Discovery Channel will premiere first reality series filmed in Cuba on 13th July

Posted: 01-Jul-15 18:46

Cuban Chrome is the first reality series filmed and produced by an U.S. television company in Cuba in more than 50 years. The series which will be aired on the Discovery Channel starting 13th July, show the incredible talent and creativity Cuban people employ to keep their old American cars alive and kicking as they battle their way through Cuba's difficult, poorly maintained roads.

Discovery Channel will premiere first reality series filmed in Cuba on 13th July

A new TV series in the form of documentary produced by American company Pilgrim Studios, will let U.S. viewers into the secrets of owning old classic cars in Cuba and maintaining them against all odds, despite the lack of materials and replacement parts. The documentary will show how Cuban owners work their magic to keep these vintage beauties running half a decade on and it will become the first U.S. TV series entirely shot in Cuba in more than five decades.

The TV show, the first of its kind to ever be filmed on Cuba, focuses on a team of Cuban expert automobile mechanics who go under the name of “A lo Cubano” (the Cuban way) and who are dedicated to repair and rehabilitate old American cars.

Cubans still proudly (and resignedly) own American cars from the 50s mostly out of sheer necessity (rather than for a love of the vintage vehicles) simply because newer car models stopped being imported since the triumph of the Revolution 54 years ago (with only the exception of Soviet models, like Ladas, Moskovitz and the like).

So, most Cubans have had to make do with their old cars and are forced to find new and inventive ways to keep them running despite the lack of replacement parts and the many challenges of Cuba’s rocky, pot-hole filled roads.

The documentary sheds a light on this peculiar mode of car survival and the story of each show is narrated through the members of the "A lo Cubano" car club, a group that describes themselves as:

“…a passionate group of enthusiasts, repairmen, mechanics and apprentices”.

The programme’s synopsis reads:

"After the 1959 Cuban Revolution and the subsequent United States embargo, it has been illegal to import American cars to the island nation – as a result, Cuba’s vintage American vehicles are frozen in time. For Cubans, these cars are not just a means of transportation, but a way of life.

CUBAN CHROME will give viewers an intimate look into this rarely seen country as they meet the men and women who put everything on the line to keep these classic cars running. "

The show will be aired both in English and Spanish simultaneously on Discovery Channel and Discovery Channel Español.


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