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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?

The January 2018 edition is available now on our Downloads Page.

Main feature: The Twins

The idea for our Phillips Gadabout article came about when the workshops took the P45 Villiers 2-speed model in exchange for some work on a customer’s Mobylette during the early part of 2017.  At this point the P45 was in a rather sorry state and needed extensive work to the engine, carburettor, stand, front fork bushes, cables, wheels, and general cycle parts.  Within a couple of months it was returned to a practical and working machine again, and we’re ready to put the plan into action by matching the P45 and P50 models together with their identical black/cream colour schemes as: The Twins.

The featured P50 was the very same bike presented in The Gentleman's Club article way back in October 2001 (which can still be found on-line in The Moped Archive), and it’s nice to find this Gadabout De Luxe has remained in regular use since, still looks exactly the same, and still performs just as it did the last time we tried it 16 years ago.  We even thought about taking some pictures in exactly the same spot…

Both the P45 and P50 were road tested and photoshot on 4th May 2017, since when the P45 has been sold on by the workshop.

Article sponsorship was credited to Albert Evans, but we know nothing about him because he’s a mystery donor who’s been making monthly donations to IceniCAM by standing order.  We can only express our thanks, because this is how we keep running, still on the same shoestring budget that we did when we started some 11 years ago.

First Support feature: The bike that never was

Our Coventry Eagle Auto-Ette Trade Carrier became The Bike That Never Was, because Coventry Eagle never advertised or listed any trade carrier autocycles.  There’s no question that it’s a Coventry Eagle frame alright, but there’s really no explanation for this bike’s existence…

We actually road tested and photoshot this machine in July 2014, but with no factory background material to support the article, and due to the total lack of any known history other than the frame serial number dating from 1940, we had little idea at the time how we might present it.

The only thing to do was leave the road test and photoshoot in the can, and see if another bike or an idea might turn up.

There was a forlorn hope that maybe other suitable trade carrier machines might come along at some time so we could create another multi-bike auto-carrier article, but motorised carriers are very few and far between, so after three years waiting, maybe you finally conclude that ship might have sailed…

Then came the thought that another trade-carrier presentation might be possible on its own, provided it could be worked into a suitable story to expand the content and make a more interesting feature.  The concept developed as a possible return to the fiction-fantasy trade carrier world created by the original In the Trade presentation of October 2008 and, once the title was thought up, the rest of the article was written and developed around it.

The bike’s owner, Luke Booth at Hastings, has been campaigning the Coventry Eagle Carrier on the rally circuit for several years now, and puzzling a number of people along the way—the phrase ‘I didn’t know that Coventry Eagle made trade carrier autocycles’ has been heard a few times.

The reality is that auto-carriers are so rare, that very few people seeing one would have any knowledge about how unusual they really are, nor probably appreciate that Coventry Eagle never even listed one!

Sponsorship of The bike that never was was credited to Paul Laughlin of Suffolk Section EACC.

Second Support feature: Return of the Moped Army

Our original Moped Army article was presented in January 2015, and a follow-up started looking likely when we road tested and photoshot the ‘Elswick Warrior’ in July 2015 but, after that, all went quiet, and no more militarised bikes turned up for a couple of years.  Then in later 2017 there seemed to be a sudden rash of them!

With another three machines to add in 2017, Return of the Moped Army was now on the cards and, since none of the bikes was intended for road use, the article would naturally develop with a slightly off-road slant.  The Elswick, SIM ‘Iron Horse’ (road tested and photoshot in November 2017), and Puch Magnum-X (road tested and photoshot in November 2017), were all creations of Chris ‘Moped Doctor’ Day, and the Hanglong (road tested and photoshot in December 2017) by Neil Bowen of Walton Works Graphics.

The Elswick was easily the scariest machine to ride, because the flimsy cycle frame was clearly challenged by the power and speed of the 70cc Chinese cyclemotor engine, but the bike has subsequently survived use as on-site transport at several military vehicle events, so maybe it’s actually more robust than it felt?

