Colin Bond

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Colin Bond
Nationality Australian
Born (1942-02-24) 24 February 1942 (age 72)
Retired 1994
Australian Touring Car Championship
Years active 1971-93
Teams Holden Dealer Team
Moffat Ford Dealer Team
Masterton Homes Racing
Caltex CXT Racing
Starts 126
Wins 10
Best finish 1st in 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship
Previous series
1970-80
1976

1982-83
Australian Rally Championship
Australian Sports Sedan Championship
Australian GT Championship
Championship titles
1971
1971
1972
1974
1975
1988
South Pacific Touring Car Series
Australian Rally Championship
Australian Rally Championship
Australian Rally Championship
South Pacific Touring Car Series
AMSCAR Touring Car Series
Awards
2002 V8 Supercar Hall of Fame

Colin John Bond (born 24 February 1942) is a retired Australian racing driver. Bond reached the highest levels in Australian motorsport in 1969 when he was recruited by Harry Firth to the newly formed Holden Dealer Team. He quickly found success, winning the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 mile race (now the Bathurst 1000) at Bathurst, New South Wales in a Holden Monaro.

Bond was a particularly versatile driver, also finding success in the Australian Rally Championship, winning the title in 1971, 1972 and 1974 driving a Holden Torana. Bond also won the 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship in a Holden Torana and was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2002.

Early career[edit]

Bond initially made a reputation as a hillclimber with three NSW Hillclimb titles in 1965-67 driving a Lynx-Peugeot S/C. Also known as a rally driver he was relatively unknown in circuit racing circles apart from a few forays racing various Isuzu Belletts, when he was chosen to partner Tony Roberts in one of three Holden Dealer Team entered Holden Monaros for the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 at Bathurst. On a day when the Fords crumbled with unsuitable tyres for the race, the HDT stood strong, putting all three Monaros into the top six positions with Bond and Roberts winning.

Torana GTR XU-1[edit]

Bond and Shepheard in the Holden Dealer Team Torana GTR XU-1 on their way to another win in the Warana Rally, round four of the 1972 Australian Rally Championship.

The nimble 6-cylinder Torana GTR XU-1 debuted in late 1970 and in 1971 Bond began racking up an impressive list of race and rally titles in his Torana. He secured the Manufacturer's Championship for Holden by winning 3 out of 5 rounds, including the Sandown 250 enduro in his XU-1. He also won the Australian Rally Championship and the Southern Cross Rally, along with the South Pacific Touring Series that year.

Late in 1971 Bond had a couple of drives with Frank Matich's F5000 team. One was in the Australian Grand Prix at Warwick Farm and driving in a wet practice session Bond put in lap times seconds faster than his more experienced F5000 rivals. After his open-wheeler stint he opted to stay with the Holden Dealer Team.

The following year Bond won the Australian Rally Championship for the second year in a row. Bond also won the Catalina Park rallycross series, while on the bitumen he won the Toby Lee Series and Sun-7 Gold Medal. In 1973 he again won the Sun-7 series at Amaroo Park.

1974 ARC winners Colin Bond and George Shepheard in the HDT Torana GTR XU-1 at the Warana Rally, round five of the 1974 Australian Rally Championship.

In 1974, as well as winning his third national Rally Championship, Bond won his third consecutive Sun-7 Chesterfield Series against a strong challenge by Bob Morris.

Torana L34[edit]

In late 1974, driving the new Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34, he contributed to Holden's victory in the Australian Manufacturers' Championship, again winning three out of five rounds.

Peter Brock left the Holden Dealer Team at the end of 1974. So for the 1975 season Colin Bond was the team's No.1 driver. That year he won the Australian Touring Car Championship and also won the South Pacific Touring Car Series. At Bathurst Bond won pole position and led for much of the early part of the race but a broken axle at half distance put him too far back to challenge Peter Brock.

Reproduction of the 1976 Bathurst Bond/Harvey Torana

Bond was involved in a dramatic finish in 1976 at the Bathurst 1000. Late in the race when it seemed Bond, in the Holden Dealer Team Torana L34, had the race sewn up he was forced to pull into the pits with fanbelt trouble allowing the Bob Morris Torana to take the lead. In the final laps Morris's co-driver, British touring car ace John Fitzpatrick, nursed home an ailing car trailing smoke ahead of Bond's Torana which finished about 40 seconds behind.

