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  • RIP Murray Walker

    The voice of F1 Motor Racing, Murray Walker, has died at the age of 97.

    Snooker had Ted Lowe; Boxing had Reg Gutteridge; Cricket had John Arlott, and of course F1 had Murray Walker. I believe that so many people from the sport will be lining up to pay tribute to the great man.

    Does anyone remember the advert for Pizza Hut or some other pizza chain circa 1995-1996 which was set in a pizza restaurant, where Walker appeared along with Damon Hill, (or it could have been Nigel Mansell or another F1 driver)? When the pizzas were served, Walker said: "and here comes the pasta", which I think that he fluffed for: "and here comes the pizza". He wasn't really an actor of course, but the cameo in that advert upheld a lot of interest - I am sure it's either on YT or in someone's off-air collection.

    A great age to reach, and a great personality. RIP.
    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
    I'm having so much fun
    My lucky number's one
    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

  • #2
    Sad news, I remember he & Nigel Mansell were in an Austin Metro advert in about 1988.
    The Trickster On The Roof

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    • #3
      And his advert with Damon hill was brilliant , Pizza Hut I think

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      • #4
        The Pizza Hut advert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGxVe3-Z5wo
        https://i.imgur.com/sOpNJOr.png

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Semi42 View Post
          And his advert with Damon hill was brilliant , Pizza Hut I think
          Played it on YT as a tribute yesterday - quite a funny advert. "He's out of control", Walker says at the end of it when Hill tries to shake him after saying that he finished his pizza second.
          Last edited by George 1978; 14-03-2021, 22:36.
          I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
          There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
          I'm having so much fun
          My lucky number's one
          Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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          • #6
            a true gent and a giant who was known outside his sport as much as he was in it.
            A man who was not afraid to make the odd gaff.
            R i p m.w
            FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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            • #7
              Murray was up there as Legend n my book and made Motor Racing trendy and even funny with all his quips

              Murray no doubt was a good as any Racer and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Ayrton Senar and Nigel Manson and Ratzenburg etcveven though he was a commentator in the main. Everyone just knew Murray - even if you was no fan of the Sport

              RIP Murray Walker

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              • #8
                I was listening to Walker's obituary on Last Word on Sunday and it reminded me that he also wrote the famous Mars Bar advertisng slogan: "a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play".
                I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                I'm having so much fun
                My lucky number's one
                Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                  I was listening to Walker's obituary on Last Word on Sunday and it reminded me that he also wrote the famous Mars Bar advertisng slogan: "a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play".
                  His day job for a long time was in advertising, which he only retired from when he was in his 60s. I think he treated his commentating as a paid hobby.
                  The Trickster On The Roof

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                  • #10
                    Last Word played the Opal Fruits jingle "made to make your mouth water" which was made by Mars (just like its namesake Starburst), and that was what reminded me of it.
                    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                    I'm having so much fun
                    My lucky number's one
                    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                    • #11
                      There is also a clip of Walker on Clarkson, doing snooker commentary - doesn't quite fit in with the sport for some reason...
                      I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                      There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                      I'm having so much fun
                      My lucky number's one
                      Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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