Honoring Matthew Marker

Matthew Marker at the 2011 Sno*Drift Rally

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.

Marker's #65 Subaru

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.

4 Replies to “Honoring Matthew Marker”

  1. It is always a sad day when we lose someone in the Racing community.
    God Speed Matthew.

  2. Rally In Peace bro i will see you someday always be your neighbor even in heaven may be gone but your spirit is still in your cars

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