Like so many motor sport fans, we were saddened to learn of the recent passing of the much loved television motor racing commentator Murray Walker. Known by many as the ‘voice of Formula One’.
Murray Walker was the son of the well-known TT winning motorcyclist and journalist Graham Walker. Murray’s long association with Beaulieu came about via his father’s involvement with the Montagu Motor Museum. In 1957, Graham Walker was approached by Lord Montagu to curate the motorcycle collection of the then recently opened Montagu Motor Museum. The National Motor Museum’s collections of motorcycle related materials are still full of items donated by Graham at that time and have been supplemented by further donations from Murray over the years.
A big part of Murray Walker’s public appeal was his genuine love and enthusiasm for the sport. His was the enthusiastic voice that brought the excitement of car and motorcycle racing into our homes. Murray was a long-standing friend of Beaulieu throughout the years. His love of motorsport shone through and he was always eager to share it at every opportunity.
He will be dearly missed and we send our condolences to his friends and family.
Read more from the National Motor Museum Trust as they look back at his career in motor sport and his long association with Beaulieu.