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Murray Walker - RIP

Old 14th Mar 2021, 11:14
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Originally Posted by Uplinker View Post
The occasional odd sounding or unintentionally amusing comment ? Well try commentating on a fast moving, fast changing event continuously for over an hour, (no advert breaks then), and not occasionally saying something weird, or getting the words the wrong way round.
I agree, but Murray Walker getting so excited about a passion of his that he often got words in the wrong order or said something silly was just part of his charm - I don't think he'd be remembered in the same way without those Murrayisms - it's part of the reason why people loved him. I doubt I would have watched as much formula one if it wasn't for him, and listening to him and James Hunt commentate was special; complete chalk and cheese but it worked so well. I definitely agree with ShyTorque about the exclamation marks and he'll be remembered for that passion and excitement. He really will be missed.

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Old 14th Mar 2021, 13:03
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I believe he came up with several well known advertising slogans while doing his day job pre-full time commentator!
"Opal Fruits - made to make your mouth water"
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 13:07
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I believe he came up with several well known advertising slogans while doing his day job pre-full time commentator!
"Trill makes budgies bounce with health!"

Hokulea,
Listening to that video very unexpectedly brought a tear to my eye.
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 13:33
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Sorry to do that, ShyTorque; it did the same for me. I chose it because you didn't have to watch the cars and instead just listen to Murray Walker.

PS. I did laugh though when that banner from the fans was shown - "With half the race gone, there is still half the race still to go". Absolute classic Murray.

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Old 14th Mar 2021, 19:08
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His high octane commentary was superb, he communicated the excitement of motor sport like nobody else could. His partnerships with the more understated F1 professionals like James Hunt and Martin Brundle was the defining voice of the sport.

But he was also excellent in more sombre moments too, such as the fatal crash of Ayrton Senna.
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 19:40
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Murray and Hunt it will never be any better

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Old 14th Mar 2021, 21:55
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I was fortunate to meet Mr. Walker twice in my lifetime. The first time was at O’dark thirty in the morning at Tatton Park which was being used to host a stage of the RAC rally. I and two other guys who were marshalling footpath crossing on the stage hi-viz kit etc, were stood in the queue for the bacon butty van. We got to the front placed orders when payment became due this very distinctive voice said ‘I’ll pay for those, without marshalls we have no motor sport’ I turned round and there stood Mr. Walker with Jimmy McRae. it turned out was doing celebrity and TV runs through the stage in a Ford Escort RS200!
Both gents chatted for about ten minutes over our bacon butties, truly marvellous.
The second time was at a book signing in my local Waterstones. Stood in the queue we eased forward until we reached the door where two minders were stating ‘No questions No dedications’ The principle looked somewhat teed off at this!
I still have the ‘Unless I’m very much mistaken’ T-shirt and wear on high days and holy days.
Absolute gent face to face!
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 22:01
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Many years ago Murray doing a commentary on a motorcyle race. Barry Sheene had just overtaken the leader and gave the two fingers salute behind his back. "He's telling him he's in second place".
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Old 15th Mar 2021, 05:44
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97 laps, a life well-lived, that’s for sure. He was the soundtrack to sundays in my house as a kid.

Infectious, yet insightful. A gargantuan knowledge but delivered in an accessible, almost amateurish way.

Motorsport in your living room hasn’t come close since.
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Old 15th Mar 2021, 10:31
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Originally Posted by goofer3 View Post
Many years ago Murray doing a commentary on a motorcyle race. Barry Sheene had just overtaken the leader and gave the two fingers salute behind his back. "He's telling him he's in second place".
​​​​​​On the same theme, from the British Touring Car Championship, with John Cleland giving the middle finger:

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Old 15th Mar 2021, 11:52
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I well recall John Cleland and Tim Harvey (I think) going round a corner with the championship resting on the last couple of laps, the one on two wheels leaning on the other... pretty sure Murray was commentating - THAT was when I found motor racing to be worth watching, not the super-tech intensely complicated rule book driven farrago it is now.
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Old 15th Mar 2021, 17:14
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Trouble is, having been a F.1 fan for more years than I care to remember, it is still the best for me. Todays Saloon Car Championship is just glorified Stock Car Racing, with poor driving standards acceptable as the order of the day.
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Old 15th Mar 2021, 17:58
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I used find Murray Walkers semi-hysterical commentating a real irritation but the more I learned about him the more I came to like him. His knowledge of motor racing was huge.

