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Where  is  this famous TEAL cafe? 

 

 

 

 

 

Tealers have stopped for a T and P break at this fine remote cafe on the right many times.  But where exactly is it?  Near a famous pass? Answers on the Discussion Forum page please...  (photo:Wendy, thanks)

 

 

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Memories of Summer 

 

 

 

 

 

Wolfgang's delightful Teal Type 35 boat-tail in high summer  meadows in southern Germany - a perfect picture... 

 

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Rarely used, but nice to know it's there.... 

 

 

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LOVELY  TEAL  TYPE 35  FOR SALE 

 

 

 

 

 

TYPE 35 TEAL BUGATTI REPLICA

 

  12000 MILES      £19000

 

* SUPERBLY BUILT WITH ALUMINIUM PANELS AND 1800 CC ENGINE;

 

*  DRIVES AND HANDLES BEAUTIFULLY,NO MOT OR TAX REQUIRED AS        HISTORIC VEHICLE;

 

*  FINISHED  IN FRENCH BLUE COMPLETE WITH TONNEAU AND SIDE PANELS:

 

 *  Inspection, Trial or Test most welcome   Phone 01694 781544

 

 

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ANGOULEME - HERE WE COME!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting off from Cumbria  for the September Angouleme classic car meet:  Ian and Lavinia with Teal, elephant and well-loaded boot rack....

 

(southwards, ever southwards)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teal Rendezvous on the banking (you know where) before heading across the Channel, via Portsmouth-Le Havre,  with Andy and June to join up ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tealers reach the Loire Valley  (cars L to R:  Rupert and Jean, Andy and June, Stu, Dot and Phil, Ian and Lavinia, Cliff and Jan) with the Chateau of Saumur as backdrop. Fine weather for Tealing.

 

 

 


 

 

A  Tealish  picnic/pitstop  enroute.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....with sheepish company; then on to Angouleme

 

 

 

Angouleme at last - Bugattis everywhere,  and Andy, ever a passionate Bugattist, loses it in a quiet  square, and succumbs to his passion;  egged on, it must be said, by June, Ian and Cliff. The moment is recorded by Lavinia. And later that evening the Tealers discover....

 

 

 

 

... an open garage with nine classic Bugattis free to inspect. Ian is a little stunned, and Cliff (is that Cliff at the back left?) gets stuck in with his close-up camera.  Delicious. And tomorrow is the classic car racing on the roads and battlements of ancient Angouleme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the races Cliff, immaculately-dressed as always, takes the opportunity to drop a few tips to a fellow Brit pilot in his 1930s Riley...is that a Bugatti beyond?

 

But rival pilots were plotting their races too: 

 

 

 


 

and more were edging up to the Bugatti race start line... 

 

 

 


 

Soon, they're off - with the tremendous howl of 'tearing calico' resounding and reverberating off the old stone walls of Angouleme, trailing clouds of blue smoke and racing all out around the twisting, narrow streets of the old city and out into the few open stretches, each straight crowned with a hairpin bend....

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bugatti Race: Type 23 versus Type 35

 

 

Photos were taken, accidents avoided, tyres scrubbed, tall stories told, winners adjudged, handicaps applied, silver cups awarded. The town was en fete, the smell of steak frites, burnt high-octane petrol, ladies scent and onions wafting on the evening air, so the Tealers who were there recount.   As the evening entertainment approaches, Tealers feel they should not let the side down, so dress appropriately:

 

 

 

A number of the Tealers were concerned that Stu had no female companionship in his Teal ('more like a Bugatti than most Bugattis'), so they  clubbed together to arrange for the close companion Baguette to join Stu; here he is getting to know her a little better:

 

 

 


 But Baguette was not always treated with the respect that she, perhaps, deserved:

 

 

 

 

Oh Dear.   The Tealers were now determined to press on south to Spain, but it was hot, and Phil was also determined to cool off in the river, so...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil and Teal take a cooling dip en route to Spain 

(photo: Dot) 

 

The route would now take our intrepid explorers past Biarritz   to the Basque border of Spain and onwards into the Pyrennees; best dress to fit in then...

