David Coulthard spent part of F1's summer break in Cuba, discovering more about the country's classic cars and the mechanics that keep them running.
The 60,000 classic cars on Havana's streets are a result of the country´s revolution: cars can only be bought and sold if they ran on the streets of Cuba before 1959.
As part of his trip, DC – accompanied by a couple of Red Bull
mechanics and support team manager Tony Burrows as navigator - raced through some of Havana's historic neighbourhoods as he contested the Cuban Classic Car Rally in a 1955 Pontiac, and admitted he was amazed by the cars they saw and mechanics they met.
“I've heard about the old cars in Cuba, but you really need to come here to understand how the cars are held together with bits of whatever they can find,” the Scot commented, “They can't import spare parts so, where most mechanics would take out a broken part and replace it with a new one, here they have to think of creative solutions.”
“I was blown away by the skills of these guys,” Burrows added, “They have nothing to work with and they have kept these cars running for nearly 60 years. The way they get around problems is incredible.”