I almost punched James Hunt says Hampshire Formula One legend Murray Walker

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Hampshire Formula One legend Murray Walker says he almost punched racing star James Hunt while they were commentating together.

The commentator, who lives near Fordingbridge, revealed that he became “incandescent with rage” when Hunt seized the microphone from him.

The 90-year-old told Desert Island discs that the incident happened as he was commentating during a televised Grand Prix with the former Formula One champion.

Daily Echo:

He said: “We were oil and water. I was standing up and James was sitting down and I was giving it plenty.

“James saw the old boy had been talking long enough and he gave the microphone wire a terrific tug.

“The microphone flew out of my hands and into his.

“I had my fists back to give him a fourpenny one because I was absolutely incandescent with rage.”

Daily Echo:

But as he prepared to hit out he saw his producer, Mark Wilkin “wagging his finger at me, saying ‘No Murray, don’t’, so I didn’t and what turned out to be a good friendship was retained.”

They continued to work together until Hunt’s death at 45 in 1993.

The star, a legendary hellraiser as well as a successful driver, was the subject of the film Rush, released last year.

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4:01pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Bob Barnes says...

Murray you should of at the time he was a right wanaker
Murray you should of at the time he was a right wanaker Bob Barnes
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8:42pm Sun 16 Mar 14

derek james says...

Bob Barnes wrote:
Murray you should of at the time he was a right wanaker
unlike walker hunt actually won a world championship in the days when they didn't have all the safety equipment they have now.compare him to the cardboard drivers of today he was a character, a much underrated driver.incidentally walker coined the phrase ("budgies fed on trill bounce with health") and hunt was a big budgie fan.walker likes the sound of his own voice too much although he was a ww2 tankman so not short on courage.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Barnes[/bold] wrote: Murray you should of at the time he was a right wanaker[/p][/quote]unlike walker hunt actually won a world championship in the days when they didn't have all the safety equipment they have now.compare him to the cardboard drivers of today he was a character, a much underrated driver.incidentally walker coined the phrase ("budgies fed on trill bounce with health") and hunt was a big budgie fan.walker likes the sound of his own voice too much although he was a ww2 tankman so not short on courage. derek james
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