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since October 2001

Last updated
22nd December 2014
© J S Rastall

to you and a very warm welcome to Rastall.com, my little space on the Web! There’s plenty to look at here reflecting my range of interests and I hope you will find something that’s of interest to you too.

What’s new?

August 2014

I have bought another VW412! It’s an import from California and so is virtually rust-free, despite being over 40 years old. More details on My Cars page.

August 2012

I went to the VW Festival at Harewood House, Leeds, on 19th August. Pictures can be seen from my events page. I have also had the wheels blast-cleaned and powder-coated in silver and shod with new Michelin XZX tyres for my Variant project car.

I have included a little widget showing local Tide Times for today, I hope you like it.

July 2012

I went to Stanford Hall on 1st July, the show was delayed this year because of the exceptional weather. Pictures can be seen from my events page.

June 2012

After making slow progress, I have bought a rebuilt engine for my Variant project car. I also attended the Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Show, see my events page for more.

May 2012

A comical addition to my Curiosities page.

September 2011

I went to the Crich Beetle Drive again and you can see a selection of pictures from my events page.

August 2011

I went to the VW Festival at Harewood House near Leeds and you can see a selection of pictures from my events page.

June 2011

The big news for June 2011 is of moving my Variant project car to my new garage in Lincolnshire. I hired a flat-bed transporter, the weather was kind and the transit went well.

May 2011

I went to Stanford Hall on 1st May, this year included a special celebration marking 50 years since the introduction of the VW Type 3. Pictures can be seen from my events page.

February 2011

I’ve added a couple of prototype pictures on my 412 project pages.

January 2011

There’s a new link on my Railway interest page to an auction of the largest and most complete Tinplate O-gauge Train Collection in the world.

December 2010

I’ve added a seasonal picture on My Cars page and have added a new link on my Curiosties page.

November 2010

I recently came across a time-lapse video showing the replacement of a street tram junction in San Fransisco which is well worth watching. There is a link to it from my Railway interest page.

October 2010

On 30th October 2010 the first passenger train on the rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway arrived in Porthmadog. I have a link to a BBC News article about the event on my Railway interest page.

The experiment to compare data transfer rates using broadband and the traditional carrier pigeon has been repeated with predictable results. There’s a new link on my Curiosities page.

September 2010

After failing its MOT in February, my Beetle has awaited my attention for far too long. The impetus to get it sorted out was the realisation that the Crich Beetle Drive was coming up. You can see the results on my events page. Also from that page can be seen pictures from this year’s Kent Farm Fest and the Historic Volkswagen Club AGM at Swithland, Leicestershire. Whilst down in Kent, I also managed some work on my Variant.

July 2010

I’ve updated my Site info page with a revised paragraph about the types of browser you are using to view this site. I had been quoting industrial figures which may not have been so appropriate for you.

May 2010

Life seems to have been “on hold” whilst I’ve been trying to move house – despite all the positive talk (spin), the market is still very, very slow. In the meantime I’ve been laying plans and have written up my railway modelling interests. These pages can also be reached from my Railway interest page.

February 2010

I have added a new story on my Oopsie Daisy events page which you can find on my Curiosties page, and there’s an update on my thoughts on driving a classic car.

January 2010

I found another classic British Rail advert on YouTube and have added it to my Railway interest page.

December 2009

I added a little festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year.

November 2009

I have refurbished the pedal subframe for my Variant project.

September 2009

There is a new link on my Curiosities page on the relative speeds of ADSL and a carrier pigeon. I went to the Crich Tramway Village Beetle Drive on 6th September, pictures can be seen from my events page, and there’s a minor update on my Variant conversion project pages.

I added a YouTube clip of an old BR Ad on my Railway interest page.

June 2009

There are two new links on my General Interest page and I have written a new page on the environmental credentials of older cars.

May 2009

I went to Stanford Hall on 3rd May, pictures can be seen from my events page.

March 2009

I updated my Site Information page

January 2009

I added a couple of paragraphs on the engine rebuild on my Variant conversion project pages.

November 2008

I gave my site’s index a new look with the buttons on the left and I added a page of Oopsie Daisy events which you can find on my Curiosties page, and a page About me.

October 2008

I updated my Variant conversion project pages and Quantas is in trouble again – see my Curiosties Page.

September 2008

I went to a couple of events in September in my Beetle, its first outings for a long time, which was great fun. I have a new page leading to my pictures here and you can also get to this from My Cars.

August 2008

Quantas is in trouble again with their aeroplanes – click on Curiosities to read the latest.

July 2008

I added a new link under Curiosities about a long-lost Golf that caught my eye.

May 2008

I updated my car links page with a couple of new entries, plus a few minor tweaks. There is also news about Goldie!

April 2008

Following information received from one of my readers, I added a new page on Volkswagen’s development of a prototype Type 4 five-door Variant, the EA 240 Project. You can read about it on my Variant conversion project pages.

March 2008

I added a new page on electrics on my Variant conversion project pages. This sets out how I’m coping with all the extra accessories and additions. I also identified some errors in coding when I checked my pages in Apple’s Safari browser, which I have corrected.

February 2008

I had to replace my modem again. I therefore updated my page on modems and telephone lines.