Murray Walker ' Legendary Commentator ' Formula 1 Signed Card Autograph £15.00
This is a hand signed white card 6" x 4" by the popular retired Formula 1 race commentator.
Graeme Murray Walker, OBE (known as Murray Walker; born 10 October 1923, Hall Green, Birmingham, England) is a Formula One (F1) motorsport commentator. For most of his career he worked for the BBC, but when it lost the contract for F1 coverage to the company ITV, Walker continued his commentating after the change of broadcaster. He has a distinctive, enthusiastic commentary style. Since 1978, British television commentary of the Formula 1 seasons has been used by other broadcasters right around the world, including Australia and Japan. He is known for comments in the heat of the moment that could have a humorous interpretation; for example, it has been stated that as a car arrived for a pit stop during a race he uttered a Spoonerism by saying "...I'll stop the startwatch!". Of an injured, absent driver "He's watching us from hospital with his injured knee." "That Williams is unique, except for the car in front, which is identical!. When Nigel Mansell's tyre blew in the closing stages of the final race of the 1986 World Championship in Adelaide, depriving Mansell of a chance to win the title, he exclaimed "...And look at that!...". He was an exponent of the commentator's curse, noting in an interview that he might say how well a driver was racing or that they would probably win the race, only to have them retire or crash out of the race shortly thereafter, hence his catchphrase "...Unless I'm very much mistaken..." which might lead shortly after to a correction "...I am very much mistaken..." to introduce the correction of the foregoing comment if it turned out in the event to be incorrect. He is known for his gentlemanly and considerate conduct, seeing the best in drivers who had attracted controversy. He rarely criticised drivers and preferred to give the benefit of the doubt in attributing blame for incidents; he did not, for instance, criticise Michael Schumacher after his controversial collision with Damon Hill in Adelaide in 1994.