Formula 1 is overflowing with the names of legends. Lauda, Senna, Schumacher, Hunt, Hill, Moss, Clark, Newey, Dennis, Chapman, Ferrari, Andretti, Mansell, Nuvolari, Ascari, Fangio and many, many more.
It also had a legend who called many of the feats that made these names the legends they are. That name is Murray Walker. Murray was the voice of F1 for decades and it is with sadness that the British Racing Driver’s Club announced his passing today.
“It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate member Murray Walker OBE,” the statement said.
“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favourite commentator and a contagious smile. Murray will be sadly missed, his mark and voice will live on in motorsport and our hearts forever.
“We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. Sending our love and thoughts to Murray’s family and friends in this difficult time.
“RIP our friend.”
Walker began his broadcast career in 1948 and was a WWII veteran. He began calling Formula 1 in 1976 through 2001 and was known for his famous Murrayisms. Murray was an icon of British F1 commentary and a remarkable man in every measure.
If you have never read his biography, I highly recommend it as it is a fantastic read. He will be sorely missed and we are all much poorer with his absence in the world.