Colin Bond

Colin Bond

24/2/1942

A versatile driver, Bond won the Australian Rally Championship in 1971, 1972 and 1974. He also won the 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Colin Bond was an Australian racing driver. Bond reached the highest levels in Australian motor sport in 1969 when he was recruited 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. He also won the 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship in a Holden Torana.

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 coupé) in Allan Moffat's team, with Moffat driving the lead car which was experencing 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.

Bond retired as a driver in 1994, but continues to contribute to the sport as a driving standards observer for V8 Supercar racing.

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