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By Richard Schweid

Classic U.S.-made autos at the streets of Havana offer a typical illustration of Cuba. Journalist Richard Schweid, who traveled during the island to analyze the tale of motorcars in Cuba at the present time and the day before today, will get at the back of the wheel and at the back of the stereotype during this colourful chronicle of autos, buses, and vehicles. In his attractive, occasionally gritty, voice, Schweid blends formerly untapped old assets along with his own stories, spinning a car-centered historical past of lifestyles at the island during the last century.Packard, Studebaker, Edsel, De Soto: autos lengthy extinct within the usa might be noticeable at paintings on a daily basis on Cuba's streets. Havana and Santiago de Cuba at the present time are domestic to a few 60,000 North American vehicles, all courting again to not less than 1959, the 12 months the Cuban Revolution prevailed. notwithstanding infrequently a brand new half has arrived in Cuba considering that 1960, the automobiles are nonetheless at the highway, held including mechanical ingenuity and willpower.Visiting automobile mechanics, monitoring down files in dusty documents, and speaking with car-crazy Cubans of every kind, Schweid juxtaposes historical moments (Fidel Castro driving to the Bay of Pigs in an Oldsmobile) with the quotidian (a weary mother's two-cent bus journey domestic after an extended day) and composes a wealthy, attractive photo of the Cuban humans and their background. The narrative is complemented by means of fifty-two historical black-and-white photos and 8 colour pictures by means of modern Cuban photographer Adalberto Roque.

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It was bought there in 1899 and shipped back to Cuba by the Havana pharmacist Ernesto Sarrá. It cost him $4,000, but in return for its higher price, it could go twelve miles an hour, twice as fast as the trains of its day. It was driven by a two-cylinder, eight-horsepower engine. The steering wheel was in the back seat on the right-hand side; there was seating for one passenger beside the driver and for three more in the front seat. It had a belt transmission, which had a bad tendency to slip out of place.

Still, being packed into the back of a truck among four dozen other bodies in the heat of a summer day in Santiago de Cuba is not a luxurious way to get from one place to another. The trucks run fixed routes and cost seventy-five centavos (four cents) to ride. It is a private business, and big old Chevy and Ford half- and quarter-ton trucks are the most popular, judging from the numbers at the stop close to the Plaza de Marte where I tend to catch the truck that drops me near the Universidad de Oriente, the university where I often go to use the library.

Coast Guard as a mechanical engineer, he joined forces in an economic venture with Rafael Arazoza, the editor of La Gaceta, who had brought the first two Locomobiles to Havana. They opened a garage, the Havana Automobile Company, where a half-dozen cars could be worked on at once. A photo of Germán López, relaxed in a rocking chair in the garage’s office, shows a man in his mid-thirties, lean, with the thick, wavy dark mustache favored by many of his contemporaries, well dressed, the kind of man who is at ease in white linen shirt and pants, as he wears in the photo, or in evening dress.

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