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Murray Walker

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To most people in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, Murray Walker is the voice of motor sport. There can be little surprise about that - he made his first radio and television broadcasts in 1949 and only retired from commentating in 2001 at the age of 78. In the intervening half-century Walker commentated on hundreds of engine-powered races involving everything from trucks to boats via motorcycles, his first love. He became best known, however, for his work in Formula One, delighting or irritating millions around the world with his full-throttle delivery. Walker could inject excitement into what might appear to the casual observer as the dullest of processions through the force of his personality. Given that Walker has always appeared to have excess energy to burn, it is little wonder that, until 1982, broadcasting was not even his full-time profession. He enjoyed a successful career in advertising, treating commentary work almost as a weekend hobby. Walker feels blessed to have been able to enjoy such a full life and shares some of the many highlights with typical gusto. He covers his childhood, his distinguished service in tanks during the Second World War, and his 'proper' job in advertising, but most people will come to this book for the roar of the engines and Walker does not sell them short. Page after page is devoted to discussion and reminiscences about all manner of motor sport and those who take part. Walker writes with great affection about the riders and drivers he has known and the thrilling races that have fuelled his passion: Fangio, Moss, Mansell, Surtees, Senna, Schumacher, the mere mention of these and other great names will delight enthusiasts. Walker rarely has a bad word to say about anybody - this is a celebration of a long and fulfilled life, not a tabloid-courting rant - but readers will sense some residual tension from his working relationship with the late James Hunt, the F1 champion who shared the commentary box with Walker for over a decade. Walker emerges as a decent, passionate, extremely hardworking man who is in no mood to slow down just yet. The book zips along with the same pace as one of Walker's commentaries and readers may find themselves stopping every few pages in order that both they and the author might catch their breath. (Kirkus UK)
The voice of motor racing and much loved public figure - and the man responsible for introducing millions of viewers to the previously inaccessible world of Formula 1 - tells the story of his incident-packed life, with a brand new chapter on his globetrotting adventures since retirement. Murray Walker is a national treasure. When the man who made famous the catch phrase 'Unless I'm very much mistaken... I AM very much mistaken!!!' announced that he was retiring as ITV's Grand Prix commentator, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars. His reputation for mistakes was the making of Walker. He was the fan who happened to be given the keys to the commentary box - and never wanted to give them back. His high-octane delivery kept viewers on the edge of their seats, while his passion for talking about the sport he loved was matched by an all-encompassing knowledge gained through hours of painstaking research before every race. In his book he writes about his childhood and the influence that his father, British motorcycle champion Graham Walker, had on his career. Failing to match his father's achievements on the track after active service in World War II, he made a successful career for himself in advertising which catapulted him to the top of his profession. An offer from the BBC to take over the commentary seat for their F1 broadcasts was too good to turn down, and it wasn't long before the infamous 'Murrayisms' enlivened a sport which until then had been shrouded in a cloak of unfathomable technical jargon and mind-numbing statistics. He also talks about the biggest changes in the sport over the last 50 years, in particular the safety issues which came to the fore after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna, which he witnessed first hand. His partnership with James Hunt behind the microphone is the subject of some hilarious anecdotes, while his views on drivers past and present such as Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher make for fascinating reading.


Imprint: HarperCollinsWillow
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2003
First published: June 2003
Authors: Murray Walker
Dimensions: 178 x 111 x 33mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Mass Market
Pages: 490
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-712697-2
Barcode: 9780007126972
Categories: Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Motor sports > Car racing
Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Motor sports > Car racing > General
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Sport
Books > Biography > Sport
LSN: 0-00-712697-2

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