Siblings Claude and Bernard Marreau were born in Nanterre, sons of garage mechanic Robert – and petrol flowed through their veins from an early age. In the late 1960s that led them to take a world tour in a Renault 4 – and a movie of their adventures won amateur film of the year at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. The brothers went on to break the world record for the Cape Town to Algiers run in 1971 and featured in several other African races before taking their little Renault 4 Sinpar 4X4 to the inaugural 1979 Paris-Dakar rally. Their unexpected fifth place finish gained them their nickname, ‘the Desert Foxes’ and, the following year, they exceeded their own expectations by finishing third in the same race. An official partnership with Renault soon followed.