MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// JUST A REMINDER: THAT FORD VIDEO THAT WAS SEEN CAN NEVER BE UNSEEN (AS LONG AS SHARING IS CARING), GERMANY 2012 /// 20.8.2014…

We have been bringing this Ford World Rally Team preview video (featuring the fine acting and production skills of driver Petter Solberg-NOR, co-driver Chris Patterson-GBR, driver Jari-Matti "Jerry Matt" Latvala-FIN, and co-driver Miikka Anttila-FIN) up since it graced YouTube with its presence as ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2012 kicked off......And, we have no intention of ever stopping.(You … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// JUST A REMINDER: THAT FORD VIDEO THAT WAS SEEN CAN NEVER BE UNSEEN (AS LONG AS SHARING IS CARING), GERMANY 2012 /// 20.8.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// IT’S KIMI O’CLOCK: RÄIKKÖNEN SCORES HIS FIRST WRC STAGE WIN, GERMANY 2010 /// 20.8.2014…

The transition from Formula 1 star to World Rally Championship competitor was not, exactly, a smooth one for Kimi Räikkönen (FIN).  Though the Finn had experience in amateur rallying and a love for the sport, adapting to driving a WRC-class car while relying on a team dynamic to get from Point A to Point B, … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// IT’S KIMI O’CLOCK: RÄIKKÖNEN SCORES HIS FIRST WRC STAGE WIN, GERMANY 2010 /// 20.8.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// HEY, WE KNOW THAT GUY: HOW AN UNEXPECTED PHOTO OF LATVALA MADE US QUESTION OUR EYES & BRAINS /// 9.7.2014…

Stock photos are something one never (really) puts much thought into. They are inserted into articles to emphasize a point, humanize a story, or (simply) draw attention to a piece.  In the world of humorist publishing, extraordinarily weird and unfortunate shots are used to to get more laughs, to further the pleasure experienced by reading … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// HEY, WE KNOW THAT GUY: HOW AN UNEXPECTED PHOTO OF LATVALA MADE US QUESTION OUR EYES & BRAINS /// 9.7.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// DATING SERVICES, LIZARD TRACKING, & WHERE TO GO FOR SEXY TIMES: THE HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN GUIDE TO SARDINIA, SEX, & OTHER STUFF, ITALY 2011 /// 4.6.2014…

Of all the weird, wonderful, and weirdly wonderful videos Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen and (equally Finnish) co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen have unleashed on the world, this may just be their ultimate work.  Unlike the beautifully bizarre Citroën-era promotional pieces they put together (in 2012), this video is semi-raw footage, shot entirely by the duo (themselves).  No … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// DATING SERVICES, LIZARD TRACKING, & WHERE TO GO FOR SEXY TIMES: THE HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN GUIDE TO SARDINIA, SEX, & OTHER STUFF, ITALY 2011 /// 4.6.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// LOEB & LATVALA DEMONSTRATE A UNIVERSAL FACT: WHEN A HANDSHAKE GOES WEIRD, (OF COURSE) THERE WILL BE AN AUDIENCE, PORTUGAL 2011 /// 2.4.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// PHOTOLICIOUS FRIDAY /// FORE!!!: WHEN GOLF CARTS RECCE LISBON, SHENANIGANS WILL FOLLOW /// 28.3.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN GO TO PORTUGAL: THE PARTY BEFORE THE COMEDOWN, PORTUGAL 2012 /// 26.3.2014…

Mike and Jim Go to Portugal.  The second silly travelogue/World Rally Championship event promotional video made by (then) Citroën Total World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and (co-driver) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) stays true to the cinematic tradition demonstrating the feeling of great escape dives into the unknown in the most literal sense.  In the style … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN GO TO PORTUGAL: THE PARTY BEFORE THE COMEDOWN, PORTUGAL 2012 /// 26.3.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// TEST TIME: IF YOU THINK LATVALA & ANTTILA’S 2009 RALLY DE PORTUGAL CRASH WAS COOL, YOU MAY JUST BE A TERRIBLE PERSON, A HAZARD ON THE ROAD & (PROBABLY) CAPABLE OF TORTURING SMALL ANIMALS & STRAIGHT-UP MURDER /// 19.3.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// LATVALA & ANTTILA: HOW YOU LIKE THEM NOW? /// 5.3.2014…

