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14 MURRAY WALKER
Murray’smint
He’s as well known in the motorsport world
as any driver. Jeremy Taylor catches up
with Murray Walker as he contemplates
a return to our screens… I didn’t hold anything back,
as well as my verbal cock-ups.’
The good news for his legions of
Murray Walker hasbeen trying to hang fans is the return of Formula One to
up his microphone for years. But for all the efforts the BBC in 2009, with Murray, who
of his successors, they’re never going to be his match. lives in the New Forest, Hampshire, rumoured for
It’s now eight years since Murray announced his a comeback at the time of going to press.
retirement from covering Formula One, ending a ‘I can’t really say much at the moment but I have
52-year career in the commentary box. been in talks with the BBC about it,’ he admits.
At the time he was showered with plaudits and ‘I don’t want to commentate on the entire race,
presented with an award from Bernie Ecclestone, because it’s gigantically stressful physically. I could
and the 85-year-old remains a fans’ favourite. Despite well be doing something else, though.’
claiming to have made his last pit stop, Murray is Murray built his career in a period when the BBC
constantly asked to make appearances dominated sports coverage. With no Sky or ITV, the
on both radio and television around the world. Corporation had the pick of the crop and was
‘I don’t want to sound big-headed about it but guaranteed big audiences. His fi rst TV appearance
I still get lots of fans who come up to me and say was in 1949 after a BBC producer heard him
thanks for the years of enjoyment I gave them,’ speaking on the public address system at Shelsley
Murray tells RAC World. ‘I think they liked the fact Walsh Speed Hill Climb in Worcestershire, where
among the race entrants was a young Stirling Moss.
‘I just happened to be in the right place at the
right time,’ says Murray. ‘I think he liked what he »
heard and approached me for an audition.
RAC WORLD
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