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#1 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 02:28

Since the Walker/Hunt thread popped up, it got me thinking about commentary in motor racing at large. Do we have any favourites here? Perhaps videos could be posted down below of your favourite bits of commentary?

 

For me, there used to be a video circling the lesser seen parts of the internet of the 2001 125cc Valencian GP with Toby Moody and Jules Ryder in the box (already my favourite pairing in any motor sport). The last lap is by a clear margin the most passionate, evocative piece of commentating I've ever heard in any motor sport. I didn't know somebody could shout "Youichi Ui...!!" so loudly...and for some time I've been unable to find that video. If anyone can also remember that and perhaps find it, it would be doing the world a service.

 

I'll leave you with the post-race words of Toby Moody after that aforementioned battle: if that doesn't stir your soul, you have no soul.



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#2 aportinga

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 02:44

Bob Varsha (And I am certain we will all know where this is from)...

 

"You can't do that on the outside of paraltada but Mansell just did!"

 

And this one...

 

"That was just GLORIOUS!"

 



#3 Alfisti

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 04:14

The "best" commentating I have heard was fontana, 1999. It was abundantly clear to anyone who watches motor sports, that we just witnessed a fatal accident. The commentator waited u til he could confirm if it was Carpentier or Moore and calmly steered us through a very distressing moment. It was professional.

#4 Dhillon

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 04:17

Bundle: Race Director is nupty.

#5 Ali_G

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 06:19



Have to agree with Op though. Moody and Ryder on Eurosport were phenomenal.

#6 pacificquay

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 06:31

Toby Moody great, can’t stand “Wyder” and his speech impediment.

 

Plenty of memorable Murray moments - when you replay in your mind a bit from an old race it has his commentary on it, whereas a more recent one just has natural sound rather than Croft.

 

AND LOOK AT THAT! COLLOSSALY, IT’S MANSELL

 

 

one that also sticks in my head is from Spain 1991 where Murray turned into a dalek mid sentence when he said

 

NIGEL MANSELL IS INCHING UP ON GERHARD BERGER THE LEAD-AHH
 



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 07:26

James Hunt versus Jean-Pierre Jarier at Austria in 1983:



#8 Dick Dastardly

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:00

Murray Walker fantasising about being in a campervan with Bev Turner



#9 ensign14

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:09

You heard the announcement from the public address system. There’s not a sound. Men are taking off their hats. People are weeping. There are over 300,000 fans here not moving. Disbelieving.

 

Some men try to conquer life in a number of ways. These days of our outer space attempts some men try to conquer the universe. Race drivers are courageous men who try to conquer life and death and they calculate their risks. And with talking with them over the years I think we know their inner thoughts in regards to racing. They take it as part of living.

 

A race driver who leaves this earth mentally when he straps himself into the cockpit to try what for him is the biggest conquest he can make (are) aware of the odds and Eddie Sachs played the odds. He was serious and frivolous. He was fun. He was a wonderful gentleman. He took much needling and he gave much needling. Just as the astronauts do perhaps.

 

These boys on the race track ask no quarter and they give none. If they succeed they’re a hero and if they fail, they tried. And it was Eddie’s desire and will to try with everything he had, which he always did. So the only healthy way perhaps we can approach the tragedy of the loss of a friend like Eddie Sachs is to know that he would have wanted us to face it as he did. As as it has happened, not as we wish it would have happened. It is God’s will I’m sure and we must accept that.

 

We are all speeding toward death at the rate of 60 minutes every hour, the only difference is we don’t know how to speed faster and Eddie Sachs did. So since death has a thousand or more doors, Eddie Sachs exits this earth in a race car. Knowing Eddie I assume that’s the way he would have wanted it.

 

Byron said “who the God’s love die young.”  Eddie was 37. To his widow Nancy we extend our extreme sympathy and regret. And to his two children. This boy won the pole here in 1961 and 1962. He was a proud race driver. Well, as we do at Indianapolis and in racing, as the World Champion Jimmy Clark I’m sure would agree as he’s raced all over the world, the race continues. Unfortunately today without Eddie Sachs. And we’ll be restarting it in just a few moments.

