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Introduction

This is the home of the Iceni CAM Magazine—a free e-magazine about Cyclemotors, Autocycles, Mopeds … and more.  It was launched on 15th April 2007 and the most recent four issues can be downloaded here.  (Copies of earlier back numbers are also available.)  For non-computerised folks, printed copies are available at £1.50 per edition; we can accommodate mail order too at £2.20 per single edition or £8.80 for a year’s subscription.

So what’s it about?

It’s an e-magazine all about cyclemotors, autocycles and mopeds that carries road test & feature articles, rally reports, free adverts and other assorted information.  Although we are an independent production, we have strong ties to the EACC and also to the New Zealand Cyclaid Register.

We are based in East Anglia, but are by no means limited to that area.  Much that appears in the magazine is of universal appeal.  We welcome contributions, whereever they are from, and are also happy to help to publicise any events for cyclemotors, autocycles and mopeds.

When’s it published?

We publish four times a year and the publication dates are synchronised with key events in the EACC calendar: the Radar Run, the Peninsularis Run, the Coprolite Run and the Mince Pie Run.  It’s purely an enthusiast production, and all produced on a tiny budget.  Nevertheless, we think you’ll be pretty impressed  The free downloadable version will be posted on this website on the same day as the printed version goes on sale.

All the issues of CAM Magazine that we’ve produced have been very well received.  Thank you all for your comments; they are much appreciated.  Several of you have also made donations, which has helped enormously in keeping Iceni CAM going.

What’s in it?

Here’s a bit of history…

Iceni CAM Webzine was launched in March 2007 with a pilot article called Popular Choice on the Dunkley Popular scooter.

The first Iceni CAM Magazine was produced in April 2007 featuring an article called Last Flight of the Eagle on the Coventry Eagle Auto-ette autocycle—and here we are in July 2019 at edition 50.

In the early days, people couldn’t get their heads round how we could even produce a free on-line webzine run on a shoestring by just modest voluntary donations; at the time it was a pretty original concept.  There were some thoughts that it couldn’t possibly last, but here we still are, over 12 years later, and Iceni CAM still goes out free on-line, with all free advertising, is picked up by enthusiasts across the world, and we receive feedback from people right across the globe.

Nobody was more surprised than us at the way this worked out, and many thanks to everyone for all their support, for making the impossible—possible!

Now back to business: the July 2019 edition is available now on our Downloads Page.

Main feature: Back to the Track

Like Track Day ’60s and its sequel Track Day ’70s, our third Track Day feature was another production credited to further Italian Sports-50s imported by Tim Adams of Suffolk Section EACC.

In this case the presentation only consisted of two machines, mainly because the Atala 112 Sport became a bit of an epic in itself.

Our Atala Sports-50 was a standard road bike, completely untried, and fresh in from Italy, but was already listed out for sale when it became briefly available to us for raising of a dating certificate.  So, not yet being UK registered, and with insufficient time to wait till the weekend to borrow our trade plates, the quickest solution seemed to be a session thrashing round the track.

Our first visit to the circuit however proved no more than an embarrassingly slow crawl around at 22mph for just a single lap, to the tone of an eerily quiet exhaust note, which hinted at the diagnosis of a completely carbon-blocked silencer.  Just three hours later, and following a cold burnout with an oxy-acetylene and air compressor stream to save blueing of the chrome, resulting in a clearer, louder, and lot lighter system, then back to the track, and our second run was rewarded with a paced 39mph all round.

Research into Atala’s history resulted in a varying compilation of assorted results from a number of different sources, so involved the usual filtering-down exercise to weed out the less likely elements, then collating the more likely facts into a chronology that made more sense.

The Atala was cleaned up, serviced, photo-shot, tested, fixed, and retested in just three days, so it could be returned in time for completion of its sale.  All a bit of a scramble, but well worthwhile for such an infrequent opportunity.

Atala Cesare Rizzato 112 Sport Cimatti S6

The Cimatti S6 took appreciably less effort to sort out, just a flush of the fuel system, clean out the carb, a bit of a rag-over for the photo-shoot, and prep for display on the EACC/IceniCAM stand at Copdock Show 2018.

Having only a side stand, a new raised display mount was fabricated for the show, on which the smart Cimatti looked absolutely great, contributing to our winning of ‘Best Club Stand’ (again), and adding to a pretty effective tally of trophies over the 15 years we’ve been competing at the event.

The Cimatti’s highly antisocial Marcello Collaro straight-though expansion exhaust system obviated any road test option on trade plates (unless you cared to risk arrest), so once again, it was Back to the Track, where the tweaked S6 rewarded our efforts with a creditable performance around the circuit, considering it was only fitted with a standard 12mm carb!

