For Cubans who own some 60,000 classic American cars and have cobbled together ways to keep those cars going for so many decades (part 1): A flow of NOS parts.
For those who have purchased million-dollar-plus Ferraris, a rising tide that lifts all barchettas.
For Craig Jackson, the next Ron Pratte.
For Cubans who own some 60,000 classic American cars and have cobbled together ways to keep them going for so many decades (part 2): A way to keep their cars on the island and thus retain an important part of their culture and a genuine reason for American tourists to visit.
For the judges at all concours d’elegance taking place anywhere except on the Monterey Peninsula: The gumption to follow Pebble Beach’s lead and to select a post-war car as your Best of Show.
For the judges at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the Monterey Peninsula: The gumption to pick any car they choose for Best of Show without feeling pressured to select another post-war vehicle now that you’ve broken the tradition
For organizers of car shows from concours d’elegance to local cruise-ins, sunny weather.
For Americans who want to see those Cuban-cobbled cars (part 1): Cuban vacations.
For the Historic Vehicle Association, two great cars a month to add to the National Historic Vehicle Register during 2015.
For people who see classic cars only as investments or as vehicles to flip for quick profit, shame on you.
For the Petersen Automotive Museum, a way to stay on the radar while renovations are being made to your building.
For the Gilmore Car Museum, a way to shed the title of America’s best-kept automotive secret.
For Peter Mullin, an exhibit worthy of following in the tire treads of Voisin and Bugatti at the Mullin Automotive Museum.
For all other car museums, record attendance in 2015.
For car-museum visitors, the time and means to visit every place on your bucket list.
For Americans who want to see those Cuban-cobbled cars (part 1): Vacations to Cuba.
For Americans who want to see those Cuban-cobbled cars (part 2): A sponsor or sponsors to step forward and fund a curated tour of as many as 24 of those cars to visit 24 American car museums during a 48-month span and then to return the cars to their owners in Cuba.
For muscle-car fans, more all-authentic tire-shredders that are not clones, tributes or downright fakes.
For the classic car hobby, a more diverse and younger audience catching the passion for great old cars.
For Dana Mecum, a source for enough cars — but not from Cuba — to supply all the auctions you have scheduled in 2015, and to Mecum, Drew Alcazar, Richard Sevenoaks, Keith McCormick, Mitch Silver and other classic car auction owners, enough good cars to supply all those new people we hope are attracted to the hobby.
For all owners of classic cars, a rust-free 2015 (and beyond).
For the automotive archeologists, more wonderful (and genuine) barn finds in 2015.
For David Gooding, a few of those best-of-the-barn finds for your auction catalogs.
For Rob Myers, another just-a-few-blocks-off-Broadway smash hit with your next big RM-Sotheby’s classic car auction in New York City.
For Bonhams, success in your debut on Amelia Island to secure your place as a major player in the U.S. auction market.
For American car collectors who want to buy up those cobbled-by-Cubans cars: The gumption to keep your hands off and allow the cars to stay in Cuba (and if you want to spend some of your money, then donate it to the tour of Cuban cars we propose above).
For the entire classic car hobby, no bubbles, just a nice, strong marketplace.
And for the National Corvette Museum, no more sinkholes. Ever.