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WHEELS “Classics and Collections” 3rd Gear to air on May 19

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GRANITE FALLS, Minnesota, May 9, 2024 - The third episode of Pioneer PBS’s production WHEELS “Classic & Collections” shifts into drive to explore the special connection between owners and their vehicles. WHEELS “Classics and Collections” 3rd Gear airs on Pioneer PBS Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m. and repeats Monday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. 

Pioneer PBS producer and editor Timothy H. Bakken highlights a variety of classic vehicles across Minnesota and showcases the proud owners.

The episode features a fully restored 1956 Chevy two-door sedan. Jef Fredine, who is the owner, reveals how he restored this classic ‘56 into a beautiful masterpiece called “Brown Sugar.” Fredine is one of the organizers of the Minnewaska Classics Car Show, which welcomes enthusiasts of all ages to Starbuck every summer.

Jacqueline Hadrath of Clitheral shows off her 1969 Plymouth GTX. Previously owned by Jacqueline’s father, Roy Hadrath, the GTX was handed down after Roy’s death.

Kirsta Siems of Farwell proudly displays her 1982 Volkswagen Vanagon. Siems shares why she wanted to own this classic vehicle, showcasing some of its unique features.

Jay Law of Anoka is the owner of a rare classic 1957 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon. Law completely restored this classic vehicle from frame to completion.

Steve Andrews of Fergus Falls is a proud caretaker of a 1957 Bentley “S.” Andrews divulges some of the unique features, including how a Bentley is different from a Rolls Royce.

Elliot Barbosa of Beardsley owns a very rare, and completely restored, 1924 Cadillac Roadster. Barbosa and his late father, Rudy, spent 18 years rebuilding this classic, while they lived in California. 

Dale Remme of Ghent has restored and preserved a variety of classic vehicles with his wife, Joette. Remme’s craftsmanship and attention to detail shine through in this installment of WHEELS.

Duane Johnson of Montevideo owns two classic muscle cars. The first is a very rare 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 convertible–one of only 21 produced. The second classic is a 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee. Johnson proudly attends various car shows in the summer to show off these classics and share his passion for his cars.

In addition to these segments also included are scenes from various car shows around the Pioneer PBS viewing region.

The full episode, as well as each individual segment in WHEELS “Classics and Collections” 3rd Gear, will also be available to stream on the show's video streaming website,, Pioneer PBS’s YouTube channel and YouTube playlist at Bonus segments will also be available online. 

Tim loves visiting with people about their special cars. Journey over to the WHEELS Facebook page to share your story. 

About WHEELS “Classics and Collections”
Pioneer PBS Executive Producer Timothy H. Bakken goes on an exciting journey in search of interesting connections behind classic wheels. Discover these stories from locations such as regional car shows to threshing bees, farm shows, museums, and specialty shops. Bakken travels far and wide across the midwest for the cars, trucks, airplanes, bicycles, trains, and toys as their owners invite him to visit their private collections. This program is made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

About Pioneer PBS
Established in 1966, Pioneer PBS is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing stories from rural Minnesota with the world. Pioneer PBS is headquartered in Granite Falls, Minnesota, with towers in Appleton, Worthington and Fergus Falls. Pioneer PBS reaches more than a million people in rural areas and small towns in western Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northern Iowa. Pioneer PBS is honored to be your television station—the only station in western Minnesota telling your stories and raising your voices into the media landscape. For more information or call 800-726-3178.