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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?

The July 2014 edition is available now on our Downloads Page.  Our moped ‘World Series’ has finally come full circle around the globe and our 30th edition of IceniCAM returns to France where the sequence started with edition 24, back in January 2013.  The series began with Mobylette AV78 mopeds, Peugeot vélomoteurs, and a VéloSoleX and, fittingly, concludes with more Mobylette models, a sequel to the Peugeot story, Automoto and a little related VAP background to complete the content.

Main feature

For us, the AV<42 actually started the Best of Three article off, since it was the first of the three bikes we tested, though when the article came together, the AV44 was presented first since that was the first of the three models released.  The AV42 was yet another of those machines ‘bought in’ for a feature.  An excellent and completely original example, genuine one-owner bike, and absolutely ideal for our road test needs.  Having previously been standing in dry storage for 18 years meant it required a fair degree of servicing and light repairs through our workshops, to sympathetically return the bike to good working order but without restoring its soul out.

Over just a couple of weeks the bike was completed in early March 2011, road tested, and photoshot; then notes were drafted and dropped in the can for a future feature.  With its job done and our needs completed, the AV42 became another surplus stock item on the IceniCAM conveyor belt; being particularly bought-in for a feature, it’s only destiny was to be sold on to make way for the next project.  Such a pity, because it was really nice example, and we would have loved to have kept it, but it’s easy to fall in love with so many bikes, and we must keep moving on.  Sadly, our AV42 was listed among the sale adverts in IceniCAM 17 and simultaneously posted on the IceniCAM website ‘Market’ ... and so, quickly, it was sold on.

An incidental chat with Hatfield-based Moby enthusiast Lindsay Neill resulted in his suggestion of a comparative Mobylette model feature, which seemed like a good idea, and his offer of an AV48 of the same period, that he would shortly expect to be completing.

We just wanted an AV44 now, to fill in the middle—Terry Smith to the rescue, with a really nice example from 1962, locally registered, and still running round its home town.  We tested this bike in the middle of June 2011, and really loved its docile character and old-fashioned look.

As it happened, Lindsay’s AV48 wasn’t so shortly completed, and we had to wait until February 2013 for an opportunity to get our hands on this machine, when it turned up at the workshops for mag-set work and attention to the fuel system.  Still, we figured it was worth the wait, since it meant we strangely managed to get three DX-series Ipswich registered machines together for our ‘Best of Three’ article.  Comparison of features on these machines was both technically interesting and particularly surprising in establishing that internal and external type HT coil systems were being simultaneously employed on various machines for several years, and there really doesn’t appear to have been any decisive switch over from one type of ignition system to the other.  AV44 owner, Terry Smith of our own Suffolk Section EACC, so much wanted to see the article produced that he made a donation to sponsor the feature, however this probably proved a longer wait than expected due to the delay in getting the AV48, then being locked into the World series sequence until we might ‘return to France’ again at the appropriate moment.

Support feature

Our Peugeot sequel feature technically started with a road test and photoshoot on Jim Stuttard’s BB1T in May 2012 … which was actually before the first Peugeot vélomoteur French Lessons feature went out on the Mince Pie Run edition over winter 2012-13!  The BB1T was one of those opportunist tests as the bike came through the workshops for general work to get it running, then subsequent registration via the EACC/IceniCAM dating services.  Though the exact same model was sold into the UK in 1959, our feature machine was actually a French-market import that apparently had experienced some wear-and-tear, then been messed about by some less-than-competent cosmetic restorer.  The workshops sorted it out and got the motor running again, probably for the first time in quite a while.

Having subsequently run the moped on several EACC club events, Jim reports the engine to have ‘bedded-in’ a little better now, and to be pulling a little stronger following its return to use.

As our ‘Moped World Series’ sequence returned to Europe, we started developing a forward plan for a ‘Return to France’ edition, and a ‘Peugeot sequel’ idea began to hatch to double up the archived BB1T road test with Neil Bowen’s Vivacity scooter that dated exactly 40 years on from the Peugeot moped.  Having established an intention to test the ‘Viv’ after the Radar Run in April 2014, the plan was thrown into disarray by Neil seizing up the motor on the way home!  The expensive Italian Nikasil Polini alloy cylinder kit was wiped out, to be replaced by a cheapo eastern block ‘Polandski’ cast iron cylinder kit that still seemed partial to nipping up, so we had to be cautious on the test.  Because of the motor problems, our road run was only just completed over the last week ending 22nd June, and text barely finished just the day before Danny flew out to Iceland on holiday—which is what you call a very definite editorial deadline!  Another edition taken right down to wire, and another close shave… Considering the compressed time period to complete the Time Ticks On article, it seemed to work out far better than we ever expected, with a dramatic contrast of the featured machines, but good balance to conclude the Peugeot sequel with what finally became a well-rounded compilation.  Jeff Lacombe rings up yet another sponsorship credit for The Leicester Enthusiasts group.

