The popular “almendrones”, the American cars of the 40s and 50s of last century that still roll in the streets of Cuba, are the protagonists of the fair CubaNostalgia, which opened its doors in Miami today.
The event, which will be held for three days at the Miami-Dade Fair Expo, features more than a dozen of those vehicles, whose owners are part of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Among the “almendrones” on display at this feast of longing, which is expected to congregate in its three days to about 30,000 people, they include a MG convertible of 1931, a Chrysler Sedan of 1941, and a Pontiac Catalina of two doors made in 1950 , All with their original parts.
The protagonism of these relics of four wheels is emphasized in the poster elaborated by the artist César Santaló.
The CubaNostalgia program, which commemorates the independence of the Caribbean nation, held every May 20, includes the screening of the documentary “Cuba sobre ruedas” (2017) by René Álvarez, dedicated to the history of the car on the island from 1898 to the present day .
The party offers the opportunity to taste the main dishes, drinks and cocktails of the island, and to participate in a dance competition with awards consisting of air tickets to any destination.
In a space of more than 50,000 square feet (more than 4,600 square meters), the so-called “Artists Square”, paintings and photographs of various themes will be exhibited, amidst street recreations in Havana.
In the musical section the performance of the group Santiaguera, the salsero Willy Chirino and the participation of the presenter Lucy Pereda, who carries a healthy food blog is planned.
The program includes theatrical performances, an installation with the “almendrones” as a central theme, as well as an exhibition with the main covers of the newspaper El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish version of the Miami Herald, which this year marks its thirtieth anniversary.
Those attending this event “will be able to buy old records, Cuban films from the 50’s, prints, old books and memorable flannels (t-shirts) of the time. But beyond that, they will be able to enjoy the Cuban atmosphere”, describes a press release Of the organization.