Photographer's Note

I saw this guy washing this colourful red classic car in a small street next to the Malecon.

Car ownership in Cuba is very strange. There are several colours of license plates. I can't remember which colour is which.

One is the standard license plate which is usually attached to old vehicles from before the revolution or russian vehicles from after, its is the "private owner license plate". Normally these vehicles are either on the hands of people who had them before the revolution, or their children or granschildren or to people who earned russian cars for their service to the revolution. The cars are in theory the government's property who is gracious enough to let these people drive the cars.

In practice cars are traded around like everything else in exchange for money. You have enterprising people who pay the owner for the car and uses it as a taxi. Virtually all "private cars" in cuba are used as taxis to make some income for the owner and becuase of the lack of public transport.

Other colours of license plates indicate official government cars (which are sometimes used as taxis too), joint venture company cars for employees usually foreign of foreign/cuban joint ventures, and iplomatic cars. Then there is Fidel's special caravan of 3 black mercedes (which I saw passing by).

Poor guy, he doesnt even imagine how much money I made washing cars for the wealthy in Miami on weekends :)

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Additional Photos by daniel barreto (rbcy1974) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2354 W: 147 N: 3406] (20758)
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