Australian motorsport is mourning the loss of one of the greats after the news that veteran broadcaster Mike Raymond passed away following a battle with pneumonia.
The 76-year-old was one of the most iconic voices in Australian sports broadcasting from the late 1970’s to the mid-1990’s, heading up Channel Seven’s coverage of the Australian Touring Car Championship at the category’s peak.
Raymond made a name for himself after getting on the mic at Parramatta Speedway, eventually getting a gig calling Australia’s premier racing class alongside such names as Garry Wilkinson, Neil Crompton and Mark Oastler.
It was the invention of RaceCam which let Raymond work his magic, being able to call races from the driver’s perspective as well as talk to the stars as they raced around the best tracks in the country.
Perhaps the most famous moment came towards the end of his career when he asked laconic Queenslander Dick Johnson if he was feeling lonely, just as the rear wing broke on the #17 Falcon heading into The Chase at Bathurst, touching nearly 300 clicks.
The conversations between Raymonds and Johnson, Peter Brock and RaceCam pioneer Peter Williamson have been etched into Bathurst and Australian motorsport history, showing a simpler time compared to the ultra-professional arrangements we now see.
Raymond’s efforts were recognised in 2018 at the Bathurst where he was inducted to the Legends Lane for his contributions to the sport.
He will be sorely missed and his legacy lives on through the current crop of commentators as well as the technologies we see in each race.
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