Deadline nears for California museum’s trip to Cuba

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Havana street scene| California Automobile Museum
Havana street scene| California Automobile Museum
Havana street scene| California Automobile Museum

Friday, November 15 is the deadline to register for the California Automobile Museum’s cars and culture trip to Cuba. The 9-day, 8-night “Cuba’s Classic Cars” is scheduled for March 27 through April 4, 2015, and will include the museum’s executive director, Karen McClaflin.

“It is estimated that Cuba has approximately 60,000 classic American cars that are still in almost-perfect working condition,” the museum said in its most recent update. “You will meet with the owners of these amazing cars and exchange ideas to understand the level of ingenuity required to maintain these automotive treasures.

“Cuba is the only place in the world where you will be able to see this amazing array of vintage automotive gems, as they are part of the national heritage or Patrimonio Nacional, and cannot leave the island.”

In addition to meeting with various car clubs, the tour will include the Museo de Autos Antiguos, a cruise in classic cars down El Malecon, as well as visits to the national art school, Portages cigar factory, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Chocolate, the Hemingway Museum, Bellamar caves, Morro Castle and other locations.

Cost, which includes transportation from Miami to Havana, is $5,050 for double occupancy or $5,550 for a single. For details, visit the museum website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.