Murray Walker honoured by The Royal Automobile Club
The Royal Automobile Club has dedicated its new television room to commentating legend Murray Walker.
The club has spent the last four months redesigning and refurbishing its television room and it was commissioned to recognise and celebrate Walker’s career.
Walker commentated on Formula 1 between 1976 to 2001 and he became a legend of motorsport with his enthusiasm and occasional blunders that became known as “Murrayisms”.
Although he is best known for his commentary work on Formula 1, Walker has also commentated on the British Touring Car Championship, Rallycross and motorcycle racing.
His father was a works motorcycle rider for Norton and competed in the Isle of Man TT. The pair also became the first father and son combination to commentate together when covering motorcycle events.
The new television room was opened on Thursday by Walker and he was amazed to have been recognised in such a way by the Royal Automobile Club.
“This is, as you can imagine, an enormously emotional occasion for me.” said Walker.
“The Royal Automobile Club is the finest club in Britain and one of the finest clubs in the world. It is a linchpin of motorsport and to be associated with it in the way I am being associated with it is beyond my wildest hopes and dreams.”
The Murray Walker Television Room features a number of awards and memorabilia that Walker has been given over the years.
Within the collection on display are an Indianapolis brick that was given to him as a lifetime achievement award, a Mike Hailwood artwork representing Walker’s passion for motorbikes and a Royal Television Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
There are also a number of parts from historic Formula 1 cars.
Ben Cussons, the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club said: “The Club is all about celebrating motoring icons, and Murray has been exactly that for motorsport fans across the globe.”
“His passion, enthusiasm and commitment to motorsport has already earned him his place in history, and we’re delighted to play a part in this with our new themed Television Room.”