 

 

 

 


 

 The high Picos now beckon - first, into the foothills:

 

 

 

 

 avoiding local wildlife

 

 

 

 

And into the high, wild mountains,  where eagles circle lazily on the thermals, and engines pant for oxygen...the rugged Picos:

 

 

 

and down to the sea along the north Spanish coast road for a pit stop

 

  

 

 

and to the Spanish port of Lekeitio before  Bilbao and the ferry home....

 

    

 There are two Teals in this photo - but can you spot them?

 

For more photos of this splendid September 2008 Teal trip see Page 28 of this website, and for a terrific French website of classic cars in France and on the Continent see:

 

www.gtdreams.com/anciennes.php

 

 

 

 

 


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 TEAL FOR SALE DOWN UNDER

 

 

 

The fine Teal Type 59 made by Bob Lewis for Australian vineyard owner  Robin Day (Teal Of The Week No 40 on this Website - photo with Robin Day below) is now up for sale....  the asking price is Australian Dollars 97,500, or around £53,000 Pounds Sterling.   Robin Day was a great chum of distinguished former Tealer Keith Lidgerwood, who used to visit for car chat and a glass or two  of red whenever he was in the Antipodes....

 

 This is a fine Jaguar-powered, immaculately-finished Teal, priced about right, IMHO. What do you think?  Should she come home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the link to  Richmonds at the Adelaide, South Australia website, where there are pictures a-plenty - click on the little dots under the main image:

 

 www.richmonds.com.au/cars-for-sale 

 

 Thank you, David Ward, Teal Spotter Extra-Ordinaire

 

Comment: David Ward points out that the apparent high line of the mudguards may be because, according to the sale details, this Type 59 is fitted with 16-inch wheels rather than the normal 18-inch. 

 

 

 

 

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TEAL NEWS:  Gary Strand has purchased the ex-John King Teal 35 auctioned recently for £11,000; this adds to a number of other Teal components owned by Gary, perhaps the makings of another full Teal.  Double congratulations, Gary... 

 

 

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 TEALERS  ON  THE  WELSH  BORDERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teals at Welshpool  at a fine Georgian Montgomeryshire farmhouse, with a charming hostess... Hirondelle (ex Ron and Sheila Stamp) is now for sale in Germany for £35,000; see further down this page....

 

 

Near the farmhouse is magnificent Powis Castle - here the Tealers arrive for a happy viewing: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      


Powis Castle - a most worthwhile visit 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Three Sensibles were there, of course

 

 

 

We also had time to visit the small but excellent local motor museum: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron and Sheila lead the way in 'Hirondelle' ; Ron was particularly pleased by this museum as there were many historic motor cycles, a particular passion of his; behind I think I can see Dot and Phil, Colin and Irené, Neil and Pam, Keith in his Replicar and  Neil and Vikki in the fine red Vital Spark...

 

 

 

 

Yes, there's Scots Neil and Vikki, and ... (below) Cheshire Keith (by way of Melbourne)  in his Replicar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil and Pam particularly  enjoyed the trip, this time in their two-seater...

 

 

 

 

 

It was important to keep Chairman Bob and the Red Baron in the picture ...

 

 

 

 

...Because he was to take pole position that magical Teal summer 2011. 

 

Tealing = Cameraderie, Cars and Education. True?

 

 

 

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A  RARE  AND  UNUSUAL  TEAL 

 

Have you ever seen such a fine and stylish Teal as this ?   Well, apart from your own...

 

 

 

 

 Looks like most Teal Type 35 boat-tails from this angle, doesn't it?

 

 

 

 

 

But most of us have never seen such a finely-detailed cockpit as this, including the period steering wheel and full instrumentation.  And is that a Bugatti-style external gearleaver feeding that splendid gearbox? 

