JONATHAN MCEVOY: Murray Walker’s pants-on-fire bellow was an art form that illuminated Formula One… at the end of his ‘bloody marvellous’ life, a chapter closes in the microphone business

One of the most famous and most imitated voices in the history of British television fell silent on Saturday. Murray Walker died aged 97 and a chapter closed in the art of the microphone business. ‘When you look at the history of Formula One he is up there a million times over. ‘Formula One owes him a great deal and he will be celebrated for all time.’. He is one of those people that will remembered for ever — and not too many commentators could expect that after their life. One of his most famous commentaries concerned Damon Hill, who won the title in 1996, emulating his dad Graham. ‘I have to stop because I have a lump in my throat,’ Walker said, as only Murray could.

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