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Cuba's Classic Cars

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  1. anotherday2paradise

    Absolutely awesome pic, Ron. These old cars really have so much character, and it’s great that they are still able to keep them in working order. I particularly love the red convertible by the beach. 🙂

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    • fotograffer

      Very few Yank Tanks have their original engines. Many have been refitted with Chinese diesels or rebuilt motors from old Russian cars. They are still running from neccisity, Public transportation is woefully inadequate and these cars serve as the average person’s taxi. Many have a route similar to a bus, picking up or dropping off fares along the way.Thank you Tina.

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  2. Dalo 2013

    Very timely post…and this it is great you focused on these vintage cars in this post as I think that would be the first thing to disappear, and it would be a shame as these beauties hold such a piece of the Cuban mystic. The culture there will always remain strong and be an amazing draw for tourist, but it is the environment around that will change…and it is this I have dreamt about seeing with my own eyes and lens.

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    • fotograffer

      I think you are right about the Yank Tanks. Just returned from my second visit in two years. There seemed to be many more newer Chinese sub com[acts on the road this time. The Afro-Cuban culture will remain strong, as you say, but as capitalism creeps in the chance to make a living and have a better life will alter all. As you have probably witnessed in China. Thank, as always, Randall.

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  3. snaps22

    Great photos and very informative. I think I might have to get to Cuba before too much change takes place.

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