 

 

 

 

Yes, indeed.  And rare windscreens, beautifully-shaped and reminiscent of 1920s-style classics such as early Bugattis and Amilcars. (See photo below to compare).    Brian in Lancashire is clearly a man of imagination, is fitting an MGB engine and is the very lucky owner of this unique beauty.  For more details see Teal of the Week no 135.

 

Below: 1927 French Amilcar CGS :

 

 

 

 

 

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Goodwood Revival - Bugatti Type 44 

 

 

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Details of Teal Type 35 quality Stainless Steel handbrake (created by Bob Lewis), waterproof canvas tonneau and canvas side wind-guard.  Snug as a bug! 

 

 

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BUGATTI  TYPE 35  BOOK 

 

 

 

 

 

Many folk know that the Teal Type 35 was inspired by the Bugatti Type 35 of the 1920s.  There's a delightful Haynes Manual describing the Bugatti Type 35 from 1924 onwards, detailing  the anatomy of the car (Chassis, Suspension, Wheels, Engines, Cockpit, Bodywork, etc); also Engineers' views of the car; Drivers' and Owners' experiences; the history of individual chassis; Restoration and Historic Racing; and many detailed appendices, specifications, etc.  The whole is illustrated throughout with numerous colour photos and diagrams.   It's a delight, and I've just received a copy from a fellow Tealer (thank you), and can recommend the volume as a continual source of information, and a joy to dip into and browse... Amazon or one of the many smaller book sources will send you a copy.  Let us know what you think on the Discussion Forum... thanks.

 

 

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TEAL 35 Boat-Tail:  THE  GOOD OLD DAYS 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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 STYLISH  TEAL  FOR  SALE

 

 

 

This elegant and well-built classic Teal reminds me of the Jaguar advert:

 

Grace,   Space,   Pace... 

 

 

 

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ANOTHER 'NEW' TEAL DISCOVERED - IN SPAIN 

 

(TOW157) 

 

 

 

 

 

The owner of this attractive 1800cc Teal in Spain contacted the Facebook page of the Teal Owners' Club to say it was for sale, and could be transported to the buyer's home country at cost.  He didn't say how much he was asking, but left contact details. The Sky Blue Teal  website was not aware of this Teal before, and it has been designated Teal of the Week  (TOW) No. 157. The Spanish Teal is named 'Celesti' = Sky Blue. They're out there!

 

 

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  TEAL FOR  SALE  IN  GERMANY 

 

 

This week (22 Sep18) David Ward spotted this German-registered Teal 35 four-seater below on sale at the link shown for £37,500...As Andy Dutton has pointed out, this is Ron and Sheila Stamp's Teal (TOW13), purchased in Feb 18 by German buyers, re-registered on the Continent and on sale again in Sep 18, at a price....

 

 https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1036959

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She's fitted with a 2.0litre Triumph 2000 Engine... compare this car with Chris Poolton's above for £25,000.                                          Thanks,  David and Andy .

TOW 13 Re-Registered in Germany

 

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MANSTON AIRFIELD, KENT 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy's La Tecla, David's Dolly and Rupert's Grasshopper at Manston, Eastern Kent

 

Damaged RAF and USAAF  bombers, often short of fuel, would recover in the war  to Manston  since it was the furthest south and east airfield in Britain, and deliberately had a very long and wide runway.  In the 60s, 70s and 80s we used to use RAF Manston as a Master Diversion Airfield if the weather clamped at our base in East Anglia (RAF Wyton, Cambs) - the RAF maintained eight master diversion airfields with enhanced radar, Instrument Landing System, fire crews and servicing facilities  at St Mawgan (Cornwall), Valley (Anglesey), Kinloss or Lossiemouth (N. Scotland), Leuchars (East Scotland), Leeming (N Yorkshire), Marham (Norfolk), Wattisham (Suffolk) and Manston itself, which had the added advantage of having foam-laying capabilities  in case your nose wheel or main wheels wouldn't come down...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 No 39 Squadron RAF Canberra PR Mk9 Take Off - wheels coming up...

