Orion Custom Car + Motorcycle Show, curated by METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, was part of the inaugural edition of Orion Music + More, the two-day festival created by METALLICA, which took place June 23-24, 2012 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Over 300 of the best customs, hot rods, muscle cars and custom motorcycles were on display at the Orion Custom Car + Motorcycle Show inside the festival grounds throughout the weekend. Orion ticket holders were able to check out incredible machines from across the world, including celebrity cars in the Primo Palace like James Hetfield's 1936 Auburn Roadster Slow Burn Kustom and 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Voodoo Priest Kustom by styler and builder Rick Dore. Awards were given out for Best in Show for each category: Customs, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, and Custom Motorcycles. Plus, festival goers could cast their votes for the Fan Favorite.
A two-minute video in which Hetfield talks about the art of cars can be seen below.
The second annual Orion Music + More is scheduled for June 8-9 at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.
A very special addition to Orion Music + More 2013 will be an original lineup reunion of INFECTIOUS GROOVES, featuring Mike Muir (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES), Robert Trujillo (METALLICA), Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION), Dean Pleasants (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES), and special guest Jim Martin (ex-FAITH NO MORE, filling in for original guitarist Adam Siegel).
Vans will be returning to Orion in 2013 with a full vert ramp, featuring pro skating demos happening right alongside live music. Vans will also feature four signature models of the Vans x Metallica footwear at Orion, including two "Kill 'Em All" styles.
Music fans will be able to stay well fed and hydrated throughout the weekend with the addition of the Orion food area, ...And Food For All. Orion Music + More has enlisted Detroit restaurateur and entrepreneur Phil Cooley of Slows BBQ to curate the area and showcase some of the region's great offerings.
Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across five live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of METALLICA's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
Tickets for Orion Music + More are currently onsale for $150 for a 2-Day Pass, including all fees. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.