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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 ten issues can be downloaded hereAll the articles from all the previous magazines are on this website.  For non-computerised folks, printed copies are available at £1.50 per edition; we can accommodate mail order too at £2.40 for single edition or £9.60 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 Norfolk Broads 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?

The July 2020 edition is available now on our Downloads Page.

Well, we managed—though only just—to get the July edition of the magaizine out in July.  Our original deadline was to publish at the Peninsularis Run, but the COVID-19 restrictions put paid to that—the run was cancelled.  While there’s nothing like the removal of a deadline to make a job take longer, there was an additional factor.  During ‘lockdown’ we’ve both been twice as busy as normal.  Everyone must have taken the opportunity to get on with some of those projects they’ve always been meaning to do.  Consequently, both parts orders to Danny at Mopedland and requests for dating certificates to Andrew at the EACC saw a huge increase.  It all resulted in the magazine taking longer than normal…

Main feature: Going to the Go-Go

Go-Go and Starglo

This company was established in 1904, then started producing bicycles fitted with Mosquito cyclemotors in 1950, and selling their first Bilonet moped to their home market in 1951.  It was 1973 before their first moped was sold in the UK.  Now it’s ‘Time to GoGo’.

First Support feature: The Monkey King

You’ve seen various monkey bikes, but you’ve probably never seen a monkey bike like this one, because it was a model never sold in the UK.  ‘It’s not for you’, said Mr Honda—but that doesn’t stop us accessing one…

Seconnd Support feature: Slowly going Mad

Sachs comes back in ‘A Blast from the Past’, but how many of the new generation riders even recognise the history of its name?  Perhaps Sachs is making a new name for itself in this striking new modern design?  But is it still the same German Fichtel & Sachs of days gone by? Actually, is it even still made in Germany?

What’s Next?

The next magazine was scheduled for publication at the Norfolk Broads Run, but that run’s been cancelled (because the village hall starting point won’t be open).  Some time in October is our best estimate for the next issue.

Next Main Feature: Quickly moving on to our next feature, this German manufacturer … Oh, you’ve guessed it already!

Next Support: We test a ‘Band of Three’ Italian cyclemotors.  Not the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly … more like the Good, the Exotic, and the Beautiful.

Next Second Support: ‘The Flying Banana’ … What?  You’d like another clue?  OK, it’s a yellow sports moped.
Ahh, that one!
See, it’s all coming back now … ?

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

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, Beretta–Mosquito, Bianchi Aquilmotor, 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, Gloria–Alpino, Hercules Her-cu-motor, Honda Gyro Canopy, Honda Model A, Honda CD50, Honda SS50, Itom Tourist, 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: Sponsor an articleEnter a free advertSubmit an article yourselfWrite a letter to usPropose a machine for featureOffer your machine for test feature

News

Delay

July 2020

It’s looking as if our next issue—scheduled for 5 July—may be a little late.  Somewhat perversly, the COVID-19 restrictions have meant that both of us (Mark and Andrew) are far busier that we’ve ever been before.  We assume that in the lockdown many of you have decided to work on some of the projects that have been waiting for you to have the time to do them.  The result is that Mark at Mopedland and Andrew at the EACC have record amounts of work to do.  Also, the cancellation of the Peninsularis Run means that the original deadline is not quite as pressing as it once was—and there’nothing like the removal of a deadline to make a job take longer!  Nevertheless, we still expect to have the next magazine ready some time in July.

DVLA restrictions

July 2020

Coronavirus

Some DVLA staff are back at work, so the restriction on sending post has been lifted.  The need for ‘social distancing’ means there are fewer staff, so be prepared for things to take a litlle longer than normal.  You can check on DVLA’s restrictions at: www.gov.uk/guidance/dvla-coronavirus-covid-19-update.

Most county record offices, however, are still closed—although many have arrangements for responding to e-mail enquiries..

DVLA restrictions

April 2020

Coronavirus

During the COVID-19 restrictions, DVLA is effectively ‘on-line only’, which is fine for normal tax renewals, etc.  However, it does mean that V765s and age-related registrations have come to a halt because these have to be done using old-fashioned paperwork.  As far as the various motor cycle clubs are concerned, most seem to be doing dating certificates as normal; it's just that DVLA doesn’t want you to send the applications in until ‘the coast is clear’.  You can check on DVLA’s restrictions at: www.gov.uk/guidance/dvla-coronavirus-covid-19-update.  With V765s, some clubs are refusing to accept them altogether, others will reluctantly take them but won’t be sending them on to DVLA until it’s OK.

Another factor affecting V765 applications is the closure of all the county record offices, which means that, for the time being, there will be no access to registration archives to get evidence for a V765 application.

MoTs extended

April 2020

Coronavirus

As part of the government’s measures against Coronavirus, MoTs due from 30 March 2020 will be extended.  A car, van or motor cycle’s MoT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020—but, as with MoT exempt vehicles, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.  The MoT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible; this will be done just before it’s due to expire.  Your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MoT.  There’s more information on the gov.uk website.

Mailing list

February 2020

Sorry—our plan to set up mailing list in time for the January issue of Iceni CAM Magazine didn’t go very well … or at all.  We’ll be trying again with the April issue and will be sticking with the idea that anyone who was signed-up to the old forum and had opted to receive ‘Individual e-mails’ or a ‘Daily digest’ will automatically be put on the list, while forum members who’d opted out from e-mails still won’t.


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