Street corner, early morning, Havana, Cuba by buttonpresser
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Street scene, Havana, Cuba

Nikon D300 & 18-200 VR at 18mm
1/80 Sec @ F6.3

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Yank tank or máquina are the words used to describe the many classic cars (for example: 1957 Chevrolet, 1953 Ford, 1958 Chrysler, etc…) present in Cuba with an “estimated 60,000” of them still driving the roads today. In 1962 an embargo was placed on Cuba by the United States, effectively cutting trade between the countries. This meant that the cars in Cuba, could no longer receive new replacement parts when something broke. Currently, the only way to keep these cars on the road today is by using Cuban ingenuity to adapt household products and Soviet technology into these vehicles. If a car is unable to be repaired at the time, the car is usually either “parked” for future repair or “parted out” (to produce extra income for the owner’s family) so that other cars can remain on the road. During the years of Soviet Union influence on Cuba, Ladas, Moskvitchs and Volgas became the main cars imported by the communist regime, mainly for state use. As a result of these internal economic restrictions, until this day there is also no such thing as a new or used private European or Asian automotive dealership branch in Cuba for independent purchasing by normal Cubans.

The only American cars that can be purchased for private use in Cuba (with “particular” plates) are those that were previously registered for private use and acquired before the revolution. However, if the owner doesn’t have the proper paper work “called a traspaso”, the vehicle cannot be legally sold. American cars that were present, at the time of the embargo, have been preserved though loving care and ingenuity. And since there were many of these, due to the presence of a past strong Cuban middle-class classic cars have been the standard, rather than an exception in Cuba.

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street scene, havana, cuba, morning, yank tanks

As a child my plane crashed in the Himalayas & I was raised by an advanced civilisation that taught me photography, ESP & precognition, no, wait that was the Champions wasn’t it?

Ah well, 50+ & getting more muddled by the day.

Hope you enjoy my work, and feel free to buy anything you like enough. :-)

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Comments

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    stunning work Dave!

  • Berns
    Bernsover 3 years ago

    This is incredible!!!!!!!!! LOVE the treatment!

  • Berns
    Bernsover 3 years ago

    This is the ONE I would like!

  • Yay! NO problem finding this one :-)

    – buttonpresser

  • malou
    malouover 3 years ago

    Wow! So simple, yet such a stunning photo! Great job

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallover 3 years ago

    great shot :) xxx

  • Chris Chalk
    Chris Chalkover 3 years ago

    Wonderful treatment, excellent image and narrative Dave!

  • Russ Styles
    Russ Stylesover 3 years ago

    Awesome colours Dave…great eye.

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Esther  Moliné
    Esther Molinéover 3 years ago

    Brilliant street scene, I love those cars! Congratulations on your book about Cuba, I had a look, I love it. Wish I could go there some day…

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 3 years ago

    wonderful!!!!

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