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Old 05-01-2011, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Olympus Rally - Matt Marker

I don't know if Matt was a member here, I count his aunt as one of my closest friends and it broke my heart today to hear her crying on the phone. Family is flying to Seattle today to bring Matt home.

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Old 05-01-2011, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So sorry to hear. My prayers are with his family and those at the event who are managing their way through their grief.

RIP Matthew
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Im very sorry to hear of the loss of a great driver. Its always a damn shame when a life is lost during a race. Despite all the precautions we take and safety measures we cram into the cars, Rally is still one of the most dangerous motorsports out there. Those of us who compete know well that this rally stage could well be our last. Its always in the back of our minds. Tragedy like this is a painful reminder that its a deadly sport we play in. Despite this, we will soldier on.
Matthew Marker's name will not fade to dust like so many others. He was of a special breed. He was a Rally racer. He was a part of a close family of men and women who were willing to push the limits of whats sane and live life to the fullest. For many drivers and co-drivers, every time we strap into our cars and start the engines, we will remember Matt. We will remember him.

My brother in rally, may you rest.
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Im very sorry to hear of the loss of a great driver. Its always a damn shame when a life is lost during a race. Despite all the precautions we take and safety measures we cram into the cars, Rally is still one of the most dangerous motorsports out there. Those of us who compete know well that this rally stage could well be our last. Its always in the back of our minds. Tragedy like this is a painful reminder that its a deadly sport we play in. Despite this, we will soldier on.
Matthew Marker's name will not fade to dust like so many others. He was of a special breed. He was a Rally racer. He was a part of a close family of men and women who were willing to push the limits of whats sane and live life to the fullest. For many drivers and co-drivers, every time we strap into our cars and start the engines, we will remember Matt. We will remember him.

My brother in rally, may you rest.
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I remember him saying once a long time ago at a local mud bog/bonfire bash, something like "You can always get better with practice, but can't always recover from a mistake, be careful out there, practice makes perfect." Shortly there after he took off shredding across a corn field, typical Marker fashion, in his caged wagon with the sweet pivoting headlight in the grill.

It always sucks to loose a racer, no matter the sport. RIP schoolmate, my prayers are with you and your family.

Rally on Sir.
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Thanks guys, your words are so touching. I'll make sure this gets to the family.

Busyfixin, the funeral is Saturday either at the house or the town hall at 2pm, they'll set exact location soon.
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Sr. Matthew Marker & Familia you will always be in our prayers - Descanze en Paz

Never met you SR. Matthew Marker (Pro Rally Driver),

All we can say is WOW! YOU WERE A GREAT DRIVER

YouTube - Matthew Marker Olympus Rally 2011


Our little team will run your BRIGHT LIGHT under of all rigs in RESPECT to YOU in future events!
WE PROMISE THAT OUT OF RESPECT!

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YouTube - 2011 Olympus Rally Recap


YouTube - Matt Marker at Olympus Rally 2011.
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WorldRallyTeam, thank you! The videos are fabulous, I have them extracted and burned to DVD to show the family and will pass on your kind words as well. They'll really appreciate that you're going to be running the lights, I'm sure.
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Pics from the Brooklyn stages. Feel free to use these.



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Thank you YZRider!
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Thinking of you bud. Hope the races are great up there.
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Hard to believe more than a year has passed.

From 2006 to 2011 I ran Sweep for the NW events and had the difficult task of being on the scene of this crash. It was definitely an experience that will stay with me forever.

Rally in peace, Matt.
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Tough to believe for sure. Rally on Matt.
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