The first time we attempted World Rally Championship commentary was during Wales Rally GB 2011 (via Twitter).  Which Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/Miikka Anttila-FIN/Ford WRC) won.  The first rally we wrote full daily commentary for was Rally Sweden 2012.  Which Latvala and Anttila won.  To date, the last event we completed full commentary for (on time) was … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// LATVALA & ANTTILA: HOW YOU LIKE THEM NOW? /// 5.3.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// PHOTOLICIOUS FRIDAY /// FINLAND TAKES BRONZE AT SOCHI, LATVALA TAKES THIRD IN 2012 & 2013: DUDE, WE’VE (TOTALLY) GOT THIS ONE /// 28.2.2014…

And, as lifelong enthusiasts of California hockey... ...a fist-bump to you, Jer-Bear. (Yes, as always, life points to anyone who caught the Slap Shot reference.)

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// 40 & JUST GETTING STARTED: LOEB OFFERS SOME ADVICE TO COMPETITORS (& MAKES LATVALA LAUGH) /// 26.2.2014…

To all those who soil their precious, little panties in fear of hitting 30, just remember that Sébastien Loeb (FRA) appears to be just getting started.  At age 40.  From winning gold in his first go at rallycross at the 2012 Summer X Games to smashing records in his first time on Pikes Peak (in … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// 40 & JUST GETTING STARTED: LOEB OFFERS SOME ADVICE TO COMPETITORS (& MAKES LATVALA LAUGH) /// 26.2.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// INDY ROCK: REMEMBER WHEN HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN CHOSE WISELY? /// 22.1.2014…

Remember that time Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen and his equally Finnish co-driver, Jarmo Lehtinen, chose wisely?  Okay, the  notoriously reliable M-Sport duo tends to choose wisely most of the time.  Well, when competing in the World Rally Championship (at least).  But, there was one non-rally moment that truly stands out as a prime example of … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// INDY ROCK: REMEMBER WHEN HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN CHOSE WISELY? /// 22.1.2014…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// PHOTOLICIOUS FRIDAY /// FLASHBACK: LATVALA & ANTTILA DEMONSTRATE THE HIGH COST OF PRIME PARKING…

Okay.  Think back to 2012.  Rallye Monte-Carlo, to be specific.  Remember when Jerry Matt Latvala (FIN) and Miikka "Minni's Dad" Anttila (FIN) sacrificed season-opener glory for (what they perceived to be) a prime parking spot?  If there were prizes for 'Best Parking Job' or 'Most Imaginative', they (totally) would have won.  Unfortunately, those honors do … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// PHOTOLICIOUS FRIDAY /// FLASHBACK: LATVALA & ANTTILA DEMONSTRATE THE HIGH COST OF PRIME PARKING…

MOTORSPORT /// SEQUENTIAL DREAMS /// DUVAL, NEUVILLE, WAFFLES & LOIX…

So I started off with the idea that this would be called "The Ghost of Belgium's (Rallying) Past", but on the weekend Duval and Loix both fronted up for a blast in the Belgium Rally Championship and both were having a decent go and battling for the lead before typical JCW Mini WRC issues struck … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// SEQUENTIAL DREAMS /// DUVAL, NEUVILLE, WAFFLES & LOIX…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// 2013 RALLY ARGENTINA (1.5.2013-4.5.2013) /// A PREVIEW…

2 0 1 3   R A L L Y   A R G E N T I N A [ 1   M A Y   2 0 1 3   -   4   M A Y   2 0 1 3 ] Welcome back to America, World Rally Championship!  The South American … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// 2013 RALLY ARGENTINA (1.5.2013-4.5.2013) /// A PREVIEW…

MOTORSPORT /// SEQUENTIAL DREAMS /// VW’s JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU…

The man that was voted as most desired to be seen in the British and Finnish versions of Playgirl, is this year pretty much on par with Inessa Tushkanova. As much as everyone loves Jerry Matt, especially the ladies it seems, he hasn't been performing as his hype would suggest. So, time for a little … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// SEQUENTIAL DREAMS /// VW’s JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU…

