‘The Magic Wheelers’


Dedicated to The Riding, Renovation and Preservation of Cyclemotors


CYCLEMOTOR SECTION  OF THE VMCC



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During the austerity of post-war 1950s Britain many people, particularly the working classes, had their first taste of motorised transport by buying a ‘Clip On’ cyclemotor engine from one of the many manufacturers in this country and abroad who were making them at that time, and by using an existing bicycle a new freedom was available, all for under £20 taxed and insured.

In those less hurried times a group of Warwickshire Cyclemotor enthusiasts had regular gatherings for social runs and they subsequently formed a club called the "Magic Wheelers" ; - it is their badge we still retain for our club today.


Around 1980 some members of the VMCC who had for some time championed their "pop pops" or "Wilfreds" as they were called, alongside the larger machines they owned decided to form their own Cyclemotor group.


THE MAGIC WHEELERS TODAY


Today this non-territorial section of the VMCC organises various runs across the country each year, including the infamous 100 mile run.

The VMCC Cyclemotor Section have a club stand each year at the Founders Day Rally - held at Stanford Hall near Leicester where there are always a number of these interesting machines on show together with their owners who are always happy to answer questions. These machines can also be seen in action at meetings organised yearly at venues across the country.


The Cyclemotor Section caters for VMCC members, but for a small fee, (For insurance purposes) non-members can sign in on a one-day membership payment and participate in runs.


We organise a healthy programme of events each year – currently around 17 riding events, and several static displays both within and outside of the VMCC. We are pleased to see that many Regional Sections also incorporate cyclemotor-friendly routes. These routes tend to be somewhere between 20 and 30 miles long, and the majority of organisers arrange a recovery service, as our little bikes are known for being a bit temperamental on occasions !

Many of our road runs have been happening for a long time. Amongst these are the annual 100 miler, an event held over a 33mile route, which can be ridden three times for those stalwarts who want to gain a prestigious 100 mile badge for their efforts. It began around 1983, and has attracted over 60 riders on several occasions. It has had a few different starting points, but is currently operating from Quainton Memorial Hall in Buckinghamshire.


We also hold camping weekends, the current venue being at Peacehaven Farm, Ickford, by kind invitation of our friend Ivan Dutton, renowned Bugatti specialist and small machine enthusiast. All in all, we have events starting in January, going through to November when we hold our last proper run of the year which is combined with our AGM. Details of all our events can be found on the events page of this website.


We hope that anyone with even a mild interest in these little machines will feel inspired to come and see us at any of our events, but beware – the regular advice to newcomers is that this hobby is addictive! The size of many of our members’ collections is proof of this fact !


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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MAGIC WHEELERS