Automoto poster

Second Support feature

Cloverleaf was an incidental and stand-alone article that came about as a result of our ongoing New Zealand connections.  Not only do we maintain communications with quite a number of enthusiasts in NZ, we’ve been over there several times to see people, they’ve come to Britain to see us, and we also ship parts and complete bikes out there.  The feature came about as a result of Geoffrey Clark in NZ buying the Automoto CCV moped on UK eBay back in April 2013.  Lindsay Neill collected the bike from the seller in London, and brought it to the East Anglian Run on 19th May 2013, where it subsequently appeared in a ‘Spotted’ feature of the following MAC newsletter of the EACC (East Anglian Cyclemotor Club).  Getting it back from the event to the workshops, the bike did look a fairly viable proposition to run, and Mopedland had previously supplied some parts to the former owner, who seemed to have progressed on the machine to a fairly close to operable order.  It was obviously a French market import with no UK registration, but our trade plates satisfactorily account for such road test hurdles.

Automoto is quite an unusual brand to find in the UK, so there was a strong interest in covering this bike if the workshops could sort it out and get the engine to run.  A few hours tinkering delivered the required result, and the feature was on!  Road test and photoshoot were completed at the end of May 2013, then the bike moved into storage until crating and shipping in August 2013 along with other bikes and parts on sea freight to NZ by consolidated container.  The Automoto arrived in New Zealand during November 2013, to join Geoffrey’s collection at Napier Bay on North Island.

Work started on developing the article after IceniCAM edition 29 went out in mid April 2014, at which point there only existed a brief set of road test notes and photoset, and the ‘Cloverleaf’ title relating to the manufacturer’s adopted logo.  These obscure foreign machines are always challenging for the research, but development of the text was well advanced toward the end of May, and everything seemed to be running to schedule on this particular feature.  Automoto’s heritage was largely established from its historic cycle racing background.  The name is now sadly gone, but its legacy lives on in its sporting record, the artwork of its posters and surviving machines.  The French Automoto went to New Zealand, but the article sponsorship came from Australia-credit went to Graham McLean of Victoria State.

Bonus feature

Ralph Richardson sent us this Razor Sharp write up and, as it fitted in with our overall French theme (well … maybe … a bit), we had to include it.

What’s Next?

Our ‘World Series’ has technically ended now, and it’ll be good to get back to the <<abbr title="United Kingdom">UK and cover a few of our own British bikes again.

Next Main Feature: This business was recognised as the first British motor cycle manufacturer, producing its first motor-bicycle in 1896.  The company has been mentioned before in a number of other articles we’ve presented over the years, but the planets have never quite come into alignment to produce an article that would do justice for this historically important marque.  Our research goes back beyond the motor cycle, from the very dawn of the velocipede, and through ancient connections that became the heart of the British cycle industry.  Finally, all the elements have come together to create this inspired and epic production—‘2×2’ … is that it?  You’d think such a build up might have heralded a title with more impact?  But it’s what the title means that’s important.  There’s only been one model of British two-speed autocycle produced, and we’re running a specially tweaked version of this G2 engine against a two-speed Villiers 1F engined motor cycle—both by the same manufacturer, and the result could be a little closer than you might think!  ‘2×2’ runs Goblin against Consort in an epic feature that will very convincingly plug a hole in our features list of manufacturers.

Next Support Feature: We had to go a long way to eventually catch up with this mysterious Traveller, but it had to be done if only to close the file.  Then should we produce the feature as a stand-alone article, or might we drop upon another rare example of its original counterpart to present the package as ‘Badge Engineering’?

Next Second Support: and this is a truly eccentric English oddity—just so they’ll sleep at night, parents tell their little children there are no monsters in our modern world … but that’s not entirely true, because there really are monsters still out there-and we’re going after one, in ‘Monster Hunter’!

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: route sheets, maps, etc, are here as downloadable documents 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.

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, Coventry Eagle Trade Auto-Ette, Cyc-Auto (Wallington Butt), Cyc-Auto (Villiers), Derbi Antorcha, Dot ViVi, Dunkley S65, Dunkley Whippet Super Sports, Elswick-Hopper VAP MIRA test prototype, Excelsior Consort, Excelsior G2 autocycle, Gilera RS50, Heath mini-bike, Hercules Corvette, Hercules Her-cu-motor, Honda CD50, Honda SS50, Honda Stream, James Comet 1F, Kerry Capitano, Leopard B6, Motobécane >SP50, MV Agusta Liberty, Norman Nippy Mark 2, Norman Nippy Mark 3, NVT Ranger, Phillips P36X motorised cycle, Phillips Traveller, Powell Joybike, Puch Magnum X, Rabeneick Binetta, Simson SR2E, Solifer Speed, Sun Autocycle, Sun Motorette, Suzuki A100, 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 magazine - Chat to fellow readers - Make a donation - Sponsor an article - Enter a free advert - Submit an article yourself - Write a letter to us - Propose a machine for feature - Offer your machine for test feature - ...

