Man ‘Drives’ from Cuba to USA

While on a visit to Miami, I met a man from Cuba who risked everything to get behind the wheel of his truck and ‘drive’ to the USA — I just HAD to tell his story.

In the week leading up to Memorial Day 2010, The Reporter (Fond du Lac, Wis.) has undertaken a multi-media project that recounts Norberto Gonzalez Jr.’s journey to America.
His story is a testament to those who are willing to put everything–including their lives–on the line for the chance to carve out a life in which the only limitations are those that are self-imposed.
Called “Freedom,” this five-part package will feature a daily online webumentary exploring the challenges Gonzalez faced in coming to America and then defending it. In addition, the newspaper will offer additional insights into a story that’s a reminder of how much people are willing to pay for freedom when they’ve been denied it their entire lives.

Coches de Cuba! Classic American Cars in Cuba! – Epic Drives Episode 16

Coches de Cuba! Classic American Cars in Cuba! - Epic Drives Episode 16

Join host Arthur St. Antoine and MT colleague Carlos Lago as they visit the embargoed island nation of Cuba—where they discover a time capsule of classic 1950s American cars, the world’s best cigars, and the unforgettable hangouts of writer Ernest Hemingway.

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Many agree that the auction house Barrett-Jackson has its grips on some of the greatest collector cars in America. But there’s a large group of classic cars just 90 miles off the Florida coast that no collector — try as they might — has been able to buy…because they reside in the communist country of Cuba.

Since the U.S. embargo was enacted in the early ’60s, no American products have been allowed either into the country, or out. And experts agree, sitting on that small island is a treasure trove of pre-1960 vehicles that many collectors would love to own.

During a trip to Cuba John McElroy captured the story of these incredible vehicles and their owners in a short Autoline documentary called “Stuck in Time” which begins this week’s broadcast. John then follows that story with a trip to our studio with two men well steeped in the car collecting culture. McKeel Hagerty knows the value of cars like these since insuring vintage vehicles is part of his business at Hagerty Insurance. And Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has been collecting classic cars for years. This week on Autoline they join John to share their thoughts on Cuba, these unique cars and whether or not they’ll ever make it off the island.