Aussie motorsport commentator Mike Raymond has passed away following a short battle with pneumonia, aged 76.
Raymond, famous for the phrase “BE THERE!”, was the voice of Australian motor racing from the 1970s to the 1990s, commentating the Bathurst 1000 for more than 20 years.
He then went onto become the head of sport at Channel Seven, and was instrumental in creating the world’s first in-car cameras in racing.
Raymond was followed into broadcasting by his son Andy, who has been a rugby league commentator at Fox Sports for over 10 years.
Mike Raymond was the voice of motorsport in my childhood – he was the man who talked me through the opening laps of the Bathurst 1000 year after year, let alone Amaroo, Oran Pk.
Very sad to learn of his passing, a commentary legend, the Voice of Australian motorsport. RIP Mike. pic.twitter.com/bpM96GGyYJ
— Trevor Long (@trevorlong) November 8, 2019
We are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Raymond. A wonderful man who championed our sport to make it what it is today. He invented the Top Ten Shootout and his chats with Dick on Racecam were legendary. Vale, Mike. #VASC pic.twitter.com/QwUrYMJ4Lx
— Shell V-Power Racing (@DJRTeamPenske) November 8, 2019
Just heard the news of the passing of Mike Raymond!
Here's some James Hardie 1000 footage from 1981 I copied some time ago with Mike doing his thing. Copyright to this lies with the Seven Network but I'm sure they won't mind me putting it online.
MP4, 1'39", Mono pic.twitter.com/36WuPPcJ5q
— Frankster🌈 (@FranksterAV) November 8, 2019
Shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of Australian motorsports commentary legend #mikeraymond As a kid I watched endless hours of him calling races & in adulthood became good friends with him & the whole family. Mike was synonymous w Bathurst & great broadcasts. RIP mate 😢
— Leigh Diffey (@leighdiffey) November 7, 2019