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Cuba: Classic Cars and an Award for Cuban Inventiveness

The awards ceremony for the Cuban Classic Car Competition took place on January 5, 2019. The sui generis competition celebrated the 500th anniversary of when the city La Villa de San Cristobal de Havana was founded.

The project began last November when 200 old cars were selected. The “A lo Cubano” motor-racing club took part in this selection phase.

Havana’s Malecon was the chosen backdrop for this competitive parade. The route was five kilometers long and went from the Riviera to the Grand Packard Hotels, thereby recalling the Packard car exhibition in one of the halls at the luxurious hotel in the early 20th century, soon after it was initially opened. During this Saturday parade, 15 cars were chosen.

The Grand Packard hosted the awards ceremony for the best-preserved car, taking into account its original aesthetic, and that it has the greatest number of original parts from the manufacturer, as well as the most popular “almendron” (the large almond shape used to describe them).

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