MOTORSPORT /// SEQUENTIAL DREAMS /// WHAT HAPPENS IN PORTUGAL STAYS IN PORTUGAL…

So Vodafone Rally de Portugal is just about to start and Mikko believes he's still in the title hunt; Oh the mind boggles with that kid. Whom I am backing, well, I don't think we'll see too much difference from Mexico really, similar terrain and all, some of it will come down to luck. Ogier … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// SEQUENTIAL DREAMS /// WHAT HAPPENS IN PORTUGAL STAYS IN PORTUGAL…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JERRY MATT (3.4.1985): VOL. 2…

In 2012, we were inspired to dedicate a very special birthday greeting to World Rally Championship driver Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) after catching "Jari-Matti Latvala looking awkward" pop up under search terms used to find our site.  In 2013, we have decided to make celebrating Herra Latvala's birthday with awkward photos an annual tradition.  Think of … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JERRY MATT (3.4.1985): VOL. 2…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// 2013 RALLY SWEDEN (7.2.2013-10.2.2013) /// JERRY MATT & THE PETTER: PLATONIC LOVE IN A NORTHERN TOWN…

2 0 1 3   R A L L Y   S W E D E N [ 7   F E B R U A R Y   2 0 1 3   -   1 0   F E B R U A R Y   2 0 1 3 ] Like that … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// 2013 RALLY SWEDEN (7.2.2013-10.2.2013) /// JERRY MATT & THE PETTER: PLATONIC LOVE IN A NORTHERN TOWN…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// 2013 RALLYE MONTE-CARLO (15.1.2013-20.1.2013) /// WRC STARS MAKING THINKING COOL…

2 0 1 3   R A L L Y E   M O N T E – C A R L O [ 1 5   J A N U A R Y   2 0 1 3   -   2 0   J A N U A R Y   2 0 … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// 2013 RALLYE MONTE-CARLO (15.1.2013-20.1.2013) /// WRC STARS MAKING THINKING COOL…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// THE RETURN OF “SICK, SAD JERRY MATT”?…

As the holiday season came around in 2012, new Volkswagen Motorsport acquisition Jerry Matt Latvala (FIN/Miikka "Minni's Dad" Anttila-FIN) shared two video updates with the universe.  The first one was a holiday greeting, made obvious by the Finn, standing in front of very (typically) Nordic-looking Christmas tree, but made less obvious by the lengthy status … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// THE RETURN OF “SICK, SAD JERRY MATT”?…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// THE VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT LOVE CATCHES A BUG IN MONTE-CARLO…

Just hours after collecting a third-place trophy at the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile Prize Giving Gala for the Driver's Championship, World Rally Championship driver Jerry Matt Latvala (FIN), alongside co-driver Miikka "Minni's Dad" Anttila (FIN), was in Monaco.  Why on earth would anyone do that to themselves?  In this case, the self-abuse was for the … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// THE VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT LOVE CATCHES A BUG IN MONTE-CARLO…

MOTORSPORT /// FIA PROM NIGHT 2012 (7.12.2012) /// AND THE COOKIES & GOLD STARS GO TO…

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA, the overlord of most international motorsport organizations) hosted their annual Prize Giving Gala night on 7 December 2012, honouring the best in driving over the past year and capturing some eyebrow-raising photographs through the night.  As night fell on the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul - not Constantinople (now, it … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// FIA PROM NIGHT 2012 (7.12.2012) /// AND THE COOKIES & GOLD STARS GO TO…

MOTORSPORT… wrc 2012: and the cookies & gold stars go to (the naughty list)…

According to Dutch legend, Saint Nicholas handles the 'nice' list, whilst pawning the 'naughty' list off on his peon, Black Peter (Zwarte Piet).  Yes.  Go figure.  Anyway...  To celebrate the holiday season, the end of the 2012 World Rally Championship season, and the (fast approaching) beginning of the 2013 season, Cookies & Gold Stars opened … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… wrc 2012: and the cookies & gold stars go to (the naughty list)…

MOTORSPORT… wrc 2012: and the cookies & gold stars go to (the nice list)…

Usually, when Cookies & Gold Stars compiles a list of favourite moments, it is a celebration of snark.  Rather than point out the (actual) highlights, we (not unlike chimps, grooming one another) tend to pick out the most ridiculous moments and absurd details.  Then, we offer our interpretation of the situations and (in our inevitable … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… wrc 2012: and the cookies & gold stars go to (the nice list)…

