield said in a promotional video for the band’s 2012 Orion music festival, which featured a custom car show. “It’s a way for me to get really microscopic. When you’re down there welding, you’re in a zone… and it’s the same with music… This is a form of expression; this is a form of freedom. You can get away with driving something like (his customized 1934 Packard, Aquarius) and still have your personality show through.”

A heavy metal icon contributes history to another passion - hot rods.

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