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August’s audio podcast with Murray Walker

When we finished our podcast yesterday every member of the team agreed that it was the best yet. We weren’t surprised though because chatting to Murray Walker for an hour was never going to be dull.

f1  Augusts audio podcast with Murray Walker

We hope you enjoy it and – as always – let us know your thoughts.

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33 comments on August’s audio podcast with Murray Walker

  1. Mrs Gail J Gray, 25 August 2011 14:24

    The Radio broadcastering with Murray Walker, it was nice and very interesting, i wouldnt mind have a interview with you and chat over about my Michael Schumacher, book.if you please contact me.

  2. Hamfan, 25 August 2011 14:39

    Nice treat to hear Murray again – especially talking with a sense of perspective on the Beeb/Sky issue – “it’s not the end of the world”, “half a loaf is better than none”, etc. – the master hasn’t lost his touch. Lots and lots of info and opinions to listen to here – might take a few more listens to take it all in.

  3. rob widdows, 25 August 2011 15:59

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Far too much to talk to him about in an hour. Maybe we can get him back at the end of the season to review the 2011 F1 World Championship. A truly remarkable man, still sharp as a tack.

  4. Christopher Tipper, 25 August 2011 16:34

    Great pod cast. I wish we were able to hear more of Murray this side of the pond. When he mentioned a pass by Mansell I thought he was going to mention Nigel’s pass of someone on the outside of the turn in Mexico. (it was Mansell, wasn’t it?)

    This is at least the second podcast you’ve mentioned the Audi documentary “Truth in 24.” It is available from the U.S. iTunes for free. I’m re-downloading it again as I type.

  5. Lewis Lane, 25 August 2011 20:41

    Definitely the best yet. Brilliantly entertaining. Thank you!

  6. Lats, 25 August 2011 20:41


  7. Chris Wright, 25 August 2011 20:44

    Murray Walker has done more than any other individual to communicate the passion and excitement of top level motorsport to the masses. As good as many of today’s commentators and presenters are, Murray is the yardstick against which they are all measured, and no-one comes close. I know they would be the first to admit that.

    It was such a fabulous podcast that I can only suggest you ask Murray if he is willing to become a monthly fixture.

  8. Justin Frost, 25 August 2011 22:00

    Great to hear this podcast featuring the motorsport commentator you describe as “irreplaceable”, who for me is the unquestionably the G.O.A.T.
    Also, very interested in your Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi observations regarding getting the best our of the Ducati. Here follows a recent comment from Jeremy Burgess, Valentino’s crew chief: “Casey without a doubt is a fantastic rider and did a wonderfull job on that bike, but there were to many DNF’s. Sometimes, and in this particular instance, I think Ducati let themselves down a little in the sense that they only analysed the success, they never analysed the failures. They treated the DNF’s and crashes as bad luck rather than looking at it as if there might be something not quite right, and Casey had to ride perhaps to close to the limit
    to win the races he did. The margin that Casey had on that bike is perhaps a lot slimmer than what we would like to have on the bike that Valentino rides”.
    For me, this season is a development year for Rossi and Ducati and therefore no easy challenge for a G.O.A.T, who is used to regular podiums. Right now there chasing down the Yamahas; lets
    see how close they can get to the Hondas before season end.

  9. Richard Earth, 25 August 2011 23:04

    Thanks Guys. Murray is faaantastic.I could listen to him all night. Your best podcast to date. Cheers

  10. Linus, 26 August 2011 02:49

    I was excited to hear that Murray was to Podcast. To listen to the Golden voice of Mr. F1 himself is a pleasure. I think that he should do a guest spot on the broadcast of an F1 race now and then. Very informative and heaps of knowledge from one person on F1. He should write another book to put in all of the stories he left out in his “My Autobiography”. I had the pleasure being there hearing and meeting the great man, at his book launch in Australia, October 2002. Great Podcast Motorsport, Mag. Thankyou.

  11. Tony Geran, 26 August 2011 07:44

    Fantastic podcast guys. Interesting that so much time was taken with Moto GP and Motorcycle racing but was great to hear the Great Man’s opinions on so many aspects of our great sport. I only hope I’m half as fit, coherent and cognisant if I manage get to his great age. Just to add to the previous discussion about Stoner’s success with Ducati vs Rossi, Stoner observed last year when he announced his move to Honda, that the Ducati was never developed throughout the year despite his many protestations.

