For many of us who were fans of Formula 1 he was the voice and the embodiment of motor racing, which started in 1949 and ended in 2001. I refer of course to the sad news of Murray Walker’s passing. Born in Birmingham, he was one of our own.
From his memorable partnership with the late James Hunt to his infamous ‘Murrayisms’ he was truly a great gent. His passionate yawp and yowl style of commentary was unmistakable to a generation. Indeed, who can forget his famous remark, “I’ve got to stop now because I’ve got a lump in my throat,” when Damon Hill won in Japan, thus securing the World Championship.
Less well known was his service during the war when he was commissioned into the Royal Scots Greys and took part in the push from Normandy to the Baltic.