Remembering John Lamm
John Lamm, a longtime automotive journalist and member of the organizing committee for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, has died on the age of 76.
“John was there at first when Steve Earle took his loopy concept of gathering some mates to mud off their automobiles for a observe day and remodeled the small gathering into what turned the world-renowned occasion that it’s at present,” WeatherTech Raceway’s Barry Toepke mentioned of Lamm’s involvement with the Reunion.
“As a part of our choice committee, John provided salient perception from seemingly out of nowhere,” Toepke added. “He was greatest mates with Method 1 world champion Phil Hill and often wrote and photographed about their travels collectively for Highway & Observe journal, books and worldwide magazines.
“He was additionally the director of our annual group photographs,” Toepke continued. “From excessive atop the elevate, he would bark orders to place the automobiles simply as he had deliberate in his head. He was fairly the character, at all times upbeat and constructive, and was without end captivated with not solely the occasion, however the individuals and automobiles that assembled every August. He loved watching you on observe, working within the pits, and sharing tales with future generations to maintain the eagerness for vehicles alive.”
A Wisconsin native, Lamm was impressed to his profession after watching races at Elkhart Lake. He landed his first job at MotorTrend journal, and after six years there, joined Highway & Observe, the place he stayed for 37 years.
He additionally had 10 books to his credit score, and obtained two of automotive journalism’s highest honors for writing — the Worldwide Motor Press Affiliation’s Ken Purdy Award and the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award. Lamm had additionally been a decide on the Pebble Seashore Concours d’Class for twenty years.
“For many who knew John or crossed paths even briefly with him, we all know that we’re all enriched from the expertise,” Toepke mentioned. “He can be dearly missed roaming the paddock subsequent August.”
Initially on VintageMotorsports.com.