Recent political changes in Cuba, including expanded accessibility to personal transportation and loosening restrictions of trade and tourism with the U.S., have put a fresh light on the country’s car scene. Popular YouTube channel Mighty Car Mods just released a beautiful documentary on the culture, the people and…
Cuba feels more in flux now than it has in decades. Fidel Castro’s death, the repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy and eased restrictions on capitalism mean rapid changes for a country distinctly shaped by a Cold War that ended decades ago. At the same time airplanes full of tourists are landing in Cuba on direct…
The ashes of Cuba’s fallen ruler Fidel Castro were carried to his final resting place this weekend by, fittingly, a Russian UAZ 3151 military vehicle. And perhaps also appropriately, it broke down mid-procession, forcing soldiers to push the vehicle down a street flanked by cheering onlookers.
If the tone of Donald Trump’s response to Fidel Castro’s death this weekend foreshadows his foreign policy approached to Cuba, America should be concerned.
A report came out last week saying the U.S. Department Of Transportation has “tentatively” approved regular commercial flight routes from 10 U.S. cities, with eight mainstream airlines looking to start making trips as soon as the next few months.
Nobody can MacGyver a fix for a car like Cuban mechanics. All they need is a handful of dirt, some spit and a chewed up shoestring, and—boom—they’ve got a rebuilt transmission. Here’s Ray Magliozzi from Car Talk showing just how resourceful the Cubans are with a wrench.
Along with the armada of motorcade and helicopter lugging transports, as well Air Force One and other special air mission VIP aircraft, a C-17 outfitted as a mobile emergency operating room accompanied President Barack Obama on his historic visit to Cuba last week.
President Obama’s limousine, known as The Beast, waits for the Commander-in-Chief in Havana. President Obama is the first sitting American president to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution. Photo credit: Ned Price/National Security Council
1928 was the last year a sitting American President made a visit to Cuba, and considering the still very controversial nature of the warming of relations between the two countries, the arrival the iconic Air Force One over Havana is a very big deal.
It has been one of the most controversial aspects of the War On Terror. For some it has been a place that is a symbol of injustice conveyed at the hands of the U.S. government’s security apparatus, and for others it is a necessary installation to stash those who pose the most danger to America. Either way, President…
Back in January, the U.S. accidentally ended up shipping a Hellfire ground attack missile, full of sensitive missile technology, to Cuba. Oops! Cuba just gave it back, after a month of holding onto it.
A Hellfire missile that the US shipped to Europe for NATO training purposes last year somehow wound up in Cuba. As far as straight up losing sensitive military technology goes, this is one of the biggest screw-ups of its kind.
It happened out of necessity more than anything else, but Cuba ended up with one of the most unique car cultures in the world.
One of the most bizarre events in racing history happened on this day in 1958, when Cuban revolutionaries kidnapped Juan Manuel Fangio, possibly the greatest and most gentlemanly racing driver ever to live. Here is that story, explained in full.
[Officials from the Cuban and United States governments will hold meetings this week in Havana to being establishing migration agreements and normalized relations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
There's been some concern and consternation over what the possible end of the American embargo might mean for Cuba's automotive landscape. Some have prognosticated that it'll spell a small boom for the island, while we mainly just hope the culture itself isn't destroyed. But the old American cruisers might not sell so…
I was actually very excited to hear the announcement that relations with Cuba would be normalized, for two reasons, neither of which involve cigars. First, my dad was born and raised in Cuba, and second, Cuba has one of the most interesting car ecosystems on the planet. But I'll be honest — I'm a little worried about…
With the announcement today that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, we expect a lot to change. Some travel restrictions will be loosened (though not lifted altogether), Americans will soon be able to bring back $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum. But will Cuba start cashing the checks we've been…