This past weekend the Rally community suffered a great loss. While competing at the Olympus Rally in Washington the #65 of Matthew Marker and Christopher Gordon left the course on stage 6 and struck a tree, fatally injuring Marker. Gordon was uninjured.
Matthew was a likable free spirit who had a smile ready for anyone. Whether he was trying to make it back to service with a flat tire or he had just blazed through a stage; he was happy to just be behind the wheel.
During night stages Marker was famous for turning on the undercarriage neon lights much to the delight of fans.
Matthew was one of my favorite competitors and someone I always enjoyed seeing every January at the Sno*Drift Rally in Northern Michigan.
Hailing from Elk Rapids, Sno*Drift was Matthew’s home event and one where he had a huge fan base.
Matthew’s easy going demeanor and friendliness will be greatly missed throughout the racing community.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow (5/7/2011) to honor Marker at 2pm in Elk Rapids. Reportedly a parade to celebrate the life of Matthew will be held by the Fire Dept. in conjunction with two local bands which had connections to the likeable 31-year-old driver.