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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby treefrog » Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:14 pm

Shame dobo, never came back with some further info on CAM, hopefully he will return soon..

Picked one up myself today, only because it was local in my town.... Another variation, "The Tankard", with beer pints for the jackpot....

The seller tried selling on ebay, but told me it was removed - no surprise, and then tried Gumtree where I saw it and managed to ping an email before they also removed it from this site. I offered a price and ended in a hard game to agree a price, so although not loads of money the seller got a fair price for a working machine of this type. When I went to collect, I was shocked to find a 12 year old was the seller I had been bartering with. Not only that, he took the trouble to explain how it all worked, very knowledgeable too... Shame he was moving away from slots, otherwise he could have been our youngest collector.
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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby raj » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:22 pm

Nice purchase, !!THUMBSX2!!

I tend to shy away from e/m machines due to the many 'adjustments' that get made over the years. In another life I used to work for BT, and adjusting these type of operating systems took many months of training and specialist tools. I still have a few, just in case I weaken and buy one!

Incidentally, ebay have pulled most of my online sales, !!UHOH!! I tried to include 'seller refurbished' in the drop down, still including the disclaimer in the text, but that still seems to trigger a red flag. It seems any mention of 'working' 'Reconditioned' 'slot machine' 'jackpot' 'one armed' 'arcade' or 'coin operated' seems to send them into a feeding frenzy. :evil: Fairground and games room still seem OK for the moment.
Now everything is 'spare parts or not working' which is not going to help online sales one bit :cry:

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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby marktol » Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:45 pm

I had to relist my machine twice. Seems to be happening a lot at the moment - even Mr Powell can't seem to keep his listings active!

Strange though, seems to be some machines still slipping though. I'm amazed the Bonus is still going!

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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby dobo » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:49 pm

Hi everyone,
Regarding the machines from cam automatics, I worked there since I was fifteen until nineteen. They were the best years of my life. The firm was jointly owned by Frank Hoy and Bob Murray. The company had an office above Valenties in Church Street Seaham Harbour and later built workshops and office at the bottom of Church Street. It incorporated a company called Cam Furnishings built specifically for the club industry. These buldings have been pulled down to make way for a new Asda.

In sixty six/sixty seven Frank bought out Bob Murray. I worked alongside Tommy Murray, Billy Baker, Johhny Peach, Tony Clark, Harry Smith, Dave Stevens, Brian Lane, Bill Todd, Ray Youngs and of course Val, who was Frank's girlfriend then. The company was originally called Mac automatics, around sixty three but Frank and Bob bought out Mac, who I think was from Frank Hoy's hometown of Cromer in Norfolk. I would give anything to meet up with Frank once again as he was like a fatherly figure to me. He taught me everything, helped me grow up very fast, and I will forever be in his debt for giving me this once in a lifetime experience. I really wish I had taken notice of him more often. Shortly after the Sibbet One armed bandit murder case in about sixty seven Cams sold out to someone who I care not to mention. Can I just point out that Sibbet worked for a rival fruit machine company in Sunderland called Social Club Services, and had nothing to do with Cam Automatics.

The last I heard was that Frank was working down Petticoat Lane and Bob had returned to his native Scotland (think it was Edinburgh). As for the machines in the photo, I can remember refurbishing, (as it's now called) many many machines.

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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby slotalot » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:28 pm

Welcome back dobo, thanks for the extra information, always good to here about the history of the old machines. !!CHEERS!!

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Re: CAM Automatics

Postby badpenny » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:31 pm

Mark Knopfler's song 5.15 am refers to the One Armed Bandit Murder in Newcastle, also check it on Wikipedia for the seamier side of our hobby.


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CAM Automatics Southern Belle on ebay

Postby coppinpr » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:25 am

Topic moved & merged - Site Admin.

A rarely seen electro-mechanical slot on ebay today. I guess it would class as part mechanical as it has moving parts... just. Made by Cam automatics (59-64 it says). Said to be in very good condition and looks it, but overpriced. The electrics look much simpler then the better known machines in the same vein.
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Re: unusual machine on ebay

Postby brigham » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:04 pm

Definitely CAM Automatics, of Seaham Harbour, here in Co. Durham.
Grossly over-priced, in my view.

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Re: CAM Automatics Southern Belle on ebay

Postby slotalot » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:10 pm

Cam Automatics were only the agents, they never made any machines. :cool:

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Re: CAM Automatics Southern Belle on ebay

Postby badpenny » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:21 pm

Stuart is like the Lone Ranger. !SHOOT!

Just as it seems everything will be too lost and complicated, in he rides to clarify what really happened …. !!HOBBYHORSE!!



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