Murray Walker obituary

In British broadcasting lore John Arlott’s rural burr will always remain redolent of cricket’s roots in the village green, just as Dan Maskell’s creamy courtside whisper was homage to the leisured grace of the suburban tennis club, and Bill McLaren’s Borderer’s brogue forever implied the blazered probity of olde-tyme amateur “rugger”. His last live commentary of a grand prix was in 2007 for BBC radio, when he was 83 – the European Grand Prix for Radio Five Live, as a one-off substitute for the regular commentator, David Croft. In all, Walker covered more than 350 Formula One grands prix, more than 200 Isle of Man TT and senior Manx motorcycling events, and countless other categories from powerboat races to motocross and speedway. On his father’s death at 66 in 1962, Walker inherited the “family” microphone, and in no time had morphed into being the BBC’s senior globetrotting motor-racing man as well. Graeme Murray Walker, motor racing commentator, born 10 October 1923; died 13 March 2021.

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