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Finals, three greens, flaps down"

 

(Canberra Photo Recce Mark 9 of No 39 Squadron RAF) 

 

 

 

Tealers might be interested to know that Lieutenant William Leefe-Robinson of No 39 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps won the VC for his actions on the night of 2/3 September 1916 when taking off from Sutton Farm Nr Hornchurch in his BE2C biplane of Home Defence Command he climbed (in 53 minutes) to 11,500 feet and at 0205 am in freezing cold and nearly total darkness (except for exploding flak) he shot down a Zeppelin raiding London  over the Thames Estuary, the first Zeppelin ever  to be shot down over Britain.  Leefe-Robinson was 21 years old.  He died two years later just after the end of WW1  from Spanish Flu. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tail skid of Leefe-Robinson's BE2C was subsequently  kept, suitably mounted, on the wall of the aircrew  crew-room of No 39 Squadron together with other memorabilia.  No 39 served on the NW Frontier of India flying Hawker Harts between the wars, then re-equipped with Bristol Blenheims in the battle for Ethiopia when Italy entered WW2, flying these also in the Western Deserts of Egypt and Libya, taking over Maryland bombers for the battle of Crete, then Beaufort torpedo anti-shipping strike aircraft from Malta in 1941-42, Beaufighters and Martin Marauders for Italy/Yugoslavia/Romania missions, Tempests and Meteors in the late 1940s/1950s, then Canberra recce through the Cold War gathering intelligence right up to 2006 based at RAF Luqa, RAF Wyton and RAF Marham, Norfolk, but usually operating several thousand  miles away. Tealers can imagine these years generated a certain number of adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This website is supposed to be for Teal Cars,  not aircraft; but I often feel that there are some affinities (Neil B and Colin A - may agree?) 

 - See Colin's Cockpit Below -

 

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THEY  DON'T  MAKE  THEM  LIKE  THAT  ANYMORE 

 

 

 

 

About a decade ago a very handsome Teal (Puddle Jumper) arrived for a Teal Cross-Country driven by a handsome driver (Colin), but with a very unusual steering wheel.  Look closely above. Yes, the top quarter is missing. ... Colin has always been an innovator, but had he gone too far here? (ps: the piece he cut out he used as a dashboard grab-handle...).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirsty Work - Pit Stop for Colin on the delightful  Spider Run 1, Mid-Wales - and there's the steering wheel guiding Puddle Jumper... 

 

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GIGI  ORIGINS DISCOVERED 

 

Many of us will know the delightful early GRP Teal Type 35 Boat-tail Gigi :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the original builder of Gigi  (Mark Ames) has been in touch with Tealer David Ward. Mark built Gigi with his dad in 1984, the thirteenth Teal built, though they called it the 14th for obvious reasons. Mark has many photos of  the construction, including Ian Foster himself fitting the bodywork... more news to come - thank you Mark,  and David who is going to undertake a major restoration of Gigi, 34 years later and planned for completion next year.....  Below:  1984  -   Gigi chassis, engine and donor car; Ian Foster with Mark fitting the bodywork; finished Gigi painted in red and ready to go....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gigi ready to go, now painted red, 34 years ago.... thank you, Mark 

 

 

 

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Teal News Updates

 

 

*   Teal of the Week No 151 is up for sale in Germany for 30,000 Euros.  It is very likely that this is the same Teal listed as TOW 74...

 

*   John King is selling TOW No 78, Ex Neil Bridges.

 

 *    John King is buying one of the 'Molsheim' Bugatti Replicas,  recently seen on line for sale.  