There seemed no point in repeating the Cimatti history, so recently published in Track Day ’70s in July 2017, so Track Day 3 was a wrap, and sponsored by Lindsay Neill of Wolverhampton EACC.

First Support feature: Into the Unknown

Moving on to our second feature for IceniCAM edition 50, the Audace Garelli Mosquito really took us ‘Into the Unknown’, because we couldn’t trace any references at all about the Italian makers of Audace cycles.  It was however an intriguing and original old cycle that told its history through forensic analysis.

The 38.5cc Garelli type-307 clip-on cyclemotor was one of the great old-timer miniature engines, with a cast-iron piston, not fast, but lovely to ride.

The Audace was a quality pre-war bicycle that had taken a lifetime to gracefully age, converted to motorisation in late 1949/early 1950, then soon further adapted for a more comfortable ride on strade bianche (white roads) by the addition of the Casalini Piacenza sprung fork set.

The cycle has taken some 80 years to grow into its character, and we really hope it manages to continue without any unnecessary cosmetic restoration resetting the clock.

Again, a unique machine that came to us thanks to Tim Adams, Suffolk Section EACC, with the article sponsored by Derek Langdon, Nottingham EACC.

Second Support feature: 0.2% Mystery Statistic

Our third ‘Oddball’ feature evolved from that ‘0.2% Mystery Statistic’ of bikes we couldn’t identify in the process of dating for registration, but that doesn’t mean they were the ones that ‘got away’, since cyclemotors can be registered by their make of clip-on engine, and dated from the engine serial.

The Ducati T2 Cucciolo engine was quite an early serial dated 1949, and seemingly not in the best mechanical order, because it didn’t run so well.  Despite the workshops adjusting the incredibly loose and rattley tappet clearances, the best we could achieve was just 26mph, so another Ducati Cucciolo that failed to live up to the legend.

The unidentified cycle frame really hadn’t benefited from the home-cooked conversion to adapt the rear frame to compression coil sprung suspension, which was way too soft.  Coupled with the worn and slack Errebi girder forks up front, and the seemingly exhausted brakes, the ride was utterly diabolical, but that’s how it came, straight from Italy, again thanks to Tim Adams.

Partnered in the article with an unknown framed 49cc Mosquito engine, was the first time we’d ridden a Garelli 38–B model and, being a later derivation of the 315 model, we probably expected more buzz from the motor, but instead found less drone!

We’ve previously run two BMG 315s, which both seemed to go better for the same capacity.

The unidentified frame was clearly built specifically to take a Mosquito engine, and it rode very well, the tele-forks and brakes all worked well, but the performance of the 38–B was frankly disappointing.  Its milder detuned 49cc with a smaller carburettor seemed more comparable to the original 38.5cc type 307, though even lacked the docile torque of the earlier motor.

Tim Adams scores a full set for our 50th edition, and supplied all five of the bikes that were featured in the issue, with the final article sponsorship credited to Keith Flood of Suffolk Section EACC.

What’s Next?

Next Main Feature: The old age of direct-drive cyclemotors is naturally being superseded by the new age of mopeds, with useful devices, like clutches … so wouldn’t it be most ideal if you could turn your existing cyclemotor engine design into a new moped with a clutch?

Next Support: Our support feature drifts into the confusing situation of an Austrian Puch made in Slovakia-what on earth is going on?

Next Second Support: The famous ‘oddball’ third feature throws up another mystery for the next edition.  This one’s really simple, Tomos were all made in Slovenia—weren’t they?

What else?

Well, there’s this Website … we’ve put a lot of useful information here, and we’re alwas adding to it.  We have a directory of useful people to know.  Information on local events and, after each run, we put photos of the event on this website.  There’s also a market place where you can buy and sell mopeds, autocycles, cyclemotors and other related items

We have a discussion forum on Yahoo—you can get to that from our Contacts page or the box at the top of this page.

Director’s Cut logo

As each edition of the magazine is published, we add to our collection of articles.  From Edition 3 of the magazine, we introduced another evolution.  Previously, features in the articles section had reflected what appeared in the magazine, but you may now discover a bit of extra content has crept into some items as they’ve transferred to the website—you might call it ‘The Directors Cut’.  The problem with printed magazines is editing everything to fit page sizes and space, and there can sometimes be bits you’d like to include, but they have to be left out to fit the available space.  The web articles don’t need to be constrained by the same limitations so, although the text will remain the same, the ‘Directors Cut’ graphic in the header indicates the item carries extra pictures and bits that didn’t make it to the magazine.

We also have an Information Service—if you want to know more about your moped, we can help.