 

 

 

-Sid Collins, 1964 Indianapolis 500

 

(editorial note: Dave MacDonald was still alive at this time.  He would not survive the day.)



#10 Beri

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:24

James Hunt versus Jean-Pierre Jarier at Austria in 1983:

 

Shows a big weakness by Tambay if both Arnoux and Piquet can pass Tambay and Jarrier and Tambay even cant pass Jarrier. Funny and striking comment by Hunt tho.



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:31

At Thruxton last year in the BTCC, David Addison exclaimed that if Butcher wanted to keep Sutton behind him, ‘he’s going to have to work harder than a fat lad’s arteries.’ A few races later he said someone was ‘unhappier than a penguin with a fish allergy.’

Also in 1992, Murray Walker did the famous, ‘I’m going for first says John Cleland’ when John Cleland flipped the bird at Steve Soper, and similarly at Oulton Park when Kieth O’Dor pointed at Tim Sugden and raised two fingers, Murray said, ‘you’re ahead, and I’m second to you says Kieth O’Dor.’

There was a WTCC race when John Cleland said, ‘whoever designed that first corner needs to be taken into a dark room and beaten.’

And two from James Hunt about Rene Arnoux, in Monaco 1989 as already mentioned, and Adelaide 1988 when he took out Gerhard Berger (there goes Arnoux, ruining the race for us, he really has no business being in motor racing).

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:40

- Michigan 2000 for me, although 1999 got exciting too when Papis ran out of fuel

 

Toby Moody and co at RIo 500cc GP in 1999, and also the 250cc GP at Donington and Australia that year.

 

Ben Edwards going high pitched when Maldonado and Hamilton collided in 2012 in Valencia(?)

 

Mark Webber sounding like the chicken from Moana when Hamilton went straight ahead in Baku 21

 

Murray Walker in Hungary 97, and also 'Oh God' when DC hit MS in Spa 98



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:44

I think Murray's famous "lump in my throat" from Suzuka 1996 is probably my favourite. Not just that comment but essentially the entire final lap building up to it, following Damon those last few corners before he crossed the line to become World Champion. It was really heartfelt, emotional and seemed genuine through-and-through. Very fitting to the occasion. 



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:47

OH GOD!



#15 FortiFord

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:53

Just listened to the Imola 99 podcast on Bring Back V10s and it reminded me of this brilliant commentary from Murray  :cool:

 



#16 Burai

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 08:57

The latest Bring Back V10s reminded me of Murray's commentary on Hakkinen's crash at Imola in 1999. Just this amazing whirlwind of excitement and disbelief at what he's seeing, like his brain can't quite process how Hakkinen has managed to bin an easy win, yet there it is, happening in front of him.

 

EDIT: Haha, snap.


Edited by Burai, 02 September 2022 - 08:58.


#17 Sterzo

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 12:37

At Thruxton last year in the BTCC, David Addison exclaimed that if Butcher wanted to keep Sutton behind him, ‘he’s going to have to work harder than a fat lad’s arteries.’ A few races later he said someone was ‘unhappier than a penguin with a fish allergy.’

Through the nineties and two thousands, the circuit commentary team of David Addison, Ian Titchmarsh, plus Alan Hyde in the pits, provided a quality not approached before or since, and never equalled on British TV. They're still brilliant, though rarely together, and Titch may well be near the end of his career.



#18 Ferrim

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 12:43

"And into the pitlane... OOOOOOOUGH!!!" (Adelaide, 1995)

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 12:57

^ That’s my all time fave. :up: ^



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#20 Gary Davies

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 13:18

Commentator A: “And Prost’s on fire as he goes into the swimming pool.”

Commentator B: “That should put it out then.”

No prizes.

 

And away from F1 (at the same time risking a ban).

”And here comes Seve Ballesteros, feeling much better after his 69 yesterday.”



