Havana Motor Club

PhotographerLuiz Maximiano
Entry Description

Car races were banned from Cuba a couple of years after the Revolution and has remained like that ever since. Even though it's illegal and with no resources, a group of amateur auto racing enthusiasts in Havana keep the passion going by preparing their cars and promoting unofficial and illegal drag races that, in turn, are becoming very popular.

About Photographer

Luiz Maximiano (b. 1978, Assis Chateaubriand, PR, Brazil) graduated in Communication at ESPM, in Sao Paulo. As a photographer, he covered the war in Afghanistan, ethnic conflicts in Burma, the HIV crisis in southern Africa, elections in Pakistan, the struggles of Roma communities in Eastern Europe and social crisis in Latin America. In 2007, he was awarded the Canon Prize as the best photojournalist under 30 in the Netherlands. He was also chosen twice a finalist for the prestigious World Press Photo Masterclass. His work has appeared in many leading publications around the world such as Newsweek, Time, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, The Independent, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Die Welt, Panorama, L'Espresso and others. He is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.