Murray Walker reunited with dad’s Rudges

Commentating legend surprised with collection of father’s racers

MURRAY Walker might be approaching ‘national treasure’ status thanks to his decades of F1 (and, back in the day, Moto GP) commentaries but his dad still remains a biking legend thanks to his TT successes.

Graham Walker won a host of TTs and other road races between the wars, largely on Rudge bikes, although he also campaigned Nortons and Sunbeams. As guest of honour at a Royal Automobile Club dinner, Murray was reunited with a group of his dad’s old racers, which had been gathered from as far afield as Australia for the occasion.

According to the Royal Automobile Club, the bikes were:

1932 Isle of Man TT Senior Race, with a top speed speed of 76.36mph (finished 6th)
1933 Rudge TT replica
1934 Tyrell-Smith motorcycle (6th in the Ulster Grand Prix and won the Australian TT)
1935 TT Rudge Replica racer, one of only ten made

Walker said: ‘For once I’m almost speechless. This is absolutely astounding. My father was a great man to me. I have fifteen silver replicas of his TT bikes and to see these here together after all these years is overwhelming.’