MOTORSPORT… miikka anttila, we dub thee…

Since launching the nickname "Jerry Matt" into the atmosphere in an affectionate reference to World Rally Championship driver Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/Volkswagen), we have received (literally) several questions, wondering who else might be on our nickname hit list (and even providing some suggestions - thank you?).  At the very top of this list sits one very … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… miikka anttila, we dub thee…

MOTORSPORT… crash test jerry matt: the continuing mexican misadventures (apologies & congratulations)…

Last week, whilst running tests with Volkswagen Motorsport, driver Jerry Matt Latvala (FIN) and co-driver Miikka Anttila (FIN) were involved in their second crash in Mexico of 2012.  The first crash occurred during Rally Guanajuato Mexico (8-11 March), when an attempt to avoid a perceived impending accident on a visually distorted stretch of Stage 22 … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… crash test jerry matt: the continuing mexican misadventures (apologies & congratulations)…

MOTORSPORT… solberg to take gap year, begins career as professional ‘telephone’ instigator…

Petter Solberg is retiring?  The guy who just dispelled rumours that he was retiring?  The Energizer Bunny of the WRC?  Yeah...OK. What you have just read is a summary of the Cookies & Gold Stars (immediate) reaction to news that World Rally Championship darling Petter Solberg (NOR/co-driver Chris Patterson-GBR) would be ending his 15-year career in the World … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… solberg to take gap year, begins career as professional ‘telephone’ instigator…

ICON… happy birthday, petter solberg (18.11.1974)…

Petter "The Petter" Solberg.  The ultimate Viking of the World Rally Championship.  A man who may not be able to identify an iron or ironing board, but can identify a flatiron (knowledge which may be credited to super Swede wife, Pernilla).  Through ups and downs, wins and kangaroo hits, the passionate Norwegian maintains threat status, … Continue reading ICON… happy birthday, petter solberg (18.11.1974)…

MOTORSPORT… sordo returned to sender, unfortunate dancing ensues…

After two-ish years with MINI, working under various names, through partial schedules, and attempting to develop a John Cooper Works car ready for World Rally Championship competition, Dani Sordo (ESP/co-driver Carlos del Barrio-ESP) is heading back to Citroën.  Under the light of the partial schedule of lead driver Sébastien Loeb (FRA/co-driver Daniel Elena-MCO) as he … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… sordo returned to sender, unfortunate dancing ensues…

MOTORSPORT… 2012 rallyracc-rally de españa (8.11.2012-11.11.2012): a preview…

R A L L Y R A C C   -   R A L L Y   D E   E S P A Ñ A [ 8   N O V E M B E R   2 0 1 2   -   1 1   N O V E M B … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… 2012 rallyracc-rally de españa (8.11.2012-11.11.2012): a preview…

MOTORSPORT… 2012 global rallycross championship final, las vegas (30.10.2012): unwanted commentary…

2 0 1 2   G L O B A L   R A L L Y C R O S S   C H A M P I O N S H I P S E M A ,   L A S   V E G A S ,   N E V … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… 2012 global rallycross championship final, las vegas (30.10.2012): unwanted commentary…

MOTORSPORT… 2012 rally italia sardegna (18.10.2012-21.10.2012): day 3…

2 0 1 2   R A L L Y   I T A L I A   S A R D E G N A 1 8   O C T O B E R   2 0 1 2   –   2 1   O C T O B E R   … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… 2012 rally italia sardegna (18.10.2012-21.10.2012): day 3…

MOTORSPORT… 2012 rally italia sardegna (18.10.2012-21.10.2012): day 2…

2 0 1 2   R A L L Y   I T A L I A   S A R D E G N A 1 8   O C T O B E R   2 0 1 2   –   2 1   O C T O B E R   … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… 2012 rally italia sardegna (18.10.2012-21.10.2012): day 2…

MOTORSPORT… 2012 rally italia sardegna (18.10.2012-21.10.2012): day 1…

2 0 1 2   R A L L Y   I T A L I A   S A R D E G N A 1 8   O C T O B E R   2 0 1 2   –   2 1   O C T O B E R   … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… 2012 rally italia sardegna (18.10.2012-21.10.2012): day 1…