In 1987, motoring writer Bill Tuckey in his book The Rise and Fall of Peter Brock claimed that there had been a lap scoring error in the 1976 race and that Colin Bond's Torana was the first car to complete the distance. Tuckey claimed Holden declined to challenge the result because a privately entered Holden team had won in such a memorable, emotional finish, and because Bob Morris' major sponsor was Ron Hodgson Motors, one of Sydney's leading Holden dealerships at the time. It remains however a contested footnote, Bob Morris denies that this was the case, claiming most team lap scorers agreed that the results were correct. Despite this, Bond's co-driver John Harvey believes that he and Bond did indeed win the race (Bond himself has kept a dignified silence), despite the official result still showing Morris and Fitzpatrick as race winners.

1-2 Formation Finish at Bathurst[edit]

Main article: 1977 Bathurst 1000

In 1977, Bond came close to becoming the first driver to achieve victories for both Holden and Ford Motor Company at the Bathurst 1000 (a feat which wouldn't be achieved until Steven Richards in 1999). He was driving the second car (a Ford Falcon XC Hardtop) in Allan Moffat's team, with Moffat driving the lead car which was experiencing mechanical problems in the closing laps of the race. Although Bond had the opportunity to pass Moffat and take victory, he controversially chose to observe Moffat's team orders and allowed him to pass the line first in the now famous 1-2 formation finish.

Bond has stated in interviews since then that he regretted not taking victory from Moffat. Moffat himself later revealed that during the race he had offered Bond a drive in his Falcon which would have seen Bond not only win the race but finish second as well. Bond confirmed that he turned down Moffat's offer, preferring instead to stick to his own car which was co-driven by open wheel driver Alan Hamilton (Bond was to have driven with Gregg Hansford, but the Queenslander had to withdraw through injury suffered in a Motorcycle racing accident). Moffat also claimed that had the third placed Peter Janson / Larry Perkins Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback been on the same lap (they were one lap down) and closing in on the pair that Bond would have been free to pass him for the win if it meant that the Moffat Ford Dealers team won the race.

From 1977 to 1980 Bond ran the Ford works rally team, with Greg Carr and Bond driving the very competitive BDA Escort. The highlight for the Ford team was Greg Carr winning the 1978 Australian Rally Championship.

The 1980s[edit]

Colin Bond's Ford Capri

During the 1980s Bond was less prominent than he had been the previous decade, due mainly as others recognised his engineering ability and he was hired to front smaller operations like Steve Masterton's Capri team, Alfa Romeo's three-year factory effort and in the 1990s Toyota's short-lived foray into Supertouring. But he did register two more Bathurst 1000 placings, finishing 3rd in 1983 and 1988; the latter occasion with 1980 Formula One World Champion Alan Jones as co-driver in a Ford Sierra RS500. And in 1985 Bond and former motorcycle racer Gregg Hansford won their class and finished 7th outright at Bathurst in an Alfa Romeo GTV. He was also third in the 1981 and 1988 Australian Touring Car Championships.

Bond drove a great variety of machinery during this period including the Ford Capri, Chevrolet Camaro, Triumph TR8, Alfa Romeo GTV, Alfa Romeo 75, Ford Sierra RS500, Toyota Corolla, and Porsche (including a Porsche 944 Turbo for Allan Hamilton's Porsche Cars Australia team in the 1982 and 1983 Australian GT Championships).

Bond also teamed with then open wheel racer Andrew Miedecke to drive a John Fitzpatrick Racing Porsche 962 in the 1984 Sandown 1000. The race, which was the final round of the 1984 World Endurance Championship, was the first ever FIA world championship motor race held in Australia. Driving an unfamiliar car with approximately 200 bhp (149 kW; 203 PS) more than either had driven previously, Bond and Miedecke acquitted themselves well against the likes of Sports car racing stars Stefan Bellof, Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass, Derek Bell, and Aussie internationals Alan Jones and Vern Schuppan. Bond qualified the car in 11th place, 4.4 seconds slower than pole winner Bellof in his Rothmans Porsche 956B. Bondy and "Mad Andy" then drove a steady race, staying out of trouble, to record a 6th place finish at Melbourne's Sandown Park. Bond would claim that racing the 962 was "A lot of fun".

Wins in the Caltex Sierra[edit]

Colin Bond made an impact on the Touring Car Championship in 1990, winning two consecutive rounds of the championship at Lakeside and Mallala driving a Caltex sponsored Ford Sierra. Both these wins involved memorable drives where Bond came from behind to pass the leading cars one by one until taking the lead and holding off his rivals to win.

