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    July 2015
Posted by GlasgowSpider on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:44 AM

Caught that by accident. Lots of cool 50's cars and interesting stories. The resourcefulness that they display is inspiring.

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:56 AM

I hope it comes to the UK soon via the Discovery Channel on Sky TV.

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    April 2015
Posted by JEePgUy on Monday, July 27, 2015 1:48 PM
I watched my first episode last nit.If u ask me,I thought the show was a bit depressing.All it showed,was how some of America's finest iron,are being kept together with spit,& tape.The cars were in very SH#%@& condition,and being used as taxi cabs,police,and government cars.I thought the show was going to be about people's own classic cars collections that they really cared for,like we do here in the states.I mean one thing is positive about the show,is you feel like you are in a time warp when you see the huge amount of American cars that roam all around Cuba's streets,which is a direct impact of non-free trade with the U.S since the trade embargo took place so many years ago.I think it's a very odd show,to say the least.
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    December 2004
  • From: Kannsas City
Posted by 93slammer on Monday, July 27, 2015 5:01 PM

If it's on Discovery you can pretty much guarantee it's going to be garbage. Especially if its produced by the same bunch as Fast ‘N Loud, & Street Outlaws.

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    July 2007
Posted by FloridaBoy on Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:14 AM

I live in the Miami-Ft Lauderdale area which is covered by Miami stations, and there is a lot of new stories every day relating to Cuba, which has a large ethnic population around.  I have been salivating for years watching the BACKGROUND shots with fifites and sixties cars rolling around. When the relations are completely restored in the future, we will have a wealth of those cars here I am sure which will be replaced there by our today stuff, which ain't classic.  I can't wait.


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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, August 3, 2015 5:49 AM

I watched part of the first episode and it showed everything I had read about Cuba and the last remaining American cars there. I have always had trouble understanding dialects and the constant back and forth between languages got the better of me and I stopped watching before the first commercial break.  

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Posted by MonteSS05 on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:36 PM

I tried to watch it, but when I saw what they thought were cars worthy of a car show and how they jury rig everything I had to shut it off. It was depressing, post war Oldsmobile with an oil burning boat motor?? Just shoot me in the head.

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    November 2004
  • From: Muskego,Wisconsin
Posted by lordairgtar on Saturday, November 7, 2015 12:44 AM


I tried to watch it, but when I saw what they thought were cars worthy of a car show and how they jury rig everything I had to shut it off. It was depressing, post war Oldsmobile with an oil burning boat motor?? Just shoot me in the head.


It's not like they can go to the nearest NAPA store and buy parts. To keep the cars running, they do what they have to do. One of the guys in the show was resoring an Austin Healey. He hand beat panels of aluminum to repair the body and did a pretty good job of it. The engine in the car was a Chevy six of some kind.

Far more can be accomplished by the simple prayers of good people than by all the statesmen or armies of the world---Ronald Reagan 1984

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    December 2015
  • From: N-KY
Posted by airgunner on Monday, January 18, 2016 7:34 AM

I'm a little suprised by some of the responces here. Do you guys realize how poor most of these people are and how limited their resources are? Parts availabilty is just part of the problem. Tools and materials are also extremely hard to come by.

The guy resoring the Healy needed some of the panels welded. Just finding someone who could weld aluminum there was hard enough and then come to find the welder didn't have enough aluminum rod left to finish the job and wasn't sure how long it would take to get some more?

No, these cars are not even close to well restored by US standards but the love, energy, ingenuity and dedication it takes to keep these cars going considering all of the limitation they face is truely impresive, much more so than any "Concours correct" restoration done here in the states IMO

Just my opinion.


  • Member since
    September 2015
Posted by ModelDon on Monday, January 18, 2016 1:23 PM

I think its a pretty interesting show for what it is. Those guys are pretty much working with whatever they can to keep these old cars running. Lots of ingenuity and bailing wire! Great stuff. It does get a little redundant after a bit. Just like all reality TV. I think my favorite reality car related show right now is graveyard cars.


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