Vale: Murray Walker

Legendary UK racing commentator, described as "The Voice of Formula 1," has died.

Legendary UK racing commentator Murray Walker, described as “The Voice of Formula 1,” has died aged 97.

The British Racing Drivers’ Club announced his passing on Saturday evening.

He initially joined the BBC as a commentator in 1978 and worked full-time until he retired from his role in 2001 when he then served as ITV’s lead commentator.

In a legendary career that spanned seven decades, Murray was best known for his excitable and passionate style that coined his famous ‘Murrayisms’ that ranged from “simple misidentifications” to “lovely, labyrinthian, effortlessly complex acrobatic displays of linguistic virtuosity.

“The car is unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.”

“It would have been Senna’s third win in a row if he’d won the two before.”

“With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go.”

“I don’t make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong.”

“There’s nothing wrong with the car except it’s on fire.”

“There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.”

“Unless I’m very much mistaken… I am very much mistaken!”

“And now excuse me while I interrupt myself!”

“You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.”

“I’m ready to stop my start watch.”

Murray was appointed an OBE in 1996 for his services to broadcasting and motor racing.

Source: crash.net

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  1. RIP Murray Walker. I remember watching the GP with my family. Especially back when it was in Adelaide (where I used to live as a kid) so naturally everyone knew who he was. Loved the Murray quotes you added David. Forgot how funny he was.

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