 

 

* Most exciting news - a new Teal has been discovered  and is now being recovered (not the German-registered 4-Seater in green (Ex Ron Stamp), also discovered this week 21Sep18 ); more details to come.  It is my belief that there could be quite a few more Teals out there - more than the 150 or so we have discovered so far.... (we hope so anyway).

 

*   Just for fun, our hits count today (12th September)  is 122222 ....

 

 

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TEAL QUARTET - CHARLESTON, CORNWALL 

 

Pit stop for four well-known Teals on their way to Land's End... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 'Teals: a delightful variety of beautiful sporting machines'

 

 


 

 

 "The Teal: easy to work on, a joy to look at, a pleasure to drive"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAL Type 35 Cockpit

 

 

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TEAL  COUNTIES

 

 

Close observers of the Teal scene will have noticed that although Teal ownership is spread across the whole United Kingdom, Europe and indeed the world, there is a preponderance of Teal ownership centred on three specific counties of England: Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.  This is not surprising, as Ian Foster and Bob Jones designed, built and sold Teals from bases (small factories) in Cheshire and Lancashire in the 1980s and 1990s, and Bob's agent Ben Trumble built many Teals in Leeds in the 1990s.  On Teal rallies the wit and wisdom of these fine northern Tealers has lightened many a local crisis and amused and entertained on countless stopovers in B and B, pub and hotel.  But one unique style of humour has glowed throughout the Teal world, that of the Yorkshire Tealer.  Yorkshire wit, wisdom, useful tips and self-deprecating comments have been a leading feature of the Teal world, and so we have established a  Wise Thoughts from Yorkshire corner on this Teal website, which will be added to every week or so....

 

Wise Thoughts from Yorkshire 

 

 

 

 

'Ivverything's good to good fowk' 

 

 

 

'It's better to fettle an' shout about it, ner nivver to fettle at all' 

 

 

 

'Let your missus know who t'boss is reight from t' start - it's no use kiddin' thissen.'


 

'Tha can onny understand life if tha looks at it back'ards, but tha's got to live it forrads.' 

 

'E's that mean, e'd nip a currant i' two' 

 

'a laugh at yer own expense costs nowt' 

 

'Tha can allus tell a sensible chap - he thinks on t'same lines as thissen.' 

 

 'Horse-power were a lot safer when just t'hosses 'ad it' 

 

'She's a lass o' few words but she uses 'em a heck of a lot' 

 

 

(more Yorkshire wisdom to come ...please also see one page from the end of this website 'Captain Sensible's Teal Talk'.  The Tealer  author of these wise and humorous thoughts is from ....Yorkshire)

 

See also the Teal Discussion Forum on this website, September 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


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2014 GOODWOOD REVIVAL 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1931 Bugatti Type 54 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1934  BUGATTI  TYPE 59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APRIL  IN  AUGUST 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1996 NORMAN DURBAN purchased the right to make Teal Type 35s from  BOB JONES.  Norman's own Teal is known as APRIL after its registration plate RPA1L, and  she is a beautiful and powerful Teal, with a 6C/2500 triple-carburettor Triumph engine. 

 

In September 1999 Norman and his son (above) entered the TARGA LIEGE, a cross-country   endurance race/challenge for dozens of different kit cars, starting with registration and inspection at a damp SPA, Belgium, motoring at speed through Luxembourg, France, the Alps, six Alpine passes (including the Galiber), via Rome ,Monte Casino  and the Amalfi Coast to Sicily, Etna  and the old Targa Florio circuit, and back through Italy, The Stelvio and the Dolomite mountains to Cortina and Mulhouse of Bugatti fame, ending at Spa - a two-week feat of endurance indeed....

 

For those who'd like to know more about this unique challenge, there's a six-minute video on You Tube, including many kit cars and shots of April Teal  at:  

 

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6MEFvgNUrE

 

 

Comment on video:  Hawk-eyes David Ward spotted at 8 seconds into the video as the cars line up at the Chunnel what appears to be a second Teal - what do you think?  Under the £6.99 sign in the middle, pale blue with the smaller wheels, perhaps an early GRP Teal... or is it another Bugatti look-alike? 

