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Hetfield's Black Pearl Named Custom Car of the Year

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On: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:07AM | By: Gary P Garry

Hetfield's Black Pearl Named Custom Car of the Year

Classic cars and classic hard rock music go hand in hand, and this marriage was taken to another level recently when a car that is owned by a legendary rocker took home a prestigious automotive prize.

James Hetfield is a founding member of the heavy metal band Metallica, and he is the driving force behind many of the songs that made the band famous. In addition to being the main songwriter for the group, he is also the rhythm guitarist and lead singer.

As a member of perhaps the most influential heavy metal band of all time, Hetfield has won many awards within the musical milieu. He is the winner of nine, count 'em nine, Grammy awards as a member of Metallica.

He was named the 8th best metal guitarist ever in a book about the top 100 metal guitar players of all time, penned by the famed music biographer Joel McIver. Guitar World magazine rated him as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time, and he comes in at #87 according to Rolling Stone.

Now, Hetfield can add a much coveted automotive award to his list of accomplishments. A custom car that he co-owns with his friend Rick Dore that is called the Black Pearl has been named the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 2014 Custom Car of the Year.

When they say “custom car,” they mean it. The body was actually hammered into shape by hand. Marcel and Luc De Lay are the automotive sculptors that were engaged to do the job, and they followed a design that they co-created along with the car's owners.

Externally, the Black Pearl exudes elegance. It is glistening, sleek, and curiously simple in a very good way. The car was built on a 1948 Jaguar frame, and it has an ample Ford 375 horsepower V8 under its very large hood.

Hetfield is a professional songwriter. He uses imagination, knowledge of his craft, and simple tools to create beautiful works of art along with the members of his band. These works have withstood the test of time. He has done the same thing with the stunning Black Pearl.

We send out congratulations and kudos to Hetfield, Dore, and the De Lays for their spectacular automotive accomplishment. The Black Pearl is truly one of a kind, and it is a worthy winner of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Custom Car of the Year.

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