    What with the GP 11.1 and so many other developments happening this year, Ducati sure seem to be making up for lost time in the past. Still to me, I think Stoner will carry the tag of Most Under-rated GP rider for some time, but then again that may be my Australian bias showing.

  12. C C, 26 August 2011 11:44

    Personally that was my favorite Podcast so far. I especially liked the way it turned into more of a chat rather than a question an answer session that other Podcastst can become (not a criticism, it was just different this time with Murray on the Podcast). It all seemed less formal, which was good. I think you brought out the best in him, and he brought out the best in you. Felt like i was listening in to the table next to me down the pub.

    There is so much to talk to this guy about and i loved some of his anecdotes that made me laugh, especially the last one about the TT.

    There’s lots of things that get us hooked on Motorsport. It can be the cars, the noise, the tracks, the drivers, but personally, i’d put Murray Walker right up there with all of those in popularising motorsport. When i was a little kid it was his voice that got me hooked. I wasn’t sure at that age what was going on, but i knew it was exciting.

    The guy is a legend with so much more to say. Get him back.

  13. rob widdows, 26 August 2011 12:01

    I’ve just been watching highlights of the 1998 Belgian GP, while forking salad out of a plastic dish, and it’s one of those races where Murray got extremely excited. Vintage stuff. If you recall, it was very wet, there was a huge shunt at the start, Schumacher ran into Coulthard and Damon Hill won for Jordan. With some help from Martin Brundle Mr Walker got it all sorted out in style. Well worth seeing again!
    Good comments above on Stoner and Rossi. It will be intriguing to see if Ducati do radically change the design and build of the bike. But many thanks for some good contributions.
    Meanwhile, at Spa, it was wet for morning practice and more rain is forecast for tomorrow. Sunday looks better.
    Schumacher was quickest this morning………………!

  14. Tommy Burke, 26 August 2011 18:58

    Absolutely wonderful listening to Murray, I really enjoyed that. He brings back great memories and his recounting of times past is top class. Brilliant podcast guys. Next up must be Mario….

  15. Hoot, 27 August 2011 21:23

    Wonderful. Thanks. Hope he can come back again.

  16. Rich Ambroson, 28 August 2011 18:28

    Christopher Tipper, that was indeed “Il Leone”, in Mexico, 1990. One of the best races I’ve watched on the day that it happened. Excitement from beginning to end, with no manipulated tire change rules to “spice it up”.

    Looking forward to listening to this podcast, it’s downloading right now. (next will be the Truth in 24 download, thanks for the tip!)

  17. Rich Ambroson, 28 August 2011 19:20

    Loved the first question being about bikes, Rob!

  18. Alastair Warren, 28 August 2011 22:25

    Thank you for another podcast.

    I was reminded of the discussion about Stoner’s demeanour in this podcast by a quip made by Charlie Cox in the BBC MotoGP coverage this afternoon. It was another day where F1 beat MotoGP hollow for excitement and racing.

    It was good to get Niki Lauda’s thoughts on the Hamilton mishap on the BBC. The next time Lauda drops into the Motor Sport magazine office you should ask him how much he’d like to wear a Motor Sport magazine cap?

  19. Mario Carneiro Neto, 28 August 2011 23:37

    An immensely enjoyable podcast, once again. This time, though, it was thoroughly evident how very happy everyone was with the opportunity to talk with a very special guest indeed. I loved Murray’s stories, and am glad to see he is still well into the sport. I expected nothing less. Great.

  20. rob widdows, 29 August 2011 09:56

    Yes, thanks Rich, I felt it was important to start with motorcycles because that is where Murray started, following in his Father’s footsteps. I believe his first love will always be the bikes, and at the Goodwood Revival this year he will be presenting the ITV coverage which will include a feature on the wonderful motorcycle content of the event.
    Yup, Lauda got it spot-on. As usual. In my view as well, an avoidable accident that Hamilton could and should have avoided. Such a shame because he is otherwise mesmerising as a racing driver.
    As Webber pointed out – when you are alongside someone at speed at Spa you have to trust them absolutely. No disrespect to Kobayashi, but I do think Hamilton should have been a little more circumspect. But that is not his nature.
    Terrific race anyway. JB is driving so well these days.

