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.
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 today's news that a longtime American prisoner has been freed from Cuba, leading to the surprise announcement that the U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with the country for the first time since 1961, we decided to revisit this 2012 piece on Cuba's necessity-driven car culture. Enjoy.
With your average family sedan costing more than $200,000 in Cuba, a lot of people still take public transit. Though judging from the horrible rage-fuel that would be traveling on a Cuban bus, I think the price tag might be worth it.
We've heard about cars in developing nations being ridiculously expensive, but nothing like what's going on in Cuba. Cuba recently started allowing the sale of new cars, and they're trading for 10 times their European price.
Aside from the embargo and the cigars and the communism, the biggest thing people think about when they hear Cuba is the number of old American cars roaming the streets. Now that the country is opening up the sale of new and used cars to the general public, you'd be right in thinking people will ditch their old cars…