It has been announced that legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker is to lend his voice to well-loved children's television programme Roary the Racing Car
The animated show is narrated by British racing hero and 16-time grand prix-winner Sir Stirling Moss, and also features the voice of comedian Peter Kay, but the addition of Walker – as himself – will surely only further boost the series' popularity.
The 85-year-old – affectionately nicknamed 'Muddly Talker' within the F1 paddock for his numerous bloopers and gaffes – commentated on grands prix for more than half a century until finally stepping down full-time mid-2001 following the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
Now a website columnist for the BBC
, Walker is quoted by The Sun
as having revealed that he had 'great fun' joining in with the two shows in which he will feature, due to be broadcast on Channel Five and digital TV channel Nick Jr in late autumn.
Amongst fans' favourite 'Murrayisms' from over the years are:
“With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go.”
“Do my eyes deceive me, or is Senna's Lotus sounding rough?”
“I can't imagine what kind of problem Senna has. I imagine it must be some sort of grip problem.”
“...and this is the third-placed car about to lap the second-placed car.”
Murray: “What's that? There's a BODY on the track?” James Hunt: “Um, I think that is a piece of BODYWORK, from someone's car.”
“The beak of Ayrton Senna's chicken is pulling ahead.”
“This has been a great season for Nelson Piquet, as he is now known, and always has been.”
* 'Murrayisms' courtesy of World Motorsport