James Hetfield’s “VooDoo Priest” ’37 Lincoln Zephyr has been named Goodguys 2012 Grundy Worldwide Insurance Kustom of the Year. It marks the second time Hetfield has won the prestigious award collecting the same honor in 2010 with a 1936 Auburn Speedster.
The Zephyr also won another Top 12 award earlier this year – being named the Goodguys 2012 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the year making it the only dual Top 12 award winner in this year’s crop.
The ‘Priest was a two-year project between James and his long time friend/car stylist Rick Dore. While Hetfield was out “on the road again” keeping to task as Metallica’s frontman, he was able to communicate with Dore and other project contributor’s on every little detail of the car’s build process.
The body features and chopped top, sectioned and lowered trunk area, one-off skirts and rear bumper pan, molded front fenders, leaned back headlights and lengthened & sectioned rear quarters from a ’38 Zephyr. Additionally, the side trim was created from brass stock. Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio gets credit for the beautiful paint & bodywork.
Power comes from an H & H prepped Zephyr flathead V12 which has been painted and polished to perfection. The flat motor is backed by a C4 transmission. The chassis uses Mustang II front suspension, a Ford 8” rear end and Acu-Air ride system.
The interior is trimmed in 100% mohair for an era-correct feel. The ’41 Lincoln steering wheel was downsized from 19 to 17 inches and it rests on a ’40 Ford column. All door panels, trunk panels and package tray were also custom crafted.
Look for the ‘Priest inside the “Champion’s Arena” sponsored by Street Rod Headquarters at the Goodguys 15th annual Southwest Nationals, November 16-18 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Runner Up finalists for this year’s award included: Harvey Bagshaw, Mattituck, MA (55 & ’56 Chevy’s), Natalie Olsen, LaVista, NE (‘50 Mercury) and Dan Weaver, Spokane, WA (’50 Mercury). Congratulations to all finalists!