It’s a sad day for the motorsports world as THE voice of Formula 1, Murray Walker, has died at the age of 97.

Walker began his broadcasting career in 1948, just after he served as a captain in World War II. First focusing on motorcycles, Walker raced motorcycles and commentated on races as he soon expanded his commentary portfolio to call a wide variety of racing disciplines.

Walker’s main claim to fame was being the longtime play-by-play commentator for Formula 1’s British TV broadcasts, working part-time at first and then becoming the full-time voice with the BBC in 1978. Paired with former World Champion James Hunt, the two of them were the duo many fans worldwide heard on F1 broadcasts until Hunt’s death in 1993. When Martin Brundle joined on as Walker’s partner in 1997, the two picked up right where Walker and Hunt left off until Walker’s retirement from full-time commentary at the end of the 2001 season.

During his numerous broadcasts, Walker would regale viewers with some of his “Murrayisms.” Normally, this would be due to a mistake or a commentary flub but Walker was so enthusiastic and genuine that people forgave him for his occasional mistakes and it became a trait of his.

The Formula 1 world paid tribute to Walker, remembering some of his most memorable moments on air and to pay their respects to a legend of the industry.

[Photo: Formula 1]

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