His voice got here to outline Formulation 1 for generations of followers – however right now it was introduced that legendary commentator Murray Walker had handed away, aged 97.
A warfare veteran and former motorbike racer and trials champion, Walker’s broadcasting profession started in 1948 on the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, occurring to cowl a complete gamut of motorsports, from touring vehicles to truck racing to rallycross.
However it was in Formulation 1 the place Walker actually got here to prominence, turning into the BBC’s full-time commentator from 1978. He would solely name time on his profession after the 2001 United States Grand Prix – with Walker having received the love of F1 followers the world over within the intervening years, not only for his passionate, excitement-filled commentaries of the game’s most iconic moments, however for his humble method.
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His well-known collections of ‘Murrayisms’ solely made the love for him stronger.
“The lead automobile is completely distinctive, apart from the one behind it which is equivalent”, “there’s nothing fallacious together with his automobile besides that it is on hearth” and “except I’m very a lot mistaken…. I’m very a lot mistaken” are all phrases which have gone down within the annals of the game, with Walker having been a member of the paddock much-loved by drivers, group principals and fellow media figures alike.
“I at all times regarded it as my temporary not simply to tell however to entertain,” Walker mentioned in an interview in 2011.
“I knew that 95 per cent of my viewers weren’t within the diameter of the gudgeon pin. What they needed was to share the joy that I used to be fortunate sufficient to be witnessing. And fortunate is the phrase: my work has taken me around the world umpteen instances to international locations I might by no means in any other case have visited, and I’ve rubbed shoulders with some excellent folks. I’ve been extremely, gigantically fortunate.”
Formulation 1 sends its condolences to Murray Walker’s household.
Murray Walker’s well-known commentary of Mansell’s tyre blowout at Australia 1986