Rush hour, Havana, Cuba by buttonpresser
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Early morning, Havana, Cuba. About as congested as it gets.

My original image Nikon d300 & 18-200 VR @ 48mm. 1/15 Sec @ f11
with poster edge applied in PS elements.

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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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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

  • patjila
    patjilaover 3 years ago

    Another fab Cuba retro vintage vehicle capture Dave :) fave is added so you know :) x

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago

    GORGEOUS!!!

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    Your capture and presentation of the city street is excellent,,,,, Rick

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 3 years ago

    Awesome work.

  • andy551
    andy551over 3 years ago

    Superb work!!Beautiful creation!

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks Pop’s!

    – buttonpresser

  • Berns
    Bernsover 3 years ago

    Wonderfully rendered D!

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    Superb processing Dave!

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture and processing !

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Great shot, Dave – we had a car like that years and years ago


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