#21 Nemo1965

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 13:40

Olav Mol: '...and Alonso will have to do with a 15th place on the grid this afternoon...'(camera cuts to Alonso's glorious girlfriend in the pits)...'And that's what he has to do with this evening.' I really spurted out a mouthful of coffee that moment.

#22 Ruusperi

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 13:58

Nothing tops Formula Nippon commentary

https://youtu.be/ZSO8Hh9_hjM?t=186


Edited by Ruusperi, 02 September 2022 - 14:01.


#23 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 14:52

I'm going to add a Toby Moody related moment again, except this time it was with Valentino in the box at the Sachsenring in 2009:

 

"Ehhh no, usually I don't watch...is..ehh...(in background) come si dice noioso?.....BORING!"



#24 MKSixer

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 15:05

During the trophy ceremony at the Turkish GP circa 2010 or so...

 

 

Bob Varsha:  Saying something about the podium ceremony (and gets's stepped on by David Hobbs)

 

David Hobbs:  Ah, Yes...here we have Rifat Subijafoewvofvnowabu giving the 3rd place trophy to (and gets stepped on by Bob Varsha)

 

Bob Varsha:  Please send all complaints about the previous comment to David Hobbs Honda in Where ever, Ohio, and not to us here at the Speed Channel.



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 15:21

During the trophy ceremony at the Turkish GP circa 2010 or so...

 

 

Bob Varsha:  Saying something about the podium ceremony (and gets's stepped on by David Hobbs)

 

David Hobbs:  Ah, Yes...here we have Rifat Subijafoewvofvnowabu giving the 3rd place trophy to (and gets stepped on by Bob Varsha)

 

Bob Varsha:  Please send all complaints about the previous comment to David Hobbs Honda in Where ever, Ohio, and not to us here at the Speed Channel.

 

Can anybody find that bit during a CART race when nothing was happening and David Hobbs decided he'd dust off his fake Scottish accent and pretend Jackie Stewart had joined them in the studio?



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 15:54

There was a WTCC race when John Cleland said, ‘whoever designed that first corner needs to be taken into a dark room and beaten.’

 

I remember that. It was at Oschersleben



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 16:08

https://www.youtube....h?v=C58TYGrtQg4

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=BzvwDZjAFRA

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=mF50oFvs5Ew

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=sGq9WOxoqsQ

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=EQC06fWqEn4



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 16:19

"That didn't work Michael, that didn't work, you hit the wrong part of him my friend"

 

Martin Brundle's assessment of Michael Schumacher's unsuccessful attempt to take out Jacques Villeneuve in the 1997 European GP remains one of his sharpest observations.



#29 OO7

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 16:22

I'm going to add a Toby Moody related moment again, except this time it was with Valentino in the box at the Sachsenring in 2009:

 

"Ehhh no, usually I don't watch...is..ehh...(in background) come si dice noioso?.....BORING!"

Herbie, do you remember GP 500, Jacarepaguá 1999? :D



#30 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 16:45

Herbie, do you remember GP 500, Jacarepaguá 1999? :D

I'm afraid I do not, as I only started watching top level motorcycling in 2001 or so...



#31 OO7

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 17:02

I'm afraid I do not, as I only started watching top level motorcycling in 2001 or so...

That was another great one, with Toby Moody, Julian Ryder and I believe Dennis Noyes.  I'm trying to find a clip of the last couple of laps with Eurosport broadcast, to no avail so far.



#32 Secretariat

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 17:26

Not F1 or Indycar, but Dale Jarrett's first win has always been one of my favorites. Loved listening to Bob Jenkins (also Benny and Ned...was a great trio), and the finish always makes me smile.    

 

https://youtu.be/aT-KWIIC9So?t=217



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 17:31

Even for those who don't speak French, I think this one is memorable.

 



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 17:53

Murray calling Coulthard's engine blow and Michael suddenly passing Mika, Italy 1998, is brilliant. Link

As a Hamilton fan, James Allen's closing remarks Japan 2007 and GB 2008 still make me emotional all these years later. He captures the moment perfectly.

