Biography Marc Goldfarb



Datsun 510 POR Blacksands Marc Goldfarb began rallying as a spinoff of his interest in cars in college, participating in TSD rallies put on by the RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY) Sports Car Association, later rallymastering numerous events for the club. His interest in PRO rallying began by running course opening during the Mo-Hud SCCA Snowflake PRO Rally/Ice Trial in 1979 and he began co-driving with Mike Friedman in a Datsun 510. The photo, taken by a fearless college student, demonstrates them literally flying through the Black Sand stage of the Press On Regardless PRO Rally in 1981. 1981 saw the team of Friedman and Goldfarb (known as "FRIEDFARB" to knowledgeable rallying fans) go international with the winning of the "bloody eagle", the Best New PRO Rally Team at the Nova Scotia Highlands Rally in Truro.

Nissan Violet Ski Sawmill A succession of cars were campaigned during the early and middle 1980s, including the first Subaru actively sponsored in SCCA National PRO Rally, with many excellent finishes. In 1984, Marc campaigned a Datsun 510 as a driver but an offer to join the Big Apple Rallysport Team from L. Mark Stone, a former RPI classmate, to co-drive in the 300+ HP Nissan Violet GT Turbo brought Marc back to the right seat. Marc's association with Big Apple Rallysport continued for over 10 years with top finishes in the US and internationally. The team proved its mettle in 1993 by finishing as the top RWD vehicle at STPR, finishing in 7th overall in a field of AWD vehicles.  A new business opportunity for Stone allowed Marc to team up with Lesley Suddard, former O2 Super Divisional Champ, to campaign her former Pete Gladyz Dodge Shelby Charger Turbo. Marc has also worked with  the Roberti Motors team, Driver Mike White in his Group 2 Saab, and also with Rick Davis in his open class BMW 318ti. 

The advent of stage notes in the US and the migration toward full pace notes in Canada  has increased the challenge for the co-driver. This has allowed Marc to contribute more substantially to the success of the team. In 2002, Marc again worked with  Vermont Sports Car as co-driver for the Group N Subaru WRX at the 2002 Maine Forest ProRally with John Pizzagalli at the wheel, and at the Rally New York ClubRally with VSC owner, Lance Smith driving.

Dodge Shelby ChargerSAAB 99BMW 318i

2003 was a watershed year for Rally competition. In the US,  Marc worked  one of the top US teams, AV Motorsport, as co-driver for the Group N WRX of Jason Rivas. The photo below shows Jason and Marc at work at the 2003 Sandhills Sandblast. In parallel, Marc has been working with the 2002 Canadian Open Class championship team, Musketeer Racing, as co-driver of the open class Mitusbishi Lancer EVO IV driven by Andrew Comrie-Picard. Although not having competed in all the events together, the team still managed to garner a 2nd Canadian National co-driver position for Marc. In 2004, Marc and Andrew continued their successful partnership finishing on the podium several times in both the US and Canada as well as a second in the North American Rally Cup.


Marc is also the course marshal working with Tim O'Neil on the first new ClubRally in New England in many years. The Rally of the Great North Woods features the excellent roads surrounding Berlin, NH. The result was a high quality event run of over 70 stage miles in a compact course  with a high stage mileage to transit mileage ratio. Additionally, a new team training course was added to the Team O'Neil curriculum developed by Marc and presented in the summer of 2003. It featured Tim, Marc, Howard Davies, and a teaching staff of internationally recognized competitors specializing in the development of driver/co-driver skills.

Marc is a Design Engineer for the Communications Division of Analog Devices, a high tech company in Wilmington, MA, involved in the design of integrated circuits for commercial wireless products. He also enjoys running, skiing, and scuba diving.


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