James Hetfield, front-man for the band Metallica, is a talented artist, but he also has superb taste in cars. That was proven when “Voodoo Priest,” Hetfield’s custom ‘37 Lincoln Zephyr took home the Goodguys 2012 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year Award at the 30th All American Get Together last weekend. Thanks to custom car designer and long-time friend to Hetfield, Rick Dore, the car’s unique design and suave looks stole the show and were awarded graciously.
A few weeks ago we told you that Hetfield’s ‘37 Lincoln Zephyr would be on display at the Goodguys 30th All American Get Together March 24th and 25th in Pleasanton, California. Alongside Eric Clapton’s custom ‘32 Ford Victoria 4 door built by Roy Brizio Street Rods, the Zephyr represented the iconic relationship between hot rods and rock and roll at the event.
Powered by its original Flathead V12 rebuilt by H&H Flatheads, the Zephyr features chromed Stromburg 97 carburetors, a C4 automatic transmission, Mustang II front end, Ford 9-inch rear and Ridetech air-ride suspension.
Power and control are complimented by the Zephyr’s unique look, complete with a chopped top, molded ‘38 rear quarters, stretched fenders and custom lights, all done by the late Dick Dean’s son, Keith Dean. The car is finished off in a Candy Apple Red color laid over raspberry paint by Darryl Hollenbeck from Vintage Color Studio and topped off with custom chrome details from Sherm’s Planting.
The art deco interior fits perfectly with the car, featuring candy red, vanilla and black mohair accents done by Craig Hopkins. Inside the cabin you’ll also find a ‘41 Lincoln steering wheel atop a ‘40 Ford steering column, as well as glass from Tri City Glass.
Voodoo Priest wasn’t just at the All American Get Together for display, however. It was also their competing for one of the most prestigious Goodguys awards.
This is not the first time that Hetfield and Dore have teamed up to create a Goodguys’ Custom of the Year award winning car. Back in 2010, the duo’s ‘36 Auburn boat tail roadster named “Slow Burn” achieved the same honor.
The Goodguys 2012 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year Award joins the H.A. Bagdasarian Award/World’s Most Beautiful Custom designation that was given to the Zephyr earlier this year at the Sacramento Autorama.
Congratulations goes out to Hetfield and Dore for their Goodguys 2012 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year Award win, and we look forward to seeing more of the dynamic duo’s creations in the near future.