Cuba's Car Culture: Celebrating the Island's Automotive Love by Tom Cotter,Stirling Moss,Bill Warner

By Tom Cotter,Stirling Moss,Bill Warner

Welcome to Cuba's car time tablet, choked with vintage cars.

The tale of the way Cuba got here to be trapped in car time is an interesting one. for many years, the island nation had loved fit tourism exchange and American outpost prestige, and via the Nineteen Fifties it had the top in line with capita automobile paying for of any Latin American state - its center category ensured a fascinating number of automobiles plying the roads. but if Cuba fell to communist rebels in 1959, so ended the influx of latest automobiles. seeing that then, exchange embargo compelled Cuba's motor vehicle lovers to increase a different and insular tradition, one marked by means of nice creativity, such as:

Keeping a automobile alive with out chance to procure substitute parts

Customizing a vehicle without entry to aftermarket parts

Drag racing with out drag strip

In some ways, Cuba is an automobile time warp, the place the most recent motor vehicle is a 1959 Chevy or even one of many Soviet Ladas. Cuba's automobile tradition deals an inside of examine a special motor vehicle tradition, populated with vehicles which were bring to a halt from the area goodbye that they have got morphed into anything else within the spirit of automobile survival.

Authors Tom Cotter and invoice Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of Cuba's motor vehicle tradition on a whirlwind travel of all issues automobile, starting with Cuba's pre-Castro vehicle and racing background and bringing us as much as modern day misplaced collector vehicles, road racing, and the demanding situations of preserving decades-old autos at the street. The publication is illustrated all through with infrequent historic photographs in addition to modern pictures of Cuba's present automobile scene. For someone who enjoys vintage automobiles, from outdated Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford Fairlanes, a cruise round Cuba will make you're feeling like a child in a sweet store.

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