Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cuban daredevil dead? (revised)

Photo: Hobbies en la Red
(Note to readers: In September, nearly three months after I wrote this post, the relative who told me that Bretos had passed away said that her information may not have been accurate and Bretos may be alive. That would be good news, of course. But I can't confirm what's true at this point. Sorry for the lack of information).

Lourdes Bretos has passed away, one of her relatives told me today. She was a pioneer among female riders of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Cuba.
Her father, Luis Bretos, ran a bustling Harley-Davidson dealership in Havana. Lourdes Bretos told me in a 1999 interview:
Harleys sold like hot bread. They sold like crazy.
In the 1950s, Bretos did stunts on Harleys, even riding one along the top of the narrow seawall on the edge of Havana. She told me:
Those were the best days of my life. We toured the entire island by motorcycle, going where there were no roads.
Bretos left Cuba in 1961.
She was reluctant to talk to reporters. Since 2010, I've been to her apartment in Miami three times asking for an interview, but I never had any luck.
My condolences to her relatives.

1 comment:

Laz Red said...

always with great ones but this one is special. sorry but i have to link it