Thursday, November 6, 2014

Metallica car to appear at Los Angeles Auto Show

Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s award-winning Black Pearl will be on hand for the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

Built from the ground up and designed by Hetfield and world renowned custom car builder Rick Dore, the Black Pearl has been touring shows around the United States for the past year.

"It is a real honor to have the Black Pearl included in this year's Los Angeles Auto Show," says Dore.

"The Black Pearl is one of those things that - we initially had been taking other vehicles and cutting and pasting, making you own prototype in a way," explains Hetfield. "This one we actually started from scratch. We started with a '48 Jag and basically tried to work it, work it down to frame and build it up from scratch from a drawing. It took it to a whole new level of car building: from a drawing."

The Black Pearl was inspired by some of the early concept cars of the 1930's, while the chassis is based off of a 1948 Jaguar. The body was completely hand built and shaped by Marcel and Luc De Lay under the direction of Dore, who's Rick Dore Kustoms built the rest of the project before the lustrous black finish was applied by Daryl Hollenbeck.

In the past year the 'Pearl has made award winning appearances at The Grand National Roadster Show, winning the 2014 Al Slonaker, Blackie Gejelan and George Barris Kustom awards and The Goodguys, winning Mother's Custom of the Year and Best In Show, and was shown at The Quail and A Motor Sports Gathering, amongst others.

The Los Angeles Auto Show is open to the public November 21-30. For more details, visit

Hetfield and Metallica will play a week-long residency on CBS' Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson this month.

“We're excited to celebrate Craig Ferguson's final season on CBS as he has personally invited us to join him for an entire week of performances starting Monday, November 17th,” posted the band. “We'll be playing every night that week and on the first night (Monday) we'll sit down with Craig to chat about all things 'Tallica.”

“Met Club members should log in for information about how they can be a guest in the studio audience during the filming of the show in Los Angeles, CA.”

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson airs weeknights on CBS at 12:37 AM EST.

See also:

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