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Another fatal crash, another visitor detained

 AGAIN CUBAis preventing a Canadian tourist from leaving after a serious car accident. Like Cody LeCompteEli Raffoul and others before them, Damian Buksa has been ordered to remain on the Caribbean island until authorities determine whether charges should be laid.    Buksa, 34, of Mississauga, has been in Cuba since July, when he arrived for what he thought would be a two-week holiday. His story became public only this week, however, as friends and relatives stepped up calls on the Canadian government to pressure Cuba for Buksa's release.
   Cuban investigations are slow, even in cases that might seem straightforward. Here, however, the circumstances are far from clear.
   Buksa, visiting the Guardalavaca area, rented a car and engaged a Cuban man to act as his guide. He says he was asleep in the back seat and the guide was driving when the car left the road and rammed into a tree.
   The men had been at a bar, drinking with two women. Buksa says he returned to the car with one woma…

More from the lost Chevy commercial

From the archives of Tony Robertson:

Next: Camera platforms.

See also:
End of the Day
Treat It Like Gold
The Daily Dance
Discovered! The Lost Chevy Commercial

International celebration

International trucks lack the following of old Fords, Chevrolets and Dodges. International was primarily a manufacturer of commercial trucks – even if it did produce some fine pickups over the years – and thus couldn't build the close bonds with generations of owners that have created such loyalty to the other brands.
   International survives today as Navistar, which builds only heavy trucks.
   But there's one place where International gets some love.
   In Cuba, many Internationals that started life as commercial trucks – medium-duty K and KB models from the 1940s and L, R and S series Internationals from the 1950s – live on today in the hands of individual owners. They serve as private taxis and buses and farm vehicles, and often double as personal transportation.
   And whether they have their original Green Diamond six-cylinder gasoline engine or a Soviet diesel replacement, they're valued for their clean and classic lines and rock-solid construction.
   At some point, t…

A Plymouth, a Chev and a mystery truck

   THREE MORE images from Tony Robertson, First two are reasonably easy to identify, but the third one has me stumped. Any guesses?

Further to that last item

At VanDerBrink Auctions, you can see all the Chevys (plus a scattering of other brands) that were sold in the Lambrecht Chevrolet sale – and marvel at the prices some fetched. Still, looking at the condition of many of the Lambrecht cars, I'd have to say the Chevrolets in Cuba are often in better shape.

Missed Nebraska? Try Cuba

OLD CHEVROLETS have been much in the news lately (though always in our hearts) because of a Nebraska auction that drew world-wide attention.    Roy Lambrecht, a small-town Chevy dealer for 50 years, had the unusual habit of hanging on to unsold vehicles rather than cutting prices to make room for new inventory. Over the years he amassed some 500 cars and trucks – some with single-digit readings on their odometers and the factory plastic wrap still covering their seats.
   Most were the worse for time and weather, if not wear, but when the Lambrecht family finally decided to sell the collection, the two-day auction attracted 15,000 would-be buyers from around the globe.
Of course, we know another place to see old Chevs. These ones might show the marks of many miles, but that doesn't mean we love them less.

Search "Lambrecht Chevrolet" and you'll find a zillion reports on the auction – but this piece by Peter Salter of the Lincoln Journal Star tells a particularly sweet s…