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A very happy 90th birthday, Murray Walker

Oct 10, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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Long regarded as the voice of Formula One commentary, Murray Walker celebrates his 90th birthday today.

The living legend ended his full-time commentary in the broadcast booth in 2001; coincidentally, that was the last year the Japanese Grand Prix, which runs this weekend, ran without a Japanese driver in the field.

Walker has battled health issues this year, having been diagnosed with cancer in June. But recently, he opined on James Hunt as a “decent” individual. Hunt was Walker’s longtime commentary partner in the UK before Hunt’s death in 1993. Hunt’s story has risen to prominence once again with the release of Ron Howard’s “Rush” this year.