James Hetfield is excited about the Orion Custom Car and Motorcycle Show

How'd you like to go see Metallica at this summer's Orion music fest? Sounds good to us, but this makes it even better; the cost: Free.

Yes, that's right, if you're into the hot rod and custom scene and you want to display your car or bike there, the band will comp you two passes to the weekend's festivities. It turns out that besides being the lead singer of Metallica, James Hetfield (that's him in the picture above) is a big car guy. One who wants to share his automotive passion with his legions of fans, hence the Custom Car and Motorcycle Show planned as part of the two-day Orion festival, scheduled for June 23-24 in Atlantic City, NJ.

To stock the 300-plus field of cars and bikes Metallica has planned, they're looking for entries and dangling the aforementioned free tickets as bait. Entry is restricted to 1972 and earlier American models and the deadline is May 15. (Full details are available at the Orion website.) It won't be Pebble Beach, but hey, we're pretty sure there's more fun to be had headbanging to "Metallica" (a.k.a. The Black Album) and "Ride The Lightning," which the band will be performing in their entirety on consecutive nights, than standing around on a golf course in a blue blazer anyway. If Metallica isn't your bag, the Orion festival will also feature performances from acts like the Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse and comedian Jim Breuer.

Scroll down to watch a video of Hetfield talking about his love of classic cars.