Drag racing in Cuba
By the Cuba Journal staff
It’s one of the signature symbols of Cuba – the old, repurposed, rehabilitated American car from the 1940s and 1950s.
For years, these cars have been used for something more than just transportation, though — they’ve been used for drag racing.
That’s the subject of a new film called Havana Motor Club, which tells the story of Cuba’s community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since shortly after the 1959 revolution.
It also addresses the recent reforms that have increased exchange between Cubans, Cuban Americans and tourists.
One racer, for example, finds help from a Cuban American in Miami to bring parts for a Porsche.
The film by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Watch the trailer below: