Pablo Álvarez, General Coordinator of the Selection Committee of classic cars says that the event had the objective of stimulating the care and preservation of these cars that are an integral part of the Cuban environment, to publicize the great heritage that they represent since “they are not cars of collection nor are they in museums. We have the record of those cars working in excellent condition thanks to the love and commitment of their owners. “
He explained that the cars that were presented for evaluation a few days ago were analyzed by a team of experts who qualified based on conservation with a scale of five to three points.
As a result of that inspection, fifteen cars whose owners received gifts courtesy of Iberostar were selected and awarded.
Among them was the Iberostar Annual Grand Prize for the Conservation of Old Cars, a 1957 Plymouth, model Belvedere, owned by Ramón Ventura, who will be able to enjoy a 7-day stay in a hotel managed by the Spanish chain in Cuba.
The absolute winner commented that his car has 98% originality since the only changes he has made are in the painting and the clothing. “I feel very proud to have it,” he said and when asked how he does it, he said it takes a lot of sacrifice to maintain that degree of originality, so initiatives like this encourage owners to continue working. In addition, the votes on the Iberostar Classic Autos Facebook page were given as the winner of the Popularity Prize for a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, by Gabriel Sánchez, who received a five-night stay at the Hotel Iberostar Bella Vista.
To reward the efforts of the owners to keep their cars in good condition and for having participated in the event, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts delivered three additional prizes for a prize draw: a collection of promotional materials from the chain, and two nights at the Iberostar Playa hotels Alameda and Iberostar Laguna Azul.
More than a hundred of the colorful almendrones, as popularly known as the legendary classic cars of the 50s in Cuba, toured the Havana Malecón more than five kilometers separating the Iberostar Habana Riviera hotel from the Iberostar Grand Packard, where the parade in which the team of the club “A lo Cubano” had a high profile with unique cars in conservation and beauty.
The parade was accompanied by other dozens of almendrones that gave color to the caravan with its beauty and charm.
The Iberostar Grand Packard hotel recalls its origins, since the building hosted a Packard luxury showroom since the beginning of the 20th century, which is now part of its identity.
The initiative is also part of the activities to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the foundation of Havana and the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first automobile to Cuba in 1898.