CubaNostalgia to feature classic cars known as ‘almendrones’

Those classic old American cars that delight tourists in Cuba and appear in so many photos of Havana will be the theme of this year’s 19th edition of CubaNostalgia.

But the cars that will be on exhibit aren’t from the island; they are from collectors in South Florida.

The traditional event, which marks Cuba’s birth as a nation on May 20, will be held at the Miami-Dade Fair Expo May 19-21.

El Nuevo Herald will mark its own 30th anniversary with a display of key front pages along eight panels at the company’s exhibit area and a video featuring celebrities congratulating the newspaper. The collection includes the newspaper’s first front page, on Nov. 21, 1987, predicting a new wave of Cuban migrant arrivals.

(L-R): Richard Rodriguez and Pedro Balmaseda prepare the exhibit area which will feature key front pages in honor of el Nuevo Herald’s 30th anniversary. .

Roberto Koltun

A giant Cuban flag will hang over the kiosk, created by the Nobarte company.

“The classic cars have become a famous part of Cuba around the world. They reflect the ability of Cubans to make-do and keep them rolling,” said Leslie Pantín, founder and director of CubaNostalgia. “We wanted to celebrate them, and took the opportunity to recognize the work of a group of Cuban-American collectors who have rescued those cars from oblivion and keep them in the best shape possible.”

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