It's a sad way to end. The LMP1 era will go out with a whimper at this weekend's Bahrain round of the World Endurance Championship: just the two Toyotas on the grid and little or no chance of any kind of battle to rekindle memories of the glory days of the category.
While the pair of TS050 HYBRIDs, the drivers of one of them with an arm tied behind their backs, play out the charade that Saturday's Bahrain 8 Hours will surely be, I'll have my work cut out to prevent my mind from wandering back to better times. And there really were some amazing moments over the quarter of a century of LMP1.
I may be biased, because the history of LMP1 neatly straddles my time working for Autosport. The category started in embryonic form back in 1994, my first year writing for the title, and was slow away from the blocks at a time when manufacturers were more interested in producing allegedly road-based GT1 machinery. It got into its stride as the last century was coming to a conclusion and then entered its pomp at the end of the noughties.