New Exhibit at LeMay – American Automotive Museum Features Heavy Metal…and Glass, Rubber


Tacoma, WA – When the doors of LeMay – America’s Car Museum opened on Thursday, January 20, visitors were treated to a glimpse of grandeur: 10 otherworldly, custom-built hot rods of rock star proportions from of an exhibition entitled Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection.

Brought to the public for only the second time, Reclaimed Rust is the product of decades of design and build collaboration between rock music icon James Hetfield and some of the world’s best-known custom car builders, including Rick Dore (Rick Dore Kustoms), Scott Mugford (Blue Collar Customs) and Marcel De Lay (Marcel’s Custom Metal).

Comprised of vehicles custom designed and built by and for Hetfield, Reclaimed Rust pushes the boundaries of automotive design with bulging fenders, removed pillars, clipped tops, shaved handlebars and edgy silhouettes that OEMs never did. could have ever imagined.

“The clean lines and unique designs of Reclaimed Rust could stand out with their own stardom,” said David Madeira, vice president and CEO of America’s Automotive Trust. “However, anyone who sees this exhibit will feel the creative power of James Hetfield and his team in these cars. In any art, whether it’s music, visual or automotive design, you can tell when an artist sees the potential of its tools and materials, rather than its limitations.

The collection includes vehicles that live up to their punchy names such as Skyscraper (a 1953 Buick Skylark), VooDoo Priest (a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr), Slow Burn (a 1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster), Crimson Ghost (a Ford 1937 Coupe), the Dead Kennedy (a 1963 Lincoln Continental built by Hetfield himself), and the Black Pearl and Aquarius (both special builds hand-built from a drawing).

The collection is owned by and was first displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in 2020. It is on display at LeMay – America’s Car Museum from January 20, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

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About LeMay – Automotive Museum of America

LeMay – America’s Car Museum is an international destination for families and automotive enthusiasts to experience the past, present and future of the automobile and learn how it shapes our society. Located in Tacoma, WA, the stunning 165,000 square foot, four-level facility has been recognized as one of the top 10 automotive museums in the world by MSN, USA’s Top 10 Attractions for Car Enthusiasts. Today and the best KING5 museum in Western Washington. It is known for its educational outreach serving more than 30,000 students each year, world-class rotating exhibits, stunning event spaces, and outdoor fairground to host community events. LeMay – America’s Car Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an entity of America’s Automotive Trust. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Recovered Rust: The James Hetfield Collection was curated by the Petersen Automotive Museum.

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