Fuji 07 closing Link

GB 08 closing Link

#35 Frood

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 18:52

Paul Tracy weighs in on where a certain driver was looking to be heading the following year.



#36 OvDrone

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 18:59

Well this just happened at Zandvoort FP2:

https://streamable.com/rfn3pl



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 19:19

OH GOD!


Belgium 98

#38 Izzyeviel

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 19:23

Carlton Kirby stage 7 of the 2015 Tour of Turkey.

 

Oh you meant motor racing.*

 

Probably James Hunt ranting about the state of F1 during the 1981 Argentine GP whilst watching Hector Rebaque take the absolute piss.



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 20:15

Martin Haven was drunk of exhaustion when covering night partition of Le Mans 2010, at one point he started imitating Jonathan Legard's cliche F1 mantras and it was the best thing ever



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#40 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 20:38

Well this just happened at Zandvoort FP2:

https://streamable.com/rfn3pl

Both of them need to be fired plus the producer that allowed that to go live



#41 pacificquay

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 21:16

Both of them need to be fired plus the producer that allowed that to go live

I don’t think Croft did much wrong there, Ted was being an absolute appendage


Edited by pacificquay, 02 September 2022 - 21:17.


#42 PlatenGlass

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 21:36

Funny but ultimately a non-event. I think it was just a misunderstanding about whether a break was due.

#43 RekF1

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 21:53

2011 Canadian GP was mental. Rihanna getting soaked in the rain without an umbrella-ella-ella-ella-A.

Button winning from the back of the pack (after taking out Lewis and Alonso), but mainly for the heavy set chap failing at survival.

"That's.. that's not pretty is it?"



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#44 RekF1

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 22:00

I don’t think Croft did much wrong there, Ted was being an absolute appendage


I like angry Ted, and I hate Sky. I don't trust Crofty since he said he's a Metallica fan. I'll never get my head around that.

#45 MikeTekRacing

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 22:00

I don’t think Croft did much wrong there, Ted was being an absolute appendage

While I do think Ted was a big cry baby - Crofty should not have engaged in that conversation over the air and should have been more professional about sweeping it under the rug "Well, it seems we'll get Ted to give us coverage about Alpine a bit later, in the mean time let's talk about this" - and start going on about something irrelevant. 

 

trying to convince Ted on live air was not smart - maybe I was too harsh saying he should be fired for it - but he could have been smarter



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Posted 02 September 2022 - 22:52

Isn't the producer there to prevent this sort of thing happening ?  Both unprofessional anyway.

 

And not sure if these were Andy Marriotts actual words but : "Peterson passes Depailler around the outside of Sunset with less than half a lap to go "


Edited by LittleChris, 02 September 2022 - 22:55.


#47 F1 Mike

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 23:50

While I do think Ted was a big cry baby - Crofty should not have engaged in that conversation over the air and should have been more professional about sweeping it under the rug "Well, it seems we'll get Ted to give us coverage about Alpine a bit later, in the mean time let's talk about this" - and start going on about something irrelevant.

trying to convince Ted on live air was not smart - maybe I was too harsh saying he should be fired for it - but he could have been smarter

What a load of rubbish the huge debate and mass response about it is - all Ted did was suggest they should throw to the break when it's quiet on track....

Anyway a favourite commentary that stands out for me was another Murray moment in Monaco, 2000, when the race was stopped and several drivers were jogging back to the pits

https://youtu.be/i2fDztHNzHw

Edited by F1 Mike, 02 September 2022 - 23:51.


#48 PlatenGlass

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Posted 03 September 2022 - 11:17

Toby Moody great, can’t stand “Wyder” and his speech impediment.

That's pretty intolerant. Cancelled!

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Posted 03 September 2022 - 12:09

Always enjoyed the breathless commentary on the last laps of MotoGP Catalunya '09-

 



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Posted 03 September 2022 - 13:41

That's pretty intolerant. Cancelled!

It’s not intolerant at all, it’s about standards in professional broadcasting.