  21. Mark J, 29 August 2011 13:40

    A brilliant listen, thanks so much for organising Murray to be on the show.

  22. Colin McArthur, 29 August 2011 20:07

    Another great Podcast! We (few??) here in the US love them. My son in Colorado is also a great fan. Having been assigned in the UK and the continent split over 7 years in the 70s thru early 90s we watched a great deal of premier racing at great venues such as LeMans & Spa. We are fans not skin deep but bone deep. Keep it up – - we really appreciate Podcasts.

  23. piero dessimone, 30 August 2011 06:40


  24. James Ash, 30 August 2011 14:08

    Literally can’t wait to listen to this on the commute home tonight! It’s been far too long since I heard Murray’s er… dulcet tones for any length of time!

  25. A.S.Gilbert, 2 September 2011 04:38

    Wonderful, very enjoyable… just scratched the surface of Mr. Walker’s wealth of anecdotes, and worthy opinion.
    Murray and James, were part of the songs of our youth. Million’s will agree.
    I doubt he’d ever ask, but upping the enthusiast appeal of the transport back and forth to the podcast venue, might promote his return for more.
    Tactically, with that in view, perhaps starting with a Rapide, rather than a Focus type item may prove a hard act to follow. You’ll have your wonderful advertisers to appeal to when upping the ante’ is required.
    Relish an end of season review and recollections every so often with Murray, his opinion has such gravity still.
    Oh yes, Murray, thanks…for everthing, over the years, very much!

  26. Gary W, 2 September 2011 15:18

    Another great podcast guys.
    One point regarding Rossi, Stoner and the Ducati. Correct me if i’m wrong, but wasn’t Stoner’s last world championship on the Duke with a traditional chassis? Not the current carbon fibre config in which both he and Rossi struggle with?

  27. dave cubbedge, 3 September 2011 02:56

    best podcast yet! Murray is highly revered by this lifetime F1 fan. Living near the Canadian border I would get to hear Murray and James as the CBC would broadcast the BBC feed. I video taped almost all of the races – there were times when we couldn’t get the picture, but the audio was there. I taped those as well! I have never heard Martin Brundle or the current group with DC, but for me the buck always stopped with Murray Walker. You could do no wrong by having him on again! Thanks very much.

  28. James Niven, 5 September 2011 18:14

    Can a single individual take over for Bernie when he retires? Of course! Only one man knows Grand Prix racing inside out as a driver and team owner, is friendly with everyone in the paddock, and loves the dealing (as well as the money) … ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Gerhard Berger.

  29. James, 7 September 2011 10:16

    Thank you to all the team at Motorsport Magazine and to Murray, really enjoyed it, and I know its been said many times before, but Murray really was one of the main reasons I got into Formula One & motorsport in general. He’s enthusiasm and knowledge is truly infectious, thanks again!!

  30. Ben G, 13 September 2011 13:04

    Motorsport nirvana. It doesn’t get much better than that.

  31. john aston, 15 September 2011 19:13

    I started watching GP racing in 1971- live when I could and via Murray for the other 95%. I have grown up with the man and admire him immensely- if ever a man deserved a knighthood it is Murray. Proud to have been in Stowe grandstand for MW’ finest moment too.

  32. David, 24 September 2011 16:26


    Jenson has always driven well. The problem is that for the too many seasons he had dreadful cars.

    Button’s ability of awareness on track is remarkable.

    My favourite comentary team remains Murray and James. What an amazing team they were.

  33. John Williams, 8 November 2011 22:28

    I remember Murray’s play by play of races in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. I moved to the U.S. in the late nineties where the BBC broadcast was not available and I have missed Murray and the BBC broadcast ever since. I will never forget Murray’s reference to “Red Five” in the 80′s and early 90′s and just hope that we in the US can benefit from the BBC broadcast again in the future. Thank you Murray for your energy and passion over the years, you retired from the BBC team but we have not forgotten your contribution. Kindest regards!

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