Renault 20

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Renault 20

After earning the respect of the motoring community with a very credible performance from their little Renault 4 in the 1979 Paris-Dakar Rally, the Marreau brothers went on to win the event three years later in a Renault 20 turbo 4x4.

The first few Paris-Dakar rallies were highly picturesque, with 4x4 monsters riding side-by-side with buggies, sidecars, a Rolls Royce, and even a 1927 Renault KZ! In the second rally, the Marreau brothers, Claude and Bernard, created a sensation by placing their modest little Renault 4 just behind the winning Range Rover entered by Genestier-Terblaut-Lemordant. It was hardly their first African adventure, because they’d already set the record for the Cape Town to Algiers run in 1971. In 1982, they entered with a prototype four-wheel-drive Renault 20 powered by a turbocharged engine. Their excellent navigation and driving skills won through, and they resisted the challenges from Briavoine-Deliaire (Lada), Jaussaud-Brière (Mercedes) and Ickx-Brasseur (Mercedes) to cross the finishing line ahead of the 380-strong field. But Renault’s desert-fox credentials don’t stop there. The Marreau brothers finished ninth in the 1983 rally and fifth in 1985, with a Renault 18 V6. And a Renault engine powered Jean-Louis Schlesser’s winning buggy in the 1999 and 2000 Paris-Dakar events.

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