Underground Racing, Cuban Style: “Havana Motor Club” Hits Big Screen

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Although race tracks of various sizes and configurations dot the U.S. landscape, street racing is still all too common. But what if all forms of racing was illegal? Imagine a land where there are no race tracks and all forms of vehicle racing are forbidden. “Havana Motor Club,” a new documentary film that opens today, explores Cuba’s underground racing scene.

With racing banned shortly after the country’s 1959 Revolution, the island nation’s tradition of racing has been kept alive by generations of illegal street racers. The film follows several racers including one who keeps a modern (for Cuba) Porsche running thanks to an American contact in Miami, as well as his fiercest rival who has learned to build a 1955 Chevy with few resources. Another racer faces the dilemma of entering the race or selling his engine to use the money to flee the country to Florida.

Havana Motor Club,” which first debuted at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, opens in select theaters this weekend and will be available on iTunes. Notable theaters showing the movie include the Arena Cinema in Hollywood, Village East in New York, and O Cinema in Miami. A handful of other theaters will screen the film across the country.

Check out the official trailer below, and for an in-depth look at “Havana Motor Club,” check out Hot Rod magazine’s review here.

Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films

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