Murray Walker, often revered as the voice of motorsport, has died aged 97, the British Racing Drivers’ Club has announced today.
“It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE. A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nations favourite commentator and a contagious smile. We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. RIP our friend.”
With a career that stretched over 50 years, Walker commentated over some of the greatest motorsport the world has ever seen such as Niki Lauda and James Hunt’s championship wins in the ’70s, and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 Championship win. For many, including me, he was the voice of Formula 1, and since he left the F1 in 2001, the sport hasn’t been the same.
Journalists and other professionals from within the industry took to Twitter to voice their sadness over the loss of such an important and brilliant man.
The nicest man in the world has left us.
It was a huge honour to have worked alongside Murray and learned so much from him. Motorsport owes him an enormous gratitude for sharing his knowledge and passion with the public at large and making our sport so popular.
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) March 13, 2021
It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE.
A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nations favourite commentator and a contagious smile.
We thank Murray for all he has done for our community.
RIP our friend. pic.twitter.com/3Of3Ia3nMB
— BRDC (@BRDCSilverstone) March 13, 2021
“I don’t make mistakes, I make prophecies that immediately turn out to be wrong” – Murray Walker
The man was brilliant and carried a warmth that endeared him to everyone around the world.
Struggling to process that he’s gone to be honest.
97 though, what a life ❤️
— Matt Gallagher (@MattyWTF1) March 13, 2021
We are immensely sad to hear that Murray Walker has passed away
His passion and love of the sport inspired millions of fans around the world
He will forever be a part of our history, and will be dearly missed pic.twitter.com/cMwLjjqxAj
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 13, 2021