The passing of Graeme Murray Walker aged 97, whose remarkable broadcasting career spanned more than half a century, was announced on Saturday evening.
Walker had a unique, high-octane style of commentary and it will forever be ingrained in British sporting culture and anyone who heard his work around the world knew that voice.
He commentated on his first grand prix for the BBC in 1949 before going on to call Ayrton Senna’s intense rivalry with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 title triumph.
When Damon Hill took the chequered flag at Suzuka to win the Japanese Grand Prix and become world champion in the early hours of an October morning in 1996, an emotional Walker cried: “I have got to stop because I have got a lump in my throat.”
Murry Walker covered F1 between 1976 to 2001 and had an iconic voice.
At the BBC, Walker was partnered by world champion James Hunt for 13 years before his death in 1993.
When Hunt died and Formula One headed to ITV in 1997, Walker, appointed an OBE the previous year for his services to broadcasting and motor racing, teamed up with Martin Brundle, whom he would work alongside for five seasons before his final race at the US Grand Prix in 2001.
On Saturday night Brundle tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Murray Walker. Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula One legend.”
That tweet says it all about Mr Walker.
RIP Graeme Murray Walker – 1923 – 2021