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Dinner with Rust Valley Restorers star offered as part of online auction

FILE PHOTO - Mike Hall, AKA the 'Rasta Blasta' at his property in Tappen.
December 03, 2020 - 6:30 AM

Fans of Rust Valley Restorers have the opportunity to join star Mike Hall for dinner and ask him their most burning questions.

Hall, also known as the Rasta Blasta, became a local celebrity back in 2017 when he tried to sell his five-acre parcel of land in Tappen. The catch? It was filled with more than 300 cars Hall had collected.

The attention also caught the eye of the History Channel and since 2018 he’s been the star of Rust Valley Restorers.

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The Bikers are Buddies Shuswap group is currently holding an online auction with proceeds going towards the non-profit and Hall is offering a dinner with himself as an auction item.

The group’s slogan is “be a buddy, not a bully.”

“As a child, I remember being bullied, I was six-foot-four and 160 pounds and I was pretty cheeky,” he said, adding that it’s a sad thing that people bully each other and he wanted to help out for a good cause.

Dinner with the Rasta Blasta starts at $100 and bids will continue until Dec. 9. The dinner is scheduled for Dec. 11 but can be rescheduled depending on the pandemic, organizers said.

Hall is currently filming for the Rust Valley Restorer’s third season, but COVID-19 has caused delays. He’s still hoping to sell the Tappen location and his cars.

“I’m 64 years old, since the show started it’s gotten worse, I’ve accumulated more cars,” Hall said. “Old cars is a pretty serious addiction… now that I’m kind of semi-famous so to speak, people call me up and ask if I want to buy their cars… I just don’t want to leave 500 cars for my wife and kids.”

Even though it’s been three years since he first became known, he looks in the mirror and sees himself as a rock scaler, which he did for 40 years — that's how he earned the name Rasta Blasta. He finds it odd when fans visit the Tappen property and get excited to meet him.

He hopes to be retired in the next 10 years and enjoy his other properties and farm.

“I realize I’m not going to be restoring properties when I’m 90,” he said.

Hall hopes for the fundraiser dinner that the auction winner sits far enough away so he can’t get their food, he joked.

For more information and to get involved in the auction, visit the non-profit’s Facebook page.


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