One of Britain's best loved motorsports commentators, Murray Walker's tones have graced many Formula One (F1) races. His natural enthusiasm as a commentator is as highly charged as the F1 engines, though his boundless energy has occasionally resulted in hilarious on-air malapropisms, such as "I should imagine that the conditions in the cockpit are totally unimaginable." It is all part of Murray Walker's charm, underpinned by a highly professional dedication to motorsports.
Murray made his first motor racing broadcast at the Shelsey Walsh Hill Climb in 1948. By 1949, he was commentating on races alongside Max Robertson. He did occasional F1 commentaries during the 1970s, turning full-time for the 1978 season. From 1980 until 1993, Murray was often joined in the commentary box by 1976 F1 World Champion James Hunt. The two were known for their elaborate and often entertaining rivalry! This highly popular commentary team lasted until 1993.
Murray was subsequently joined in the commentary box by other celebrated racing drivers, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Alan Jones and Martin Bundle, the latter becoming his co-commentator from the 1997 season until Murray's retirement from F1 commentating in 2000. The 2001 US Grand Prix was Murray's final race commentary.
But Murray wasn't quite ready to close the garage doors on his career. In 2015, he presented a BBC2 show with Suzi Perry called Formula 1 Rewind, a journey back through some of the BBC's archives. Later that year he appeared on the BBC1 game show Pointless with Nigel Mansell. In 2016, Murray, along with other BBC F1 staff, moved over to Channel 4 to present a range of one-to-one interviews with motor racing's key players.
Murray continues to provide continuity announcements for F1 programmes. Though he is something of a veteran (he's 93 years young!), there is plenty of fuel left in his tank and he's still sparking on all cylinders. He continues to maintain links with the sport that has driven his career for over 60 years. "I have always been passionate about it and I am sure I will go on as long as I can put one foot in front of each other," he said recently, in characteristic style!
With a wicked sense of humour and a wonderful fund of anecdotes, Murray Walker makes an excellent choice as an Awards Host or After-dinner Speaker, especially at motor-racing or sports related events. To book him for your Event, call Prime Performers on 020 7251 8222 or, alternatively, contact us via the online booking enquiry form.
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