 

Interesting comment from experienced (and wise)Tealer Andy Dutton:   'The other Teal in the video was owned by a guy from Essex. I met him once at Brooklands with Cliff, but cannot remember his name. If you look hard enough you can see that he fitted a Roll bar behind the seat, presumably for this rally.'

 

It is possible that the second Teal in the video  was driven by Alan Claydon of Essex, who apparently had a roll bar fitted to his Teal (thank you Rupert).

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 April's powerful engine 6C/2500

 

 

 

*   Norman's plans to build Teals for sale sadly  didn't work out, and the Teal Owners' Club subsequently purchased the rights to the Teal Type 35 from Norman in 2010. 

*   April is still around 19 years after the Targa Liege, and Tealer David Ward is in touch with Norman... 

 

 

 

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LATEST TEAL FASHION 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted in Kent over the  bank holiday weekend, a girl and her matching Teal  - does your nail polish match your Teal -  if not, shouldn't you catch up with this fast-growing trend ?  Surely Boots must do French Blue?  And who is this lady trendsetter anyway?  (Clue: thanks, Rupert).

 

 

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 The Red Baron ponders his next move; wingman Ron in support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NOTICEABLE NOTICE

 

Much Teal info has  been transferred from this page to the Teal News 18 page (see index left) to make room for more data on this Page 1. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


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 Talking of Old Classics....

   

 
 
 
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 60,  one page from the end of this website
  
           
  
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And now , at last, a little bit about this website, its contents and why it was set up .
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

Welcome to SKYBLUETEAL, the website for lovers of Teal cars, fine British sports cars full of character, lovely to look at and a delight to drive.

 

There are many photos of owners' cars on the website as we build up a visual record of every Teal we can find in Teal of The Week (TOW), and   we explain  a little of the history of  Ettore Bugatti, the legendary designer and manufacturer  whose  delightful  and highly successful racing and touring cars of the 1920s and 1930s inspired Teal cars. The history of Teal cars is detailed with many historic photos, and there are pages showing the building of Teal T35, T43, T44  and T59 cars in the 'factory' .

 

Just for fun, there is a   tour of a fine  Continental Teal T35 (Dutch Treat) and of  a lovely Teal from Dorset (Black Beauty).    Features include a  page of Tealing in the  pioneer years of the 1980s, photos of Teals and Tealers in Wales and Yorkshire on the 2008 Triangle Run, the Lake District and Scottish Borders on the June 2009 Rally,  illustrations of  the building of  Teal cars at home,   and picture reviews of the wonderful variety of Teal  cockpits, dashboards and tails.   There's a special page on the Teal Owners' Club (TOC),  detailing  how to join the Club, and the many Club benefits.    The exciting  annual   Circuit des Remparts at Angouleme is covered, and  Teals in Action 2009  shows our Teal cars where they are meant to be:  on the road;  there's full coverage of The Teal 2010 Backbone of England Rally, and there are stirring Teal Tales of Captain  Sensible campaigning  in Britain, France,  Spain, Germany Switzerland and the Netherlands,  and also new Teal News pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 and 18 with dozens of snippets of the latest information about Teals and Tealers, and reports of our Teal adventures and rallies in 2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 ,2016, 2017 and 2018 in Sussex and Hampshire, Kent, East Anglia, Lancashire, The Peak District, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, Wales and unusual adventures in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as well as overseas trips to much of Europe including France, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and  Portugal.  We hope you enjoy these tales which are an excuse to enjoy our lovely Teals, and eachothers' company... Do join us at The Teal Owners' Club (you don't have to own a Teal) - email our Club Membership Secretary at dot.massey@btinternet.com

- you'll be most welcome. 

 

 Perhaps you already own a Teal, or maybe you might be considering buying and  driving a Teal one day; either way, it's a rewarding and exciting experience ..... we welcome you to the vivid world of Teal cars.  

