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Welcome to Lofty's Homepage

This site was launched on the 20th January 2004 (19 YEARS AGO)
during that period the pages have been viewed millions of times.

Simply click on the subject of your choice.

This site was started when having purchased my first used Mercedes-Benz 'A' Class (W168) I found great difficulty in locating any information on the car, what I did find was not complete or not sufficiently detailed to guide me through the procedures that were needed to undertake even the smallest of tasks even the manufacturers handbook missed out vital information.
This would make DIY servicing very difficult as there were few photographs in the public domain, and although there is now a Haynes 'A' W168 manual I'm reliably informed by many readers that it is not comprehensive and is uninteresting in content.
Being interested in all things mechanical I have always serviced my own and family cars, not to be able to continue this interest would be like cutting off my right hand and I would finish up with loads of useless tools and equipment and so I set to and we arrived at this web site today today known to many on the Web as 'Lofty's Homepage' I trust that you will find it interesting and detailed enough for your purposes, if not purchase my DVD which has loads of more detailed information on it.
There are now masses of photographs, all relating to the Mercedes-Benz 'A' Class, and well over 100 pages of information relating to various components, procedures and parts of the 'A' Class
In addition you will find other sections about other hobbies and interests including a section on the later W169 (2009) 'A' class which you are of course welcome to visit. There are sections on Our trips to Scotland, Home Wine Making, Orchids, and photographs of our trip to Canada & Alaska, as well as a NEW section on Solar Energy both Solar Thermal and Solar photovoltaic.
Automobiles and Wine do not go well together, although they are both worthwhile hobbies, saving you as well as giving you great satisfaction.
The photographs of our trip to Canada & Scotland may just tip the scales in favour of you going, both wonderful Countries.
Oh and a page on my other love! ORCHIDS I hope you get as much pleasure looking at them as I do. Enjoy,
And now the latest addition to the site and the family The Kittens, a true story about two kittens written so that young children can read it themselves, which is added to from week to week.
There is nothing on this site that should offend children or adults.
Mercedes-Benz may not like what they read. Problems my readers have highlighted on their 'A' Class cars New and Old a number of which we have overcome, in the most efficient and cost effective manner, this has been achieved on the W168 and I see no reason why it should not also be the case with the W169.

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John o Groats to Lands End, in an open Dennis Fire Appliance quite a Journey!
Fire appliance on loan from Edinburgh Fire Brigade Museum.
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