Murray Walker was a legend of motorsport having become synonymous with Formula 1 during a commentary career spanning seven decades.
His personal experience of the sport from its infancy in 1950 gave him a unique insight into the world of F1.
Murray started commentating on regional motorsport events in 1948 before being chosen to be a part of the BBC’s original F1 broadcasting team in the 1970’s. He became the voice of F1® during the 80’s and 90’s during which time he had a number of high profile side-kicks in the commentary box. He struck up an unlikely chemistry with 1976 World Champion James Hunt and they became an increasingly popular duo for over a decade on the BBC.
Walker’s passion marked him out among commentators, as David Coulthard once said, “he made even the most boring bike race sound interesting”. His passion for racing always shone through in his commentary, with his unique excitable style often leading to “Murrayisms” – miss-calls or statements of the obvious – that made watching and listening to Walker essential viewing right up until his retirement at the USA Grand Prix in 2001.
Murray died on 13th March 2021 at the age of 97.