Mississauga, Ontario -- May 7, 2014 -- Competing against some of the world’s most amazing custom cars, “The Black Pearl”—a ground-up creation from James Hetfield and Rick Dore, painted by Darryl Hollenbeck—won the 2014 Mother’s Custom of the Year Award at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 32nd All American Get-Together held March 29-30 in Pleasanton, Calif. 

 
 
The Black Pearl, shown here, is a custom scratch build owned by James Hetfield of Metallica.   
 
The Black Pearl is a one-off custom car built from scratch and not from any specific vehicle. Its handmade body with its sleek lines was inspired by the styling shapes and forms of cars of the 1930s. The car was built by Rick Dore. The body was shaped by Southern Californian Marcel De Lay and then painted a rich, lustrous PPG black by Hollenbeck. The Black Pearl is owned by James Hetfield of the heavy-metal band Metallica. 
 
Hollenbeck, one of the most respected painters in the custom car world, is well known for his focus on classic cars of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. His masterful work has contributed to a slew of major honors including two prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards, the most recent at the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Calif. 
 
For The Black Pearl’s radiant finish, Hollenbeck used PPG products. He has been spraying PPG products exclusively for the last 25 years and now uses the ENVIROBASE High Performance system at his Vintage Color Studio in Concord, Calif. His work on The Black Pearl has been striking; in addition to the Goodguys award, the car won the Sam Barris award and the Custom d’Elegance at the Sacramento Autorama. 
 
PPG is the official paint supplier to the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, one of the world’s largest rod and custom associations with more than 70,000 active members around the globe.
 
For more information, please visit ppgrefinish.com.  
 

 

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