We are very sad to report that shortly before the Slovakian border Ruby gave one last backfire and ground to a halt by the side of the road. We had had a lovely day in Poland had tackled the first time trial and were looking forward to the rest of Europe. Unfortunately we had been having some engine lubrication problems and the cam shaft finally seized. We put the car on a truck to Koscice and finally to a garage where we spent until 3am. taking it apart. We realised that this was going to be a huge job but still thought we would be able to carry on. However we could not get any parts sent from Canada until Monday, they would arrive Wednesday and it would take at least three days to complete the job. So with much disappoint all round we have rented a car and will continue with the rally into Paris. We will now help the other crews by carrying their spare parts etc. and helping out where we can. We feel somewhat vindicated that we managed to cross Asia and were on the home strait when Ruby failed . C’est la vie!