The original SIM-50 (Speedway In Miniature) machines were built as children’s off-road bikes by Woodhouse–Cornish at Bradfield St George near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and constructed in several model forms, mainly with Anker–Laura engines, from 1974–86.  A small number of Mark 4 versions with Sachs automatic engines were made right at the end of production when stocks of the Anker–Laura motors had run out, but the Mark 4s delivered a notoriously rough ride with their rigid forks and rigid rear frame.  A side-by-side picture of the original Sachs Mark 4 and the Suffolk Iron Horse could provide some appreciation of how dramatically the bike has changed, and not least with fitment of its cast-iron lawnmower engine.  The bike cost very little to build because the conversion was completed from salvage left-overs, but obviously involved a fair amount of time, patience, and ingenuity.  If any readers might be further interested in the SIM history, see Round In Circles in the Articles section.

SIM Mk 4 & Iron Horse
A side-by-side picture of the original Sachs Mark 4 and the Suffolk Iron Horse
could provide some appreciation of how dramatically the bike has changed

While the ‘Iron Horse’ was constructed primarily for use as a novelty paddock bike at military vehicle shows, but the reality of a miniaturised military motor cycle with a low-power engine in a rigid frame and tiny wheels, might seem completely ridiculous for actual wartime use—next thing you know, someone might suggest putting one in drop-tube and chucking it out of an aeroplane with a parachute…

Maybe you noticed how these improvised army-style paddock bikes have to be given tough sounding names to fit in with the whole military image?

The Puch Magnum-X was one of Chris’s latest reconstructions from a total wreck of machine, again for his young son’s use off-road, and at military rallies as a paddock bike.  Although the Magnum will carry an adult, it’s physically too small to be practical for that, and load rated at 98kg/7st, it really is only suitable for children.

The market for children’s off-road mini-motor cycles in Britain was led by introduction of the SIM50 from October 1974 and, though the Puch Magnum-X also began sales in America during the same year, it was 1978 before the model came to the UK.

Its performance however was the surprise, 30mph+ might have been an unexpected turn of speed for this application?  The Puch clocked around 10mph faster than the SIM50, but in 1979 the price of a new Magnum-X was a staggering £277, representing quite a lot of money at the time, and probably not a cost that many parents could afford.

The Hanglong completed our set, for little other reason than it was desert-styled to fit in with the feature, but was included mainly out of interest to try a modern 50cc four-stroke overhead camshaft scooter motor.  We’d not actually ridden one before, and though Chris had been saying they were miserably dull, you still have to give them a try.

We've ridden a wide selection of 50cc four-strokes over the years, lots of various Hondas, Morini Corsarino's, Motom, Mercury Mercette, Dunkley Popular, and most were at least interesting.

Performance of the Hanglong GY6 motor was however quite disappointing, and the bike really was so tediously boring to ride.  The CVT monotonously maintains the engine at constant revs once the throttle is opened, so the exhaust tone barely changes as it crawls slowly up to its limited speed.  The crummy plastic scooter body then seals its fate, and it’s going to be another anonymous modern piece of soulless disposable nastiness that no one is ever going to want to preserve.  Nobody is ever going to be interested in one as a historic vehicle because it has no name, just a marketing brand with nothing to say, and when it goes to scrap, then you can buy a new restyled plastic scooter just the same.  Ugh!

Return of the Moped Army was kindly sponsored by Jeff Lacombe of the Leicester Enthusiasts.

What’s Next?

The East Anglian Cyclemotor Club has a CARD Run planned for the 28th July 2018 (Cyclemotor And Roller Drive), so our 45th IceniCAM Magazine is set to be exclusively a roller-drive cyclemotor edition, which hopefully may motivate a few people to sort out their bikes and attend.

Next Main Feature: This lead presentation has been several years in the planning, and there were times when we thought that the difficult logistics were getting away from us, and that it might never actually happen.  Presenting two rare and unusual Italian roller-drive cyclemotors in the same feature was never going to be easy, but against all odds, both road tests and photo-shoots have finally been completed.  Now it just comes down to the research and writing them up … but who knows anything about such ancient and obscure machines from the early 1950s, and where do we start?  Maybe a title that embodies the Mediterranean flavour we're looking for?  How about ‘Bicimotore’?

Next Support: Looking up, we see an empty rowing boat drifting slowly down the river, until it bumps into the bank just ahead of our spot, so we get up to investigate.  The boat is traditional clinker built, with a nameplate ‘Tailwind’, and its prow post trailing a tying-up rope into the water.  We hop aboard to pull in the sodden rope, which ends in a frayed break after several yards, but we turn to find the boat has already drifted away from the bank, and now we are caught by the current with no oars aboard.  There is no option but to drift on downstream with the flow.  Where will it carry us?

