The Silverstone racetrack will run races in memory of the late F1 commentator Murray Walker as part of its Silverstone Classic event later this year.
As part of special tribute, the prestigious Silverstone event’s two headline races for classic Formula One cars will be dedicated to his memory, and run as the Murray Walker Memorial Trophy.
Staged on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the pair of races for Masters Historic Formula One will be run as a celebration for the much-loved ‘Voice of Motorsport’, who passed away earlier this year.
The centrepiece event that the Murray Walker Memorial Trophy will centre around is Masters Historic Formula One racing that will feature a mouth-watering array of 3-litre F1 cars from between 1966 and 1985.
The circuit was a place where Walker was associated with in his life. A youthful Walker was present when Silverstone hosted its very first Grand Prix in 1948 and was most recently at the Home of British Motorsport when filming a feature to mark the 70th anniversary of that race.
Walker attended in May 2018 as part of an event with fellow presenters Karun Chandhok, Mark Webber and Susie Wolff at The Classic’s dedicated Preview Day in May 2018.
On that day, Murray Walker was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Classic’s Event Director Nick Wigley, and he would be joined in the Silverstone Wing pitlane by former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell.
Speaking on receipt of the accolade, the ever-enthusiastic Walker was quick to emphasise his very special relationship with the hallowed venue as well as his love for the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival.
He said, “Silverstone has always meant a heck of a lot to me. I was here in 1948 and have covered just about everything on wheels since then. I’ve seen the circuit grow from a World War 2 bomber base into the fantastic complex that it is today and it’s great to see quite literally hundreds of the amazing cars I’ve seen racing here still competing at The Classic. It’s a unique event and there’s nothing else quite like it in the world.”
Many of the wonderful cars that Walker raved about in that period are still reliving those glory days as part of The Classic’s race bill.
While Murray was also renowned for his high-octane commentaries on the antics of tin-top touring cars, it is for Formula One that he will be most remembered.
For many, the 1966-85 period contained some of Grand Prix racing’s finest cars, with the event taking fans back to times in which DFV power and a creative designer could win Grand Prix races, and many races that featured Murray’s commentary, and with it, some of his greatest moments behind the microphone.
“Everyone in motor sport loved Murray Walker and we really wanted both to celebrate his remarkable career and to thank him for all the fantastic entertainment he provided,” said Wigley.
“It’s fair to say that many of those coming to The Classic owe their love of historic racing to the infectious enthusiasm spread by Murray back in the day. The Murray Walker Memorial Trophy for Masters Historic Formula One will give us all the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to a truly unique and forever cherished personality.”
The races for the Murray Walker Memorial Trophy are just two of the highlights on an incredible ‘Greatest Hits’ race-card assembled to mark The Classic’s own 30th birthday postponed for last summer.
As well as featuring all the crowd-pleasing showdowns for Grand Prix, GT, Touring, Pre-War, Single-Seater and more modern Prototype racers, the full three-day programme also stars spectacular 60th anniversary races for two of the UK’s prized icons: the E-type Jaguar and Mini Cooper S.
All tickets for The Classic must be purchased in advance and a wide selection is available including hospitality and camping options. Adult general admission starts from £47 with the price of a three-day weekend ticket just £125. Display packages for car club members are also available until the end of May.
Free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under, while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6.
As ever, subject to guidelines, all tickets will give access to both racing paddocks, open trackside grandstand seating, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings and much of the fabulous family entertainment on offer including funfair rides, driving experiences and stunt shows.
Ticket-buyers can also book with confidence with tickets carrying a COVID booking guarantee which means that if a change in current Government guidelines prevents spectators attending, all ticket-buyers will have the option to either transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.