A report on Sun-7 Chesterfield Series

Colin Bond placed third in the 1981 Better Brakes 3.5 Litre Series in a Ford Capri. The car is pictured in 2005

Australian touring car racing series staged at Amaroo Park in Sydney, New South Wales from 1971 to 1981.

- Sun-7 Chesterfield Series
Colin Bond placed third in the 1981 Better Brakes 3.5 Litre Series in a Ford Capri. The car is pictured in 2005

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Colin Bond in 2016

Colin Bond

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Retired Australian racing driver.

Retired Australian racing driver.

Colin Bond in 2016
Colin Bond in the Holden Dealer Team Monaro at Lakeside International Raceway in 1970.
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.
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.
Reproduction of the 1976 Bathurst Bond/Harvey Torana
Bond placed second in the 1980 Australian Rally Championship driving this Ford Escort RS1800
Bond placed third in the 1981 Australian Touring Car Championship driving a Ford Capri Mk.II

Bond also won the Catalina Park rallycross series, while on the bitumen he won the Toby Lee Series and Sun-7 Gold Medal.

Amaroo Park

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1.9 km motor racing circuit located in Annangrove, New South Wales, in the present-day western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

1.9 km motor racing circuit located in Annangrove, New South Wales, in the present-day western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

The Amaroo Park sign fronting Annangrove Road is still in place.
This road (signposted as Hillclimb Drive) was built over a section of the spectator area, and was not part of the actual racing circuit. The actual hillclimb was located some 1.5 km to the north of the main circuit. Today's Everett Pl. was the access rd for the hillclimb.
Phil Ward in his Holden Monaro Sports Sedan at the top of Bitupave Hill in 1980. The road in the background is the run from Honda to the Stop Corner clearly showing the elevation changes on the tight 1.94 km circuit

Amaroo Park held its own touring car series from 1971 to 1993, initially as the Sun-7 Chesterfield Series and then under various names, including the "AMSCAR Series" from 1982.

Bob Morris' championship-winning Holden Torana.

Bob Morris (racing driver)

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Australian former racing driver.

Australian former racing driver.

Bob Morris' championship-winning Holden Torana.
The 1976 Bathurst winning Holden Torana
Morris/O'Brien/Moffat 1980 Bathurst Falcon

In the 1973 and 1974 seasons Morris was very competitive in the Sun-7 Chesterfield Series at Amaroo Park driving against the Holden Dealer Team's Colin Bond and other top Sydney drivers.

AMSCAR

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Touring car series held in Australia between 1979 and 1997, based at Amaroo Park in Sydney.

Touring car series held in Australia between 1979 and 1997, based at Amaroo Park in Sydney.

The AMSCAR Series had its origins in Amaroo's own Sun-7 Chesterfield Series for touring cars, first held in 1971 and was won by Sydney's Lakis Manticas driving a Morris Cooper S.

Morris Mini-Minor

Mini

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Two-door compact city car that was produced by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 until 2000.

Two-door compact city car that was produced by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 until 2000.

Morris Mini-Minor
1959 Morris Mini Minor
1959 Morris Mini-Minor interior
1970 Mini
A cross-section shows how a Mini maximises passenger space.
1959 Morris Mini Minor
The Mini became an icon of 1960s British popular culture, and featured in the 1969 caper film The Italian Job.
1976 Mini 1000
Chilean fibreglass-bodied Mini
1992 Mini Cord built with a fibreglass body
Mini City E
Wolseley Hornet
1980 Mini Clubman
Riley Elf
Morris Mini Traveller Mk1 with internal fuel tank
Austin Mini Countryman Mk2 with filler cap now moved to the lower right hand side of the car
1963 Austin Mini Van
1967 Austin Mini Moke
Mini Pick-up.
Morris Mini K
Morris Mini Cooper Mark I
1971 Mini Cooper S Mk III
Timo Mäkinen and Mini Cooper S on their way to the first of a hat-trick of wins in the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland
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The Leyland Mini LS was produced by Leyland Australia from 1977 to 1978
The last Mini produced, a Rover Cooper Mini Sport, rolled off the Longbridge line on 4 October 2000
Minis lined up on Brighton seafront after a London-to-Brighton rally
Mini 9X at the Heritage Motor Centre
One of three Outspan (brand) Orange Minis, at Carfest South in 2017
1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner: 1963 Morris Mini Cooper S
1965 Monte Carlo Rally winner: 1964 Morris Mini Cooper S
1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner: 1966 Morris Mini Cooper S
An almond green Mark I Morris Mini Minor
A meeting of the Mini Owners of Texas club in Grapevine, Texas
1974 Mini Clubman Safety Research Vehicle—SRV4
Morris Mini-Minor rear
The first Morris Mini-Minor sold in Texas being delivered to a family in Arlington, Texas, in 1959
Morris Mini 1000 with larger windows and rear lights
A 1994 Rover Mini 1300i Cabriolet
Rover Mini Cooper Sport rear

A further title was the 1971 Sun-7 Chesterfield Series.

The Ford Cortina GT500 in which Seton and Midge Bosworth won the 1965 Armstrong 500 at Bathurst

Barry Seton

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Australian racing driver.

Australian racing driver.

The Ford Cortina GT500 in which Seton and Midge Bosworth won the 1965 Armstrong 500 at Bathurst
Seton won the 2000-3000cc class at the 1980 Hardie Ferodo 1000 driving a Ford Capri with Don Smith (image from 2017)

Seton, who suffered from Polio as a child, was particularly noted for his mastery of the Ford Capri in the mid-1970s, registering not only the class wins at Bathurst, but also winning the Sun-7 Rothmans 3-Litre Series at Amaroo Park.