Sancti Spiritus is a small city in Cuba. It has a very pretty centre and the people are really friendly. Near the centre, on one day when we were there recently, I saw this Opel Kapitan in good condition. The owner must be a big Che fan as there is an image of the great man on the headlights of the car. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
These days as we only get so many weeks holiday a year and have to spend the rest of our time working to pay for them we do go to this part of South America a lot because we have friends there. So here is a photo from a central and very wooded square in the center of Asuncion in Paraguay. It was interesting to see all the yellow cars lined up waiting for customers. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
Not those Beatles, the other Beetles seen here in the 2014 Vevey Retro Car Show held on the 14th of September 2014. See other photos on our Flickr or Junagarh Media sites, , http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
Beny and Roberto run an excellent casa in the city of Santa Clara in Cuba and they own a very old red Pontiac. If you are visiting Cuba staying in a casa is the best way of meeting the real Cuban people. You can see more of our Cuban photos on our Flickr site, just search for Junagarh or on our website http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
I pictured this beautifully restored American car in the city of Trinidad with the Museum of the Revolution in the background. While I love cars myself (and I would like to find a way of sharing mine) I’m hoping that two things don’t happen with the thawing of US Cuban relations. The first is that these old cars don’t just get scrapped or exported to collectors in the rest of the world. They are now part of Cuba’s heritage and as such should be restored and used in Cuba. Secondly, I hope that Cuba doesn’t get flooded with new cars as that is the last thing it needs. Many of the streets are small and narrow and the Cuban cities don’t need to end up looking like any capitalist city. As Cuba is starting from scratch as it were it needs an organised scheme of shared car ownership where cars can be booked for an hour or more when needed and are placed conveniently throughout towns and cities. This in association with a decent public transport system should keep the streets clear, safe and clean and not tie up money on these expensive items which for most people sit idle for much of the day. The crazy world of the West is like it is because of poorly designed, inconvenient and expensive public transport systems. My hope that as in most other things that Cuba does that it again dares to be different. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.