WKTV continues the tradition of producing and airing the only red carpet classic car show in the country and this year it has a new name “DreamWheels!” Car collectors from four states are bringing their rare vehicles to be showcased on the 100-foot red carpet Friday night and Saturday afternoon (see times below) during the 11th Annual 28th Street Metro Cruise.
It’s like Oscar night for car collectors according to show producer Tom Norton, who along with WKTV director Gene Gregory and many dedicated volunteers, have been preparing for these television productions for six months. Here are just a few of the vehicles you’ll see during these free shows at the old Klingman’s building:
From Ann Arbor, Jeff and Marcia DeBoer bring their 1958 Austin Healey 100 Six to the red carpet for the audience to enjoy.
The DeBoer’s Austin Healey was built in England in 1958 and shipped to a dealer in Philadelphia. Although little is known of its ownership history, it did spend time in the Upper Peninsula before DeBoer discovered the car in Charlevoix. DeBoer spent three years restoring the car’s interior to original specifications.
The 1934 Pierce Arrow Model 836A was the least expensive model offered by Pierce Arrow in 30 years with a selling price of $2695. It featured the company’s first aerodynamic body styling. Among the engineering firsts was a five-foot long muffler for quieter motor noise.
Will and Sue Pugsley of Lawrence, Michigan bought the car in 2013 and drive it as often as possible. (How fun is that?!) Most Pierce Arrow owners drive their cars because they were meant to be driven!
See these cars and many more during WKTV’s live production of “DreamWheels!” It all takes place outside in the old Klingman’s parking lot across from Rogers Plaza. The show goes live on Friday, August 21 from 8 to 10 p.m. and again with new cars on Saturday, August 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Best of all – admission is free!