‘A Curious Experiment’ begins in the early pioneering days of cyclemotoring, to develop an engine like no other…

Next Second Support: Another cyclemotor, but you need to bee busy to get one of these, because you have to make it yourself—this one’s strictly a DIY model. 

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 3, Ariel Pixie, Batavus Go-Go, Busy Bee cyclemotor, Capriolo 75 Turismo Veloce, Ceccato Romeo, 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 cyclemotor, Heath mini-bike, Hercules Her-cu-motor, Honda CD50, Honda SS50, Honda Stream, James Comet 1F, Motobécane SP50, MV Agusta Liberty, Norman Nippy Mark 2, Norman Nippy Mark 3, NVT Ranger, Powell Joybike, Rabeneick Binetta, Sinclair–Goddard Power Pak Simson SR2E, Solifer Speed, Sun Autocycle, Sun Motorette, Teagle cyclemotor, Tailwind cyclemotor, Vincent Firefly, Yamaha FS1E.

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 ...


Bernard Soler-Thèbes

December 2017

We’ve just heard that Bernard Soler-Thèbes, the great sports Moped enthusiast, died at the beginning of December.  ‘BST’ as he was popularly known, was the author of several books on sports mopeds and also wrote many, many articles for thr French motor cycling press, not only on his specialist subject of sports mopeds, but also regular reports of runs and jumbles in the South of France. He had, in fact, been reporting on a motor cycle event only the weekend before his death.  Back in the mid-1990s, BST contributed several articles to the NACC’s magazine, Buzzing; at that time, he was the secretary of the club he founded: the Club Français du Cyclo Sport.

Allan Stewart

All the same

December 2017

I recently filmed a music video for my new song ‘All The Same’, inspired by mod music.  The video was professionally made with a film crew of four and features 23 mopeds.  I thought this may be of interest for an article for your magazine.  It was a combination of the Woodley Scooter Boys and Reading Comedy Mods out in action and the video acts as an excellent tour around Reading as an added bonus!
Here is the song and I have also attached some photos from the day.

Merry Christmas!
With very best wishes,
Allan Stewart

Mopedathon for Kidney Cancer UK

August 2017

Kidney Cancer UK is involved with a group of seven Superbikers from London who are taking on a personal challenge this August in memory of one of their fellow bikers who died from kidney cancer in 2016.  They are swapping their Superbikes for 50cc mopeds that they have renovated for the adventure, which will see them ride the coast roads from Lands End into London, taking roughly six days.  One of the members of the group, Silvio, lost his brother to kidney cancer last year so they are riding in his memory to raise funds and awareness of the disease.

The Mopedathon ‘Just Giving’ page is at

Moped owners wanted in Ipswich

July 2017

There is a 40th anniversary reunion for the class of ’77 from Copleston School, Ipswich and the organisers would like people to bring along a few 1970s’ period Puch Maxis and other sports mopeds to the event—the kind of ‘sixteener’ bikes they’d have been riding back in 1977.  The event is from 8pm on Saturday 15th July at the Conservative Club in Newton Road, Ipswich and will be raising money for St Elizabeth’s Hospice.  Please contact Mark Fosdike: if you can provide a bike for the evening.

Original Mobymatic badge
The original Mobylette badge,
which was plastic moulded, back
painted, and was held on by a
special M3×0.6mm pitch screw.

Mobymatic badges

January 2017

Mopedland has now generated NEW badges for For Mobylettes AV76, AV77, AV78, AV88, AV89, etc.

The original badge and special screw have not been available for some time.

It would not have been viable to remake badges by the original method, so they have been re-created by more practical modern means.  The new badges are made of two components: a bright nickel-plated metal diecast badge mount and a domed badge with self-adhesive backing so it can be stuck to the bright face of the badge mount.  The textured back of the badge mount can then be glued (with impact adhesive, Araldite/resin, or mastic) to the badge mounting point on the fuel tank; it engages in the correct position by the location pin on the back of the badge mount, which centres into the former screw hole.  The price will be £18 a pair (2 badge mounts @ £5 each + 2 domed badges @ £4 each).  The new tooling has produced prototype samples and the production badges are expected to be available for sale very soon.

Original Mobymatic badge
Left to right: the textured back of the badge mount with location pin,
the bright front face of the badge mount, the domed badge as supplied
on peelable backing, and the domed badge stuck onto the badge mount.

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