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Yank Tanks (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2 March 2002 (USA)
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Yanks Tanks is a first look at the phenomenon of classic American cars in Cuba. Like an exotic, endangered species, these colorful cars roam around this island paradise trapped in a 1950's ... See full summary »

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David Schendel
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Yanks Tanks is a first look at the phenomenon of classic American cars in Cuba. Like an exotic, endangered species, these colorful cars roam around this island paradise trapped in a 1950's time warp. As beacons of individuality in a sea of government conformity they represent freedom for those who own them. Owners who will do almost anything to keep them running. Seeing these old cars in recent films and photographs one wonders how they have maintained them after decades with no spare parts and an embargo by the United States. After repeated trips to Cuba, the Schendel brothers succeed in taking a close look into the underground world of Cuban cars, finding along the way a gallery of eccentric characters - the curators of the largest, living, automobile museum in the world. Written by <yanktanks@mac.com>

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car | cuba | embargo | 1950s | poverty | See All (15) »

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Cuba Is The Largest, Living, Automobile Museum In The World. You're About To Meet The Curators

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Cuba | USA

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Spanish

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2 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Blue Collar Films See more »
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Great Movie for Gearheads
7 March 2008 | by Johnny NitroSee all my reviews

I first read about this movie in "Hot Rod" magazine. I found it particularly interesting how this dedicated group of mechanics and automobile enthusiasts were able to keep their prized older American cars on the road. Without access to the typical parts sources in the U.S., Cubans have managed to reform sheet metal into any desired shape, mold and bend and cut glass to fit windshields, back or door windows, recycle glass in home kilns, fabricate chrome trim pieces by hand, adapt Soviet and other communist bloc parts and assemblies to fit any automobile desired, and generally keep their cars roadable. (Yes, IMDb, "roadable" is a real word, spelled correctly.)

The movie runs just under 70 minutes in length and features several interviews with mechanics and car owners. Pay particular attention to Ito, who makes new brake shoes.

The cars range from jury-rigged clunkers, to extremely well-maintained collectors' items. Watch through the end credits as well.


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