Cuba: Vintage autos glide through Havana as Classic Car Contest hits town

Over 200 vintage and classic cars drove through the streets of Havana on Saturday as part of the First Classic Car Contest, to foster the preservation of the historic vehicles. The initiative was organised by Iberostar, the Spanish hotel company which operates a number of resorts in Cuba, along with the 'Amigos de Fangio' organisation, a club that brings together more than 300 owners of... Еще vehicles manufactured between 1919 and 1960. A total of 208 cars signed up for the competition but only 15 made the cut to compete for the prize of the best kept and most original vehicle. The winner of the competition was a 1956 green Plymouth owned since 1983 by Cuban citizen Ramon Ventura. The jury said the vehicle was 98 percent faithful to its original condition. Thousands of US and European-made cars from the 1950s and earlier still roam the island’s streets. A paucity of spare parts caused by the US economic embargo of Cuba has made their owners true auto-innovators.

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