I also recall him talking about the loss of James Hunt and struggled to speak such was his affection for him. Who can forget the times when they were commentating together and Murray would come out with one of his legendary mistakes and James Hunt would quietly say 'Well actually Murray...' and gently correct him.

A true enthusiast and a sad loss.
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Old 15th Mar 2021, 19:05
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Originally Posted by M.Mouse View Post
I used find Murray Walkers semi-hysterical commentating a real irritation but the more I learned about him the more I came to like him. His knowledge of motor racing was huge.

I also recall him talking about the loss of James Hunt and struggled to speak such was his affection for him. Who can forget the times when they were commentating together and Murray would come out with one of his legendary mistakes and James Hunt would quietly say 'Well actually Murray...' and gently correct him.

A true enthusiast and a sad loss.
I can't remember the race, just the exchange, a rainy day with lots of spray I think,
Paraphrased
Murray Walker - "..just look at the glow of the exhaust! ..those hot gases at such high temperatures.."
James Hunt - " actually Murray I think that's the brake light"
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Old 16th Mar 2021, 10:41
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Awesome . Kept me glued to the screen when I might have walked off knowing the outcome. I might have the names wrong but one time, cameras glued to a final bend, in that wonderful tone, Murray said ' coming into view shortly, will , no doubt, be the winner, ...James Hunt..." Red baron roars into view with a..........."..ooooh no, it's Shumaker...........". Priceless.
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Old 17th Mar 2021, 00:56
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Just watched a tribute programme about him on the box (made before his recent death). I have never been a huge F1 fan,but I was enthralled by the programme, as the great and good of the F1 world lined up to pay tribute to him - he was obviously genuinely loved and admired in that world. Also some interesting stuff about his time as a captain in the Royal Scots Greys in WW2, where his short stature was a definite advantage in the Sherman tanks that he commanded. A life well lived!
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Old 17th Mar 2021, 09:15
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Never been much of an F1 fan, but to me, when I think of F1, I think of two things; Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ as the theme tune, and Murray Walker commentating. As a child in the eighties, I think I was mainly impressed by how much his voice resembled a racing car’s engine!
Just read the Wikipedia article on him. Amused to read that at one point, he and Hunt almost came to blows in the commentary box! Different times, back then I’m willing to bet it was dealt with (if at all) by no more than a ‘Now, now Gents!’

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Old 17th Mar 2021, 11:31
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As a young lad in the 60’s hearing an excited Murray commentating on any motorsport was sure to get my attention. He fuelled a lifetime passion for motorsport. The Murray and James commentating duo was entertaining and informative for viewers, a mix of excitement and driver’s perspective. Whilst marshalling at Thruxton I had the pleasure to meet him. He was such a gentleman and was happy to talk about racing. On this occasion, kitted out in two piece leathers he had ridden his motorcycle to spectate.

RIP Murray. I will miss you but your legacy lives on.
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Old 17th Mar 2021, 11:45
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We have a phrase in our family. When someone looks almost certain to win and the commentator says so but then some drama happens to prevent the win; we say the commentator has "Walkered" them. The pinnacle of this was, I dimly recall, a Monanco Grand Prix sometime in the 80s or 90s. In the last few laps Murray "Walkered" the two leading drivers in succession. With only a lap or two to go the new leader approached the famous tunnel. Murray confidently claimed the race was clearly his. Switch to camera focussed on other end of the tunnel but the car never exited - he'd hit the barrier and was out of the race. Well and truly "Walkered".

A real character and, as many above have said, probably why I've followed Formula One all my life. RIP.
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Old 17th Mar 2021, 13:06
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Amused to read that at one point, he and Hunt almost came to blows in the commentary box! Different times, back then I’m willing to bet it was dealt with (if at all) by no more than a ‘Now, now Gents!’
According to Murray, as he raised his hand to Hunt he glanced across at the producer, who simply wagged a finger and shook his head. Murray said he was pleased that it got no further and that it didn't spoil a beautiful friendship
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