Havana hosts a summer party for motor sports enthusiasts

Posted: 16-Jul-16 08:37

In an attempt to promote road safety and please hundreds of motor sport lovers, local clubs "Amigos del motor", "Motos Japonesas" and "Fiat de Cuba" organised a special show in Havana's Malecon seawall this Sunday. Activities included racing competitions, motorbike and car exhibitions and freestyle motocross demonstrations.

Havana hosts a summer party for motor sports enthusiasts

Although Cuba is known as the “country of eternal summer” due to its permanently warm climate, when real summer arrives locals look forward to unwinding and enjoying many events. This year, motor sports found a privileged space in a special event organized by local clubs in Havana’s beautiful Malecon seawall.

In 2016, “Amigos del Motor”, “Motos Japonesas” and “Fiat de Cuba” were the three fan clubs who presided the event. Joining efforts with the country’s National Institute of Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) they created and offered a true spectacle for the hundreds of enthusiasts in the Cuban capital. Last Sunday, the crowd gathered under the island’s relentlessly hot sun to enjoy hours of incredible motorbike and car exhibitions and eye-popping motocross demonstrations.

The “party on wheels” kicked off with a memorable parade of the local groups’ most remarkable cars and motorbikes along the Malecon seawall and the Piragua. The event continued with a speed competition for motorbikes. This individual challenge consisted in racing for 200 metres to reach the highest speed possible. A Honda CBR from the “Motos Japonesas” club was the winner of the test with 178 km/h.

Following up, other amazing activities were planned to wow the public, including the Audio Show on wheels and the much anticipated “Amigos del Motor” parade where they would boast the legendary ’56 Chevrolet popularly called “El Misil del Cerro” (El Cerro’s Bullet) due to its surprising speed in spite of the years. Unfortunately, this exciting event had to be cancelled by local police authorities due to safety violations committed by members of the public.

Social indiscipline did not permit this motor sports celebration to continue, a truly disappointing turnout considering all the efforts put into this amazing show. The public was reminded the clubs’ and INDER’s main intentions are to promote values like the responsible practice of motor sports, road safety and respect for human lives. The police alerted citizens that wrongful behaviour such as this always brought potentially dangerous consequences and repeated indiscipline would not be tolerated.

In Cuba, extreme sports have slowly but firmly gained a significant number of fans in this Caribbean island, with several competitions taking place in the capital’s Parque Metropolitano park; there are even documentary films on this matter.


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