Cuba's Car Culture

Celebrating the Island's Automotive Love Affair

Author: Tom Cotter

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760350264

Category: History

Page: 192

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Welcome to Cuba's automotive time capsule, filled with classic cars. The story of how Cuba came to be trapped in automotive time is a fascinating one. For decades, the island country had enjoyed healthy tourism trade and American outpost status, and by the 1950s it had the highest per capita automotive purchasing of any Latin American country - its middle class ensured an interesting variety of vehicles plying the roads. But when Cuba fell to communist rebels in 1959, so ended the inflow of new cars. Since then, trade embargo forced Cuba's car enthusiasts to develop a unique and insular culture, one marked by great creativity, such as: Keeping a car alive with no opportunity to acquire replacement parts Customizing a car with no access to aftermarket parts Drag racing with no drag strip In many ways, Cuba is an automotive time warp, where the newest car is a 1959 Chevy or perhaps one of the Soviet Ladas. Cuba's Car Culture offers an inside look at a unique car culture, populated with cars that have been cut off from the world so long that they've morphed into something else in the spirit of automotive survival. Authors Tom Cotter and Bill Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of Cuba's Car Culture on a whirlwind tour of all things automotive, beginning with Cuba's pre-Castro car and racing history and bringing us up to today's lost collector cars, street racing, and the challenges of keeping decades-old cars on the road. The book is illustrated throughout with rare historical photos as well as contemporary photos of Cuba's current car scene. For anyone who enjoys classic cars, from old Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford Fairlanes, a cruise around Cuba will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.
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Cuba Classics

A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles

Author: Christopher P. Baker

Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group Incorporated

ISBN: 9781566565462

Category: History

Page: 189

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This unique homage to Cuba's astonishing wealth of antique cars is also a paean to the extraordinary people who keep their weary "cacharros running with resourcefulness, ingenuity and great good humor. In a collection of vibrant images, "Cuba Classics reveals the time-worn splendor of classic American automobiles spanning eight decades. This magnificent portrait of today's classic cars is also an exploration of the island's tumultuous history. In a dynamic photojournalistic essay that traces the long love affair between Cubans and the U.S. automobile, Christopher P. Baker also celebrates Cuba's landscapes and colors, his images putting the beloved "cacharros within a tropical setting both sensual and surreal. Written in a lively, engaging style, "Cuba Classics captivates everyone from armchair travelers to classic car connoisseurs with powerful imagery that reflects the beguiling other-worldly charm of Cuba, the Caribbean's most compelling and intriguing isle.
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The Jewish Encyclopedia

A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

Author: Isidore Singer,Cyrus Adler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Jews

Page: N.A

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Author: Jeannette Leonard Gilder,Joseph Benson Gilder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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