Murray Walker, voice of F1, passes away aged 97

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Murray Walker

Murray Walker

Much loved former Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has passed away at the age of 97, it has been announced.

Walker covered the sport for over two decades, working for BBC from 1976 to 1996 before moving to ITV where he worked for four years before retiring.

On Saturday evening, The British Racing Drivers’ Club released a statement announcing that he had passed away

“It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE,” a statement read.

“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nations 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.

“RIP our friend.”

After serving as a captain in the Second World War, Walker raced motorcycles like his father before him and the two commentated on the sport together for the BBC.

When his father passed away in 1962, he became the station’s lead motorcycling commentator but only covered F1 occasionally until 1978.

He then went full-time and went on to become the voice of the sport for decades, becoming renowned for his excitable nature and his “Murrayisms.”

The Brit retired after the 2001 season and was awarded a BAFTA for his contributions to television, as well as a number of other honours.

“Rest in Peace Murray Walker,” said former F1 driver and current commentator Martin Brundle.

“Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula One legend.”

Everyone at PlanetF1 sends our condolences to Murray’s family and friends, and thanks him for the many happy memories he gave us over the years – some of which you can relive in our feature: BBC F1: Murray Walker, James Hunt & the glory years.

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