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Murray Walker - RIP

Old 13th Mar 2021, 17:17
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Murray Walker - RIP

Murray Walker, who provided the soundtrack to hundreds of races over the years has died aged 97.
Great passion and knowledge


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Old 13th Mar 2021, 17:42
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Very sad but not unexpected. What a wonderful chap he was and he hid his light so well under his bushel. Commissioned as an officer in World War II, an experience he never talked about, trials racer, businessman, commentator and a nice person who I was fortunate to meet for ten minutes many years ago. A full life, well lived.
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 17:49
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Another of the greats gone, I will raise a glass to him tonight.
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 17:55
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F1 was never the same without him RIP Murray

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Old 13th Mar 2021, 18:13
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"A National Treasure". I thoroughly recommend his autobiography which I was delighted to find I could read without imagining him reading it aloud in full fevered excitement - Unless I'm Very Much Mistaken...

RIP Murray, it was a pleasure listening to you in the days when I enjoyed motor racing on t' telly... The genuine original Motor Mouth!
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 18:40
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As above, I add my condolences to his family. He was F1. His ability to portray the excitement knew no bounds. He was passionate, yet understood how to downplay the mundane.
He was sadly missed when he retired from commentary.
RIP Murray
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 20:09
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In my opinion there have been a handful of truly great commentators whose voices are indelibly linked to the sport they covered; Dan Maskell and tennis, Peter O’Sullevan and horse racing, Richie Benaud and cricket, Harry Carpenter and boxing, John Motson and football. Murray Walker is right up there with them.
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 21:02
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Murray’s F1 commentary seemed! to! have! an! exclamation! mark! after! every! word!

He’ll never be equalled in my view.
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 21:24
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Back in the early 1990's, the only source of F1 TV coverage I could get was via a Vancouver, BC TV station (that was included in my cable package). They'd do a same-day (usually delayed) rebroadcast of the BBC coverage, with James Hunt and Murray Walker commentators. Although I didn't know much about Hunt at the time (F1 coverage during his classic battle with Lauda was almost non-existent on this side of pond), I thoroughly enjoyed the Hunt/Walker commentary and banter.
I miss both of them...
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 21:29
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My Mother (87) who, as far as I knew was never interested in motor sport, just sent me this message -
Oh that is a real pity. I first heard him after you were born and we lived in that awful little flat in Ewell and I used to listen to the radio all day and he commented on the Isle of Man TT Races. (I have just caught up on the BBC news with it)
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Old 13th Mar 2021, 21:39
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F1 has never really interested me, but Murray's commentary always made it sound exciting. He also did much more motor racing commentary than just F1.
He was in the same league as (love or loathe them), Harry Carpenter, Raymond Brookes-Ward, David Coleman, Eddie Wareing, and Bill McLaren, to name but a few. Unmistakable voices, unmistakable styles one and all.

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Old 13th Mar 2021, 22:21
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I, too, have saluted him this evening by raising a glass to his memory.

I would like to add Peter Alliss and Alex Hay (Golf) to the notables previously mentioned.

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Old 13th Mar 2021, 22:23
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As so often, Clive James got it right: he once wrote, in I'm sure a spirit of admiration, "Murray commentates as though his hair is on fire". RIP
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 04:44
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“There’s nothing wrong with the car except that it’s on fire.”

So many quotes, a great guy and as an earlier poster mentioned, hid his light well. RIP.
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 09:08
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"That car is absolutely unique, apart from the one next to it which is identical"!

You will be much missed Sir!
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 09:21
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RIP Murray!
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 10:56
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"Now the leader cruises to the chequered flag."

Bang! Crash! Wallop!

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Old 14th Mar 2021, 10:59
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A really nice, modest guy, and he made motor racing really exciting for the viewer.

I can report that he sometimes literally jumped up and down with excitement while commentating - I saw it for myself as one of the tech crew.

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.

Mr Walker really knew his stuff, and brought a fantastic sense of occasion to the events.

RIP Sir.
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 11:04
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Clive James described the Walker Hunt racing commentary as, "The turbo charged Murray Walker and the normally aspirated James Hunt."

RIP Murray.
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Old 14th Mar 2021, 11:06
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I believe he came up with several well known advertising slogans while doing his day job pre-full time commentator!
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