There is a reason World Rally Championship magic media man Julian Porter can go under the moniker, “The Rally Guru” with total legitimacy. Because, he, like many other WRC reporters (including, but not limited to Becs Williams and Colin Clark), have a knack for capturing what goes on behind the scenes and beyond the stages. You know, the stuff that may lack as much in drama as in resolution, but gives the world a more realistic portrait of events, making it more accessible to those outside the inner sanctum, if not shedding a little comic light on something that can (too often) get bogged down in murky facts and figures. A peek behind the curtain at the Great and Powerful Oz, if you will. And, while we would never trade anything for those beautiful (and, often, just as weird) shots, artfully captured with equipment capable of matching the speed of rally in ways no amateur shutterbug (wielding expensive camera equipment, good for little more than trying to feel more impressive in the hands of most) or smartphone addict fan could ever dream of catching, these candid snapshots (almost) make us thankful for the overwhelming mediums available for online photo sharing. Because, opportunities to (really and truly) have it all are rare. So, one must grab them and cherish them when they can.
Prior to the start of ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2014, on his way back to his hotel room, Mr Porter just happened to walk past something he thought may be of interest to someone out in the great, big rally world of rally fandom. So, he pulled out his phone, took a few shots, and posted them on social media for the rally-hungry eyes of the world, ready for Rally Germany to start and (already) scanning for updates, to enjoy. What he saw were matching bags, labeled “SUIT”, outside the hotel room doors of the Volkswagen squad. The contents of these bags of which may seem pretty straightforward. But, is it (really)?
That is where we come in. Because, we (ultra-distant satellite WRC media, quasi-professional WRC analysts, and general lovers of WRC photos) have reason to believe that VW have a plan. A plan that no one (else) thought to come up with. A plan that no one would ever expect. A plan that pays homage to German culture at their home rally. A plan with numbers to back it up and rain contingencies. A plan, packed with a Polo punch, that looks like this:
Now, who will turn their t-shirt into a fetching, undeniably manly, crop top is beyond us. But, what we do know is that Team V-Dub has moves never before seen in the vineyards of the Mosel Valley (while sober, at least). And, that, among the three Polo R WRC pilots, Cookies & Gold Stars’ favorite porcelain doll, Jerry Matt Latvala (FIN), seems a blindingly bright star as a frontrunner for “Vanilli” (yes, we are aware the duo were Rob and Fab; but, are you aware of what site you are reading?).
Oh, girl, you know it’s true!
(We hope all the giggly VW girlfans out there, reading this by mistake after reaching their 200th page of search engine results while “researching” their favorite driver, enjoyed our choice of song within this context. We aim to please. Little token prizes for all who waded through our deeply shallow content, if you will.)