Silverstone this weekend isn't the end of an era, but it is the beginning of the end. It's the start of the last season for the LMP1 class, and I'll be shedding a tear or two over the course of the division's farewell tour through the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship.
It's not that I'm uninspired by the prospect of what's to follow in a year's time, when a new breed of top-flight sportscar comes on stream with the WEC's hypercar category. I'm hoping for a run of announcements from manufacturers big and small over the next 12 months to make me ever more enthusiastic.
Rather, I will be sad because I'll forever be casting my mind back to the good times of LMP1 in all its pomp and glory. You never know what you've got until it's gone, and it has gone now with Toyota left as the only manufacturer standing. But, boy, did we have something special.