Disclosure: I received a copy of Cuba’s Car Culture to review, as well as 5 copies for a giveaway. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review, as always, all opinions are my own.
I’m really excited to be able to offer this giveaway to you, just in time for the holidays! The giveaway is over, but you can purchase it through Amazon, by clicking on the link! (affiliate link) Cuba’s Car Culture, Celebrating the Island’s Automotive Love Affair, is a gorgeous book. I love books, especially big and beautiful picture books. It seems as though every Christmas for decades, I’ve always gotten a “coffee table book”. I love to curl up in front of the fire and skim the photos, each time I pick one up, I’ll focus on a different chapter or section. These books aren’t meant to be read like novels, but rather savored over many months or even years. If you, or someone you know is a vintage car buff, this would be a great gift!
While Cuba’s Car Culture doesn’t focus too much on politics, one of the first chapters is “Cars and Castro’s Revolution”. After the embargo, that the United States set in place in 1962, all the US car companies closed up shop and left the island. Although Cuba is less than an hour flight from Miami, trade came to an abrupt halt, which meant that car parts could now longer be imported from the States. Resourceful and clever Cubans began to piece together car parts from different makes and models as they tried to keep their cars running, thus creating an eclectic assortment of automobiles all over the island.
Here’s an excerpt from the book; “Authors Tom Cotter and Bill Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of Cuba’s Car Culture on a whirlwind tour of all things automotive, beginning with Cuba’s pre-Castro car and racing history and bringing us up to today’s lost collector cars, street racing, and the challenges of keeping decades-old cars on the road. The book is illustrated throughout with rare historical photos as well as contemporary photos of Cuba’s current car scene. For anyone who enjoys classic cars, from old Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford Fairlanes, a cruise around Cuba will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.”
The book is both history, culture and photographs, making this a great gift for any vintage car or history lover!
Since Cuba has recently opened up to American travelers, and I hope to visit someday. But for now, this book gives a glimpse into old Cuba, before tourism changes it forever. Meanwhile, if you’d like to take a culinary journey to Cuba, how about trying Papas Rellenas? These meat filled potato balls are a delicious appetizer or snack!
Missed the giveaway? It’s available on Amazon!