Some of our members’ cars were under the light this past weekend. The cars were displayed at the Cuba Nostalgia event and showcased indoors at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center located within the Youth Fair Grounds in Miami.
Cuba Nostalgia is held for three days each year to coincide with May 20th, Cuban Independence Day. This year marked the 18th show held in Miami which was previously held at the Coconut Grove Convention Center and directed by Mr. Leslie Pantin, the event founder.
The show is a cultural exposition in which everything Cuban and the Cuban heritage is celebrated to include food, art and music under a yearly theme. The theme for 2016 was “Cuban Drinks”. The Bacardi Group made sure they provided the famous Mojito, Daiquiris and Cuba Libre drinks to compliment this theme.
The 1950’s era vehicles were spotted throughout the venue complementing the various Latin sponsor sites represented at the show. The cars were presented as a courtesy of South Florida Region A.A.C.A. members: Frank L Garcia’s 1954 Buick Skylark, Guy Lewis’s 1931 Ford Roadster and 1956 Chrysler Windsor, Jose Varela’s 1950 Pontiac 2-door coupe and Al Padilla’s 1954 Buick Roadmaster sedan.
The 1931 Ford took the place of Ozzie Nunez 1955 Oldsmobile Holiday which developed mechanical problems prior to the event. The 1956 Ford Thunderbird was loaned by Sergio Martinez to Al Padilla to be displayed at one of the booths.
These 50’ cars added a dimensional and nostalgic feeling to the Cuban people in exile as they took an imaginary trip back to their native country, serving as a reminder of the automobiles they grew up with and left behind. Hoping you enjoy these pictures as we enjoyed the show.
Story and Photos by Al Padilla