He joins the likes of Richie Benaud, David Coleman, Cliff Morgan, Peter Alliss, Bill McLaren, Sir Peter O’Sullevan and others in the celestial commentary box in the sky and his death at the age of 97 marks the end of an era.
Yet, while they all had unique turns of phrase, Walker’s high-octane energy behind the mic – and voice like a car engine – led to many heartfelt tributes.
He had petrol in his veins, said Damon Hill, whose world title left Walker overcome with emotion.
To many, Walker was Formula One and the sport would not be the global industry it is today without this Second World War tank commander’s infectious enthusiasm and a love for his celebrated ‘Murrayisms’ which would have been derided as ‘gaffes’ if uttered by anyone else. Motor sport will be quieter and duller without him.
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