Murray Walker O.B.E. character jug modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1997 limited edition of 2,500 commissioned by Lawleys By Post. Graeme Murray Walker (1923- ) was the voice of Formula One racing for half a century. Walker was born into the world of motor racing. His father was a motorcycle TT champion and the young Walker saw his first race when he was two. After active service in World War II, he debuted as a sports commentator in 1949 when he covered the British GP at Silverstone for BBC Radio. When the BBC lost the contract for Formula 1 coverage to ITV, Walker switched over to the commercial company. Famous for his enthusiastic commentary style, his reputation for mistakes made in the heat of the moment was the making of Walker. He commentated on Formula 1 right from its early days in the 1950s through to the start of the twenty-first century. When he announced he was retiring at the end of the 2001 season, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars. A checkered flag, racing tire and microphone form the handle of this jug.
British Sporting Icons Collection