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Having a bad day? Spare a thought for Gerry Crown (of Crown & Andrews board game fame) and Matthew Bryson, Australia’s representatives in the 2007 Peking to Paris Rally.

Driving a Repco backed 1940 Buick, Crown and Bryson found themselves in a spot of bother on the Russian and Mongolian border. After swerving to avoid a truck that had come to grief on the treacherous track, they hit one rock too many.

It was quite a blow for the Aussies, given they were running as high as second place in a field of 76, but now find themselves back in 39th place.

The team turned to Repco for assistance. Widely recognised as the destination for “hard to find parts”, they were able to source a set of shock absorbers for the 1940 Buick via their international network, promptly dispatching the required parts to the duo’s Russian hotel.

With a steering box for the vintage Buick even harder to find, John Bryson (driver Matthew’s father) flew out of Sydney last weekend, armed with a swag of Repco parts, to the desolate back-blocks of Russia in an effort to get the team back on the road.

With still around 10,000km to the finish line in Paris, it is hoped that Crown and Bryson will be able to claw their way back up the leader board before the events ends.

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