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 /// NO SLUG BUG: FLYING WITH MIKKELSEN & FLØENE, GERMANY 2012 /// 20.8.2014…

Let us hop into our Not-So-Way-Back Machine and flash back to 2012 for a moment.  Before Rally the World.  Before domination.  Before World Championships.  Before the Polo R WRC.  Before Volkswagen Motorsport as we know it today. For those who are new to the World Rally Championship or failed to notice Volkswagen until you couldn't … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// NO SLUG BUG: FLYING WITH MIKKELSEN & FLØENE, GERMANY 2012 /// 20.8.2014…

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 /// THE FROSTY FACEPLANT THAT SHOOK THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP: WHEN HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN WENT TO MEXICO, 2012 /// 5.3.2014…

A frosty faceplant with a Finnish curse, a very long walk, a roadside strip show (of sorts), a couple sombreros, a large Finnish man in a poncho and goggles, and one very well loved (and decorated) Dodge pickup.  And, the World Rally Championship never looked back.  Always eager to prove that blondes (truly) do have … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// THE FROSTY FACEPLANT THAT SHOOK THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP: WHEN HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN WENT TO MEXICO, 2012 /// 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 /// PHOTOLICIOUS FRIDAY /// 2014 SOCHI OLYMPICS, MEN’S HOCKEY SEMIFINALS: LEHTONEN’S TVÅ KRONOR CAUSE AN UNEXPECTED FLASHBACK /// 21.2.2014…

(gold stars to anyone who caught the hockey movie references and made the "north star" connections.)

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// HEY, LET’S ALL WATCH ‘I AM ANDREAS MIKKELSEN’ TOGETHER (FOOTIE JAMMIES OPTIONAL)/// 22.1.2014…

Alright.  Pull in the squeaky media trolley, close the industrial blinds, pass around the paper towels and popcorn, and switch off the lights.  It's movie time, kids! This time, we will be taking a look at Mr Blue and White Steel, himself, Volkswagen Motorsport pilot Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), following the tracks he has left behind … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// WRC WEDNESDAY /// HEY, LET’S ALL WATCH ‘I AM ANDREAS MIKKELSEN’ TOGETHER (FOOTIE JAMMIES OPTIONAL)/// 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 /// WRC /// PHOTOLICIOUS FRIDAY /// FLASHBACK: COOK LASHES OUT AT MONTE-CARLO…

Three things every good girly girl knows (or, should know): 1 - The wonders of accessorizing. 2 - The power of flirty lashes. 3 - The importance of staying true to your girly self in a boys' club. Armed with (only) two-wheel-drive, indie darling Louise Cook (GBR) did what many equipped with factory-backed four-wheel-drive machines … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// PHOTOLICIOUS FRIDAY /// FLASHBACK: COOK LASHES OUT AT MONTE-CARLO…

MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// QUESTION: IS THERE WRC COVERAGE IN THE US?…

Q: Is there World Rally Championship coverage in the United States? A: Yes, yes there is.  You have to do a little spelunking in your channel listings and pay close attention, or you might miss it.  But, it is (most definitely) there. After (nearly) a decade away, SPEED TV brought WRC coverage back to American … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// QUESTION: IS THERE WRC COVERAGE IN THE US?…

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 /// 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 RALLYE MONTE-CARLO (15.1.2013-20.1.2013) /// HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN PROVIDE ANOTHER LESSON IN PREPAREDNESS…

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) /// HIRVONEN & LEHTINEN PROVIDE ANOTHER LESSON IN PREPAREDNESS…

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 /// RED, WHITE, AND A BRIGHTER BLUE: LATVALA RINGS IN 2013 WITH LESS CLANGING…

Just before Christmas (2012), World Rally Championship driver Jerry Matt Latvala (FIN/Volkswagen) sent out a little holiday greeting from Finland, to the world, through the (not so magical, but quite convenient and viciously addictive) magic that is YouTube.  We think.  It was titled, "Merry Christmas from Jari-Matti".  But, there was a lot of (highly detailed) … Continue reading MOTORSPORT /// WRC /// RED, WHITE, AND A BRIGHTER BLUE: LATVALA RINGS IN 2013 WITH LESS CLANGING…

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… latvala to learn new name: cookies & gold stars busted by jerry matt…

After dedicating an absurd amount of our inaugural season of World Rally Championship commentary to taunting, poking, and even renaming Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/co-driver Miikka Anttila-FIN) in utter certainty that we would never appear as so much as a micro blip on Jerry Matt's radar, we have been busted. Well, kind of. After noticing an abnormally … Continue reading MOTORSPORT… latvala to learn new name: cookies & gold stars busted by jerry matt…

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): hirvonen & lehtinen – now with more bull…

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): hirvonen & lehtinen – now with more bull…

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 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…

ICON… happy birthday, kimi räikkönen (17.10.1979)…

Formula 1 anti-darling Kimi Räikkönen has a past in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a future assembling puzzles with and racing personal mobility scooters against favourite badminton opponent/fellow F1 star Sebastian Vettel.  Famous for his short answers and shameless honesty, Kimi of Espoo has provided Top Gear with one … Continue reading ICON… happy birthday, kimi räikkönen (17.10.1979)…