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Colin Bond : biography

24 February 1942 -
Colin John Bond

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.

Torana L34

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 ToranaBond 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, despite the official result still showing Morris and Fitzpatrick as race winners.

Early career

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 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 1974 Australian Touring Car Championship 14th Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team 1974 Australian Rally Championship 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Marlboro-Holden Dealer Team 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34 Marlboro-Holden Dealer Team 1975 South Pacific Touring Series 1st Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team 1976 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34 Marlboro-Holden Dealer Team 1976 Australian Sports Sedan Championship 5th Holden LH Torana Marlboro Holden Dealer Team 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford XB Falcon GTFord XC Falcon GS500 Moffat Ford Dealers 1978 Australian Rally Championship 3rd Ford Escort BDA Ford Australia 1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford XC Falcon GS500 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 V6 Masterton Homes 1982 Australian GT Championship 3rd Porsche 944 Turbo Porsche Cars Australia 1982 Better Brakes AMSCAR Series 4th Chevrolet Camaro 1983 Australian GT Championship 7th Porsche 944 Turbo Porsche Cars Australia 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 AMSCAR Touring Car 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 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

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