What we do

Iceni CAM Magazine is committed to celebrating all that’s good about the Cyclemotor, Moped and Autocycle scene; researching toward the advancement of the pool of knowledge about cyclemotors, autocycles, old mopeds, and other oddities; and the publication of original material.  We are a declared non-profit making production, though we still need to fund everything somehow to keep the show on the road.

The magazine is free on line, and the nominal price of supplying hard copies to non-computerised folks is pitched only to cover printing and postage.  All advertising is free since we believe that the few people left out there providing parts & service for these obsolete machines do so as a hobby and an interest.  This involves far more effort than reward, and they should be appreciated for the assistance they provide.  Our Information Service is there to help anyone needing manuals to help with restoration of a machine.  We make a small charge for this but, again, we have set our prices so the just cover postage and material costs.  However, we are trying to make this free too!  We are setting up an on-line library where you can download manuals at no charge.

Overheads involve operation of the website, and particularly the generation of features.  Articles like Last Flight of the Eagle can cost as little as £20 to complete, while others have cost up to £150 to generate, eg: Top Cat on the Leopard Bobby.  With these overheads, you may be wondering how we get the money to keep it all going.  So do we!  But, somehow, it works, helped by a number of generous people who have sponsored articles or made donations to keep the show on the road.

How long does it take to research, produce, and get these feature articles to press?  Well, up to two years of preparatory research in some cases, where little is known about the machine or its makers, and where nothing has been published before.  Then, collating all the information and interviews, drafting and re-drafting the text, travel and photoshoots typically account for up to 40 to 50 hours to deliver the package to editing.

There are many examples where these articles have become the definitive reference material for previously unpublished machines like Mercury Mercette & Hermes, Leopard Bobby, Ostler Mini-Auto, Dunkley Whippet & Popular, Stella Minibike, Ambassador Moped, Elswick Hopper Lynx, and many others.

We’re committed to continuing to produce these articles, because we believe it needs to be done, and we’ve got a proven track record for achieving it.  Nobody else has done it in 50 odd years, so if we don’t do it—who will?

To whet your appetite for what’s ahead, here’s an updated list of machines with developing articles for future features: Ariel Pixie, Audace, Batavus Go-Go, Capriolo 75 Turismo Veloce, Cyc-Auto (Wallington Butt), Cyc-Auto (Villiers), Derbi Antorcha, Dot ViVi, Dunkley S65, Dunkley Whippet Super Sports, Elswick–Hopper VAP MIRA test prototype, Gilera RS50, Hercules Her-cu-motor, Honda Model A, Honda CD50, Honda SS50, James Comet 1F, MV Agusta Liberty, Norman Nippy Mark 2, Norman Nippy Mark 3, NVT Ranger, Powell Joybike, Rabeneick Binetta, Simson SR2E, Solifer Speed, Sun Autocycle, Sun Motorette, Vincent Firefly, Yamaha FS1-E.

The working list changes all the time as articles are completed and published, and further new machines become added—so as you see, there’s certainly no shortage of material.

Readers have probably noticed a number of the articles collecting sponsorship credits, and we’re very grateful for the donations people have made toward IceniCAM, which certainly assures we’re going forward into another year.  We don’t need a lot of money since IceniCAM is a declared non-profit making organisation, and operates on a shoestring (and we’d like to keep it that way)—run by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts.

It’s easy to sponsor an article by either picking a machine from the forward list, and we’ll attach your credit to it, or simply making a donation.  There is no fixed amount, it’s entirely up to you, and however large or small, we’re grateful for any contribution to keep the show on the road.

If a vehicle you’re interested in seeing an article about isn’t in the list, then let us know and we’ll see about trying to add it in the programme, but we do need access to examples—perhaps you have a machine you’d like to offer for a feature?

See the Contact Page for how to: Subscribe to the magazineChat to fellow readersMake a donationSponsor an articleEnter a free advertSubmit an article yourselfWrite a letter to usPropose a machine for featureOffer your machine for test feature

News

Autocycle auction

There will be several autocycles up for sale at the National Motor Cycle Museum on July 30th:

Hi there,

I’m not sure of this is of interest but…

These are some of my late father’s auto-cycles which are being auctioned on July 30th at the National Motorcycle museum.

Rudge autocycle New Hudson autocycle Bown autocycle

There is a suggestion from the auctioneer that they will be bought for their number plates which will then be removed.  I’m hoping if I tell some guys like you about it then maybe someone will buy them who wants to ride them and love them as my dad did 50 years ago!

Dad restored some of them but that was 50-odd years ago.  For the last 40 years they have been dry-stored, engines drained, up on blocks and generally put comfortably to bed.

https://online.handh.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/112/?page=2

Lots 90 - 97 may be of interest.


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