Ratdat.com originally came about through my passion for old Datsuns and because, at the time of it’s creation, there were precious few resources online in the UK dealing with the marque. I was never really sure how to go about creating the site or what I really wanted to do with it so it’s been through a few changes, especially in the early years but I think I have now found the style that fits and hopefully Ratdat.com will be around for a good few years yet. The focus has shifted a little since the site was first created and rather than aiming to be a resource for Datsun enthusiasts, it now reflects my broader interests in other cars, most notably old Renaults. I also collect all manner of autobilia, old sales brochures, magazines, toy cars and model kits, all of which will make their way onto the site in time. Hopefully like minded enthusiasts will find something enjoyable here!
I was something of a late starter when it came to computers. My first was a Dragon 32 which I had in about 1983. Then there was a bit of a gap until I had another… until about 1999 to be exact. Things had changed a bit in the computing world! But I’m a fast learner and within a year I was online and dabbling in HTML. And thus Ratdat.com was born on the 2nd May 2000. Why Ratdat? It was the first screen name that came into my head when I was first online… a combination of the first three letters of my surname, and of course my passion for Datsuns