Cuban Sports Car Club joins the 2016 Edition of "Rutas y Andares" programme

Posted: 18-Jul-16 13:14

This year's edition of socio-cultural programme "Rutas y Andares" hosts an exciting exhibit for sports cars fans. The national Sports Car Club will show off some of its most outstanding gems in Old Havana, just in front of the beautiful "Plaza de Armas". This initiative adds freshness to the programme's varied activities which intend to show some of the island's most important patrimonial assets.

Cuban Sports Car Club joins the 2016 Edition of "Rutas y Andares" programme

New activities will help you either discover or relive in detail every part of UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Havana. “Rutas y Andares” (Routes and Walks) offers recreational workshops and seven routes this year, a different one every week including a brand new special children’s tour by the name of “the city through the eyes of a child”, which took place on Tuesday 12th July. This edition offers something for everyone and boasts different subjects and themes for every interest: visual arts, archaeology, numismatics, dance, poetry, architecture, crafts, music, photography, cinema and theatre, among others.

The biggest surprise of this year, however, comes in the form of an unexpected yet very exciting sports car exhibition. Facing the beautiful Hotel Isabel, the terrace near the iconic “Plaza de Armas” will lend its space to Cuba’s Sports Car Club and become a true “museum on wheels”. Since July 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., stunning antique yet amazing sports cars will be displayed for spectators to observe and admire.

As a fan-base for cars and motor sports grows in Cuba, this exhibition follows other significant car-related events like the motor sports show in Havana’s Malecon seawall. Shortly before, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt displayed the history of auto-racing in Cuba since 1959 in a documentary where he focuses on Cuban drag racing.

Make the most of this experience by asking club members about the maintenance of these rare jewels, manufactured in the mid twentieth century yet beautifully preserved to this day. The owners, who have lovingly contributed to making these cars look shiny and almost new after more than 60 years, are responsible for creating a unique and spectacular ambiance in Havana. These “almendrones” (as locals name 50s cars due to their almond shape) are also considered part of the nation’s patrimony today.

Organised every summer by the Havana Historian’s Office, “Rutas y Andares” is a socio-cultural programme that looks to remind Cuban families who participate and travellers from all over the world of the city’s interesting and stunning heritage. The project began in 2001 and celebrates today is sixteenth edition, with exciting excursions and visits and special displays.


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