News

July 2014

AOTD

tax disc abolition banner

The law is changing to get rid of the need to display a paper tax disc; the DVLA and police now rely on DVLA’s electronic vehicle register to check if a vehicle is taxed.  The change will be introduced on 1st October 2014 and applies to everyone who needs to tax their vehicle.  Motorists will still need to pay for their vehicle tax, but they will no longer get a paper tax disc for display on vehicles.  The requirement to apply for vehicle tax will not change for vehicles that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax (eg: Hstoric Vehicles).  The only change will be that the paper tax disc will no longer be issued and required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen.  Motorists still get a reminder when the vehicle tax runs out; there will be no change to the issue of the Renewal Reminder (V11s and V85/1s).  Any person may check the tax status of any vehicle by using DVLA’s Vehicle Enquiry System.  The vehicle enquiry system can be accessed by visiting www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk. Anyone who notifies DVLA that they no longer need to tax the vehicle any longer such as it being sold, transferred, or declared off the road (SORN), will recieve a VED refund automatically.  There's more information on the DVLA website at www.gov.uk/dvla/nomoretaxdisc

Dave Bickers, 1930-2014

Dave Bickers

July 2014

We’re sad to have to report the death of Dave Bickers on Sunday 6th July.  Dave was probably the best-known motor cyclist of his era thanks the televisation of the sport he excelled at: Moto Cross (or Scrambles as we used to call it in those days).  Dave also made a name for himself in show business circles, providing ‘action vehicles’ for any films including, for example, the Indiana Jones films.  In contrast to these ‘exalted circles’ Dave was often and local motor cycle events and was a regular rider on EACC

 

DVA NI

July 2014

Application for an Age Related Mark (V3) Scheme in Northern Ireland

The V3 scheme has, along with all the services and processes currently provided by DVA NI, been reviewed by DVLA as part of the NI/GB merger.  As a result, they intend to introduce the following changes:

The requirement for an historic NI import with a foreign logbook to be supported by the Association of Old Vehicle Clubs (AOVC) ends when DVA

From 21st July, NI imports with a foreign logbook will be processed in GB without the V3 form.  Vehicles manufactured in 1975 or before will be allocated an older style NI vehicle registration mark (VRM).

From 21st July NI imports with a dating certificate (vehicle manufactured in 1975 or before) will be allocated an older style NI vehicle registration mark.  All older style VRMs will be issued on a non-transferable basis.

Vehicles manufactured in and after 1976 will be allocated a current NI vehicle registration mark

Historic vehicles with no documentation will be allocated a QNI vehicle registration mark.  The V3 application form will be removed from general circulation as soon as possible.  DVA will continue to accept and where possible, process V3 applications up until 17 July.  After this date any application to register a historic vehicle, imported into NI supported by a foreign logbook should be sent to:
DVLA,
Swansea,
SA99 1BE
The V3 will not be required.

DVA NI

June 2014

The DVA in Northern Ireland is due to close in July, with its work being transferred to DVLA Swansea.  Until now the procedure for V765 applications in Northern Ireland has been somewhat different from in the rest of the UK.  Furthermore, Northern Ireland doesn’t issue any ‘age-related’ registrations.  So, will this change when DVLA takes over?  No one seems to know...

Historic Tax

April 2014

From 1st April, vehicles built before 1st January 1974 qualify for the zero-rated Historic Vehicle tax ... but ...

The Historic tax rate won’t be applied automatically to the newly qualified vehicles; you’ll have to apply for it.  You don’t have to wait until the current tax disc expires.  On the ‘changes’ section of the V5c put the tax class as ‘Historic Vehicle’, then sign & date it.  Fill in a V10 to apply for a new tax disc and take it all to a Motor Tax Post Office, along with the current MoT.  The Post Office will give you a new tax disc, retaining the V5c, which they’ll send on to DVLA.  The remaining duty on the unexpired old tax disc can be reclaimed using form V14.

Budget 2014

March 2014

As expected, a rolling 40-year Historic VED was part of this year’s budget.  Another item that was expected was the legislation needed to abolish tax discs.  Perhaps less welcome for classic vehocle owners is that there will be a financial incentive for increasing the methanol in fuel from April next year.  Here’s the small print from the Budget document:

2.151 Fuel duty incentives for methanol—
From April 2015, the government will apply a reduced rate of fuel duty to methanol.  The rate will be set at 9.32 pence per litre.  The size of the duty differential between the main rate and methanol will be maintained until March 2024.  The government will review the impact of this incentive alongside the duty incentives for road fuel gases at Budget 2018.  (Finance Bill 2015)

2.152 Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates and bands—
VED rates for cars, motorcycles and the main rates for vans will increase by RPI from 1 April 2014.  (Finance Bill 2014)

2.153 VED: classic vehicle exemption –
The government will introduce a rolling 40 year VED exemption for classic vehicles from 1 April 2014.  (Finance Bill 2014 and future Finance Bills) (39)

2.154 VED administrative simplification—
As announced at Autumn Statement 2013, the government will introduce legislation to reduce tax administration costs and burdens by making the following changes with effect from 1 October 2014:
— motorists will be able to pay their VED by direct debit annually, biannually or monthly, should they wish to do so. A 5% surcharge will apply to biannual and monthly payments (Finance Bill 2014) (c)
— a paper tax disc will no longer be issued and required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen (Finance Bill 2014)


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