Donald Bond’s first car, A 1977 Chevy Nova was shared with his identical twin brother, Ward Bond one of the three Bond’s to host the new television show, Car Time TV. His love for cars came at a very early age one Christmas morning around the age of 2. A bright red push car under the tree was soon pounding the pavement of the local funeral home where his father worked as a mortician. The only cars at the time Donald knew where the hot-rodded ambulances and the Cadillac Hearses lining the garages.
Donald’s love for the automobile is more of an art appreciation. A rolling work of art as he sees it. Ask him what his favorite is and he’ll say “All of them”. Growing up in a Chevrolet family, one of Donald’s first rides at 10 months old was in his father’s ’55 Chevy Belair traveling from Georgia to a small Texas town to make a new home for his family. From growing up in a couple of funeral homes to a small garage apartment, cars were Donald’s passion. From hot-rodding the ’77 Nova to enjoying the jacked-up 4×4’s, He went on to buy his dream car at 27, a 1969 Porsche 911. A car he kept for 18 years. Over the next 20 years, Porsche’s were in the garage and in the driveway. Seeing a Porsche is the small Texas town he grew up in, everyone knew it was Donald’s or he had something to do with the iconic German iron showing up on the streets.
His love for the German makes bled into VW’s and BMW’s. A couple of his favorites within those marque’s where his Passat Turbo Wagon (fastest in Houston at the time) and his 535i from 1990 he found in Santa Monica for a mere $5K. Both white and ironically the only color his father would buy.
For years, Donald is known as a professional photographer and designer has worked side-gigs in California covering Pebble Beach, Pomona, SEMA and other shows on the West Coast while working in an engineering firm at the time. One of his greatest memories of automotive coverage is being thrown out of the Ferrari tent on the 18th green at Pebble Beach for photographing the Ferrari FXX before the unveiling. Refusing to give up his media cards to the screaming representative, Bond quietly left and uploaded the ‘spy photos’ to the internet. Bond will always get his photo!
After California, Donald moved back to Texas to be closer to his two sons who are now in college. The Porsche’s may not be lining his garages at the moment, but his classic ’72 SS454 El Camino provides the resonating sound through his neighborhood and yes, everyone knows who it is when he it turns the key.