 

 

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WHAT IS A TEAL?

 

To purchase an original vintage 1920s Bugatti such as the legendary Types 35 or 37 would cost  between £250,000 and £500,000; with an authentic racing pedigree, the price of such a car would be well above a million pounds. Bugatti cars of the 1920s and 1930s command such a high premium because of their rarity, the engineering skill of their designer, Ettore Bugatti (see page 3),  the beauty of their lines and their outstandingly successful record as racing cars over  the two decades before World War 2.

The Teal Type 35 was designed in 1983, and much  refined in the late  80s and 90s, to provide a car with the Bugatti's beauty and performance at an affordable price.  To drive  a Teal behind the twin racing aero screens is an exhilarating (and windy!)  experience, since suspension, steering, handling and exhaust note are all successfully optimised  to replicate as far as possible the exciting sensations of 1920s open-air  motoring.   More details of  Teal history, design, construction, engines, suspension,  and some  estimated  prices   are given at page 2.  

 
  
 
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Original Teal - 1984 - Ian and Maggie Foster's Type 35 
(Photo Maggie Foster - thank you)
 See Page 2
 
The same early Teal, in 2010 (below)
 Now aluminium-bodied with 18-inch wire wheels,substantial headlights  and windscreen, restored by Keith Lidgerwood, here on the Backbone of England Run in June 2010, photographed with Keith,  and Guy and Mark Foster, Ian and Maggie Foster's twin sons, who helped dad Ian build the Teal in 1984. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early  Teal.   Kit Car Magazine, July 1984
 
Outside the Hatchet Inn, Lower Chute, Near Andover, Hampshire;
This excellent pub is still there 30 years later,  looking much the same.
See Teal origins  (page two) for the story behind the launch of  the first   Teals.
 
 ( Thanks to Andy/Kit Car Magazine for photo )
 
 
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Teal Type 35 two-seaters

Oxford and Cambridge?  These aluminium Teal Type 35 two-seaters with 18" wire wheels are photographed  at Laycock:  Peter Haywood's dark blue beauty was driven by him and Neil from their  Isle of Wight homes, where Peter is restoring a Riley Kestrel when he's not motoring in his Morgan Plus Four or Teal, and  Neil fettles and drives his pre-war MG J2 - for more see Teal News page one, Item 31.  The pretty sky blue Teal is now owned by Andrew Smith from Buckinghamshire ( see Teal News page one, Items 2 and 17).

 

 

 

Teal Type 35 Four - Seater  Tourer

Glen and Maggie Ibbotson's fine dark blue four-seater at the Knowsley show;  for more about Glen and Maggie and their Teal  [Captain Sensible] see the Teal News page one, Item 13, and Captain Sensible's amazing and delightful Teal Tales, one page from the end of this website.

   

 

 A very pretty Teal Type 43 Four Seat Tourer, designed and built by Bob Jones

(photo -  Bob Jones - thank you)

 

the handsome Teal Type 44 Four Seater grand tourer, designed and built by Bob Jones

(photo -  Bob Jones - thank you)

 

 

the delightful Teal Type 52s  ('Bugattini') 

(photo -  Bob Jones - thank you)

 

 

                               Teal Type 59 - high performance sports car (with admirers) 

    (photo  -  Bob Jones - thank you)

Below: Teal Type 59 at Speed

 

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Teal Owners' Club  Lakes and Borders Run,  Scotland
 
"The sun on your back, the wind in your hair, the winding road ahead, and good company at the long  day's end -  all's well with the world." 
 
 
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Footnote

This is not the official website of Teal Cars, or of Bugatti, or of any organisation or club whatsoever;  the Skyblueteal.co.uk website has simply been created to share information and images with fellow Teal and Bugatti classic car enthusiasts.  We hope that you enjoy the website in the spirit of fun in which it has been created.  Happy Tealing.....

 

 

 

 

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