Motor racing is not going to be quite the same without Charly Lamm. Not for me and, I'm sure, not for many others. It somehow won't feel right when the German is no longer at the helm of a team he turned into a byword for success with BMW over a period spanning five decades. That team, of course, is Schnitzer Motorsport.
Lamm's decision to hang up the headphones at the age of 63 is particularly pertinent to me. Our paths have crossed in so many different paddocks over the years, paddocks all around the world.
It started with the British Touring Car Championship back in 1993 and stretched through Schnitzer's sportscar campaigns in the late '90s and early 2000s. It continued into the World Touring Car Championship and finally back into my more regular patch with the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at the start of the present decade.