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Friday, Nov 8 02:02pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Australian commentary legend Mike Raymond dies

One of Australia’s most well-known commentators Mike Raymond has died at the age of 76 following a short battle with pneumonia.

Raymond began commentating speedway meetings but became one of Australian touring car racing’s long stays. He began calling races in the mid-1970s and continued commentating for two decades.

He was perhaps most well known for his role in the RaceCam innovation, which allowed Raymond to talk to drivers while they were racing.

Conversations between Raymond and the legends like Dick Johnson are steeped in Bathurst 1000 history. The style of commentary is still used to this day.

Raymonds retired from full-time commentary in 1995 and went on to serve as the Head of Sport for channel Seven.

His contributions were recognised in 1996 by receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the media and to motor sport as Motor Sport Director, Host and Chief Commentator for the Seven Network for 36 years.

 


He is largely credited for the shift to 5.0-litre V8-powered touring car racing in the mid-1990s that ultimately fed the Ford versus Holden rivalry.

Raymond was inducted into Bathurst’s Legends Lane and the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame in 2018.

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