In a recent conversation with MotorTrend, Metallica frontman James Hetfield talked about the cars he donated to a museum and revealed how much he missed having them around.
As you might recall, As you might remember, Metallica’s iconic frontman James Hetfield has been dealing with his alcohol addiction for a long time. Unfortunately, last year James’ problems emerged once again and Metallica canceled their tour so he could go rehab. His bandmates recently stated James had been doing well after spending some time in rehab.
The co-founder, songwriter, and vocalist of Metallica, James Hetfield, has been also known for his interest in the automotive world and collecting coolest custom cars. In 2019, James Hetfield decided to donate his car collection to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
During a recent interview with MotorTrend, Hetfield explained the reason behind his decision and why he specifically chose the Peterson Automotive Museum:
“I had a vision of not having to take care of these cars anymore because at some point… when I have these cars, at some point they have me. It takes a lot of time and effort to keep these things up and running, and in good condition. They were going to be either auctioned or donated or something. Then that did actually happen.
I’m super grateful that the Petersen Museum was able to take the collection and keep it all together. That’s the one thing that I was really disappointed about, the fact that if they went to auction and they all went off somewhere different they wouldn’t be living together anymore, and it wouldn’t be as a collection.
I think word got around to them, and they offered to take the collection. I was stoked. As far as the prestige of the Petersen Museum and my collection being in there, it’s a huge honor. It really is.”
Furthermore, James replied to the question of whether he missed his cars being around by stating:
“I get to look at them every day in my book, man. Yeah, I miss driving certain cars and just being around them but, you know, they served their purpose. I got to get creative. I got to help other people get creative, all the different guys: Robert Roling, and Scott Mugford, and Josh Mills, the De Leys.
I got to work with some awesome, historical people. Art Himsl, who did the paint on the Skylark. Darryl Hollenbeck. I met a lot of great people who have some old-school craftwork in their blood, which I love. I got to do these things. Now other people get to look at them.”
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