In 1994 Bond was lured back for one last tilt at the Bathurst 1000 by Fred Gibson, manager of the Winfield Racing Team. Driving a Holden VP Commodore with Swede Anders Olofsson, Bond briefly led the race early on when many cars were pitting to change tyres. He finished in 6th place on the same lap as the winning car.

Bond retired as a driver in 1994, but continued to contribute to the sport as a driving standards observer for V8 Supercar until he was replaced by Tomas Mezera after the 2006 season.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1965 New South Wales Hillclimb Championship 1st Lynx-Peugeot S/C
1966 New South Wales Hillclimb Championship 1st Lynx-Peugeot S/C
1967 New South Wales Hillclimb Championship 1st Lynx-Peugeot S/C
1970 South Pacific Touring Series 2nd Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 Holden Dealer Team
1970 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 Holden Dealer Team
1971 South Pacific Touring Series 1st Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1971 Australian Rally Championship 1st Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1972 South Pacific Touring Series 6th Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1972 Sun-7 Chesterfield Series 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1972 Toby Lee Series 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1972 Australian Rally Championship 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1973 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1973 South Pacific Touring Series 3rd Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1973 Sun 7 Better Brakes Gold Medal Series 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1974 Australian Touring Car Championship 14th Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1974 Sun-7 Chesterfield Series 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
Holden LH Torana SLR/5000
Holden Dealer Team
1974 Australian Rally Championship 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1975 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team
1975 South Pacific Touring Series 1st Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team
1975 Australian Rally Championship 4th Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team
1976 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team
1976 Australian Sports Sedan Championship 6th Holden LH Torana Holden Dealer Team
1977 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford XB Falcon GT
Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop
Moffat Ford Dealers
1978 Australian Rally Championship 3rd Ford Escort BDA Ford Australia
1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
1979 Rothmans International Series 6th Brabham BT43 Chevrolet Thomson Motor Auctions
1979 Australian Rally Championship 3rd Ford Escort BDA Ford Australia
1980 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Ford Escort BDA Ford Australia
1981 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Capri Mk.II Masterton Homes Racing
1981 3.5L AMSCAR Series 3rd Ford Capri Mk.II Masterton Homes Racing
1982 Australian GT Championship 3rd Porsche 944 Turbo Porsche Cars Australia
1982 Better Brakes AMSCAR Series 4th Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Nine Network Racing Team
1983 Australian GT Championship 7th Porsche 944 Turbo Porsche Cars Australia
1984 Australian Super Series 2nd Alfa Romeo GTV6 Network Alfa
1984 World Endurance Championship 62nd Porsche 962 Team Australia
John Fitzpatrick Racing
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Alfa Romeo GTV6 Network Alfa
1985 Australian Endurance Championship 3rd Alfa Romeo GTV6 Network Alfa
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Alfa Romeo GTV6 Network Alfa
1986 Better Brakes AMSCAR Series 2nd Alfa Romeo GTV6 Network Alfa
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Alfa Romeo 75 Caltex CXT Racing
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1988 Better Brakes AMSCAR Series 1st Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1990 James Hardie Building Products AMSCAR Series 2nd Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1991 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 12th Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 15th Toyota Corolla Seca AE93 Caltex CXT Racing
1993 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship 3rd Toyota Corolla Seca AE93 Caltex CXT Racing

References[edit]

  • Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960–1999 (Chevron) © 2000
  • Giant Killers 1972
  • Giant Killers 1973 - pgs 35, 63
  • Racing Car News October, 1976
  • The Rise and Fall of Peter Brock (Bill Tuckey) 1987
  • Highlights of Bathurst 1000–1993, 1994 DVD (Chevron)
  • Torana SL/R5000 DVD (Holden Motorsport/Chevron)
  • Formula 5000 in New Zealand and Australia by Wolfgang Klopfer - Pg 205
  • Sydney Morning Herald - 19 August 1973 - pg 15
  • The Age - 6 March 1973 - pg 10

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruce McPhee
Barry Mulholland
Winner of the Bathurst 500
1969
(with Tony Roberts)
Succeeded by
Allan Moffat
Preceded by
Bob Watson
Winner of the Australian Rally Championship
1971 and 1972
Succeeded by
Peter Lang
Preceded by
Peter Lang
Winner of the Australian Rally Championship
1974
Succeeded by
Ross Dunkerton
Preceded by
Peter Brock
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1975
Succeeded by
Allan Moffat