Murray Walker, aptly nicknamed the voice of F1 for his years of service to the sport as a commentator, has passed away at the age of 97. Walker enjoyed a 52-year-long TV commentary career which saw him become a regular voice in British households.
Murray got his big break in motorsport commentary by following in the footsteps of his father, Graham Walker.
The pair became the first father-and-son sports commentary pair from 1949 to 1962 as they lent their voices to a host of British motorsport events.
Murray Walker eventually made the transition into F1 commentary in the 1970s, before going full-time for the 1978 season.
He would go on to become one of the most iconic commentary figures in Britain and earned a reputation for his amusing ‘Murrayisms’.
His excitable nature came across during his commentary which F1 fans still remember fondly to this day.
Walker was joined by the likes of James Hunt, Jackie Stewart and Martin Brundle in the commentary box throughout his career.
And his final full-time Formula One television commentary came at the 2001 United States Grand Prix with the likes of Michael Schumacher and Bernie Ecclestone attending a dinner to mark the end of Walker’s career in commentary.
He continued to work on small projects around F1 until only a few years ago due to ill health.
Tributes for Walker quickly flooded social media after the British Racing Drivers’ Club confirmed that he had passed away.
Their statement read: “It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE.