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Cabbie waves goodbye to unique car

21 Jan 2014 at 09:50

The owner of a famous London cab emblazoned with the colours of the Cuban flag says he feels like he's lost a family member, after he handed the vehicle over to a museum.

Tony Caccavone's unique vehicle will be put on display in a motor museum in Havana, Cuba's capital.

The car's 70-year-old owner painted the Cuban flag on it as a mark of solidarity with the country in the face of US sanctions.

The cabbie, from Enfield in north London, bought and painted the car in 1997, shortly after some Canadian tourists recommended Cuba to him as a place to visit. He said he empathises with the Cuban people and when he came back from his trip had the county's flag sprayed on his white car.

Mr Caccavone - known as 'Cuban Tony' to his friends, said that he had been promoting Cuba's cause for nearly 15 years but now the car needs to be retired.

The cab will get a fitting send off - the Cuban ambassador to London will be in attendance at a ceremony in Bolivar Hall in central London.

Mr Caccavone said: "It's going to be sad. For me it's going to be like losing part of my family, believe it or not.

"Because it's the only cab in London with a Cuban flag, and cab drivers have gone to Cuba now and [say] 'Hello Tony, I've just come back from Cuba'.

"I'm driving a rented cab at the moment and I feel I'm driving around London naked, because I've not got the Cuban cab.

"The thing for me which is an honour and a privilege is that cab's going to end up in a motor museum. It's its spiritual home."

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