I blogged about the Autoworld of Brussels in one of my previous posts, where a whole range of classic cars are exhibited. This time, let's see a real-world show of old-timers in Havana, Cuba. It's inspired by Qurator's Photo Quest Vintage Photography, and the first photo is my entry.
It's not only the ubiquitous vintage cars there that spark the idea, but also the sun-saturated streets that remind me of the sepia-toned old photos. So, here comes my selection from almost 8 years ago(that is vintage too :D), thanks to this contest... otherwise the photos just keep lying in my drive untouched. There are still many images left, as Havana's streets are filled with colorful old cars and lively scenes. It's simply a photography lover's dream!
If you wonder why there are so many vintage cars in Havana, here's the reason. Cuba didn't have any car manufacturers, so they had to import cars from other countries. The first imported car was from France during the Cuban-Spanish-American War. Later, from the beginning until the middle of the 20th century, American cars were the majority on Cuban roads. After the U.S. embargo following the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro banned the importation of American cars.
As a result, we see all these vintage cars over the streets today. Some of them are repainted with bright shining exteriors, and others are not so well-preserved, as you can see from my photos here. I also took them as taxis when going from and to the airport. It's not so comfy sitting inside, and it came with heavy smoke and noise, but I enjoyed the great vibes.
图文 by Donica