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Mom and The Harley [1951]

This photo was a surprise to me and my sisters.

While it wasn’t a surprise that our Grandpa Harlow rode a Harley-Davidson in high school, we were all amazed to see our Mom pull something out of the archives showing her on the back of a big twin!  Location: 9th and Gamble in Anchorage AK – still a US Territory when the picture was snapped around 1951.  “The edge of the city” at the time, my Mom said.  Behind her and friend Don is my grandpa’s Chevy Fleetline sedan.  The Chugach Mountain Range to the east is looming over everyone in the background.

Looking at Google Maps, we see that the same view in the current day is very different!

Cacharro! Well-used Cuban `59 Chevy

Photo courtesy of Kachoff (Flickr) http://flic.kr/p/bUVREG

Well known already for its outrageous fins, this 1959 Chev Impala is famous as one of the surviving American-built cars that still ply the streets of Havana Cuba – fifty years after a US Embargo on Cuba.

Mechanics in that country are legendary for their ability to whip up a batch of home-brew brake fluid, rebuild an engine in an alley, and even retrofit a carburetor off a Soviet truck to keep these old cars – known locally as Cacharros – functional and mostly roadworthy.

Additionally, roughly 300 Harley-Davidson owners in Cuba manage to keep their pre-Embargo Big Twins alive in the same way, and recently had their first National Rally in April.

NY Times – Old Cars in Cuba: Nurtured But Not Loved

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