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London rendez-vous (Angelo and David) 

 

 

 Coffee break: Type  35 or 37 - you decide (I can't).

 

 

 

Ideal workshop? 

 

 

 

 

 

 EB Colormeter.  Small Printing read vertically states:  Teal Motors  Altrincham Cheshire  England

 

Another quality trim item produced for Bob Jones of Teal Motors 

 

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What's special about 25th September? 

 

 

 

 

 

 Phoenix

 

 

It's Tealer Neil Bridges Birthday.... will he sit in majestic Phoenix and eat his fruit cake, or play one of his lovely melodies on guitar on You Tube, or take a sunlit trip with Pam into the Yorkshire Dales? Whichever, we wish this fine young Tealer all the best for the years ahead, and thank him for his good companionship down many happy Teal trips...

 

and below two of more Neil's fine Teals - and his Mike King....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At David Ward's Egham garage yesterday (21 Sep) I was delighted to see four Teals: Dizzy, Gigi, David's own DNA, and the splendid Teal Grand Tourer  ('The Cream Cracker'), repatriated by David B and Janice after 28 years in Belgium - a fine car re-discovered.

 

 

 

 

 

My main purpose at David's was for my MG TF: a cleaning underneath, de-rust of surface rust and then waxoil of key areas, as well as the annual MOT test.  I also spent a delightful day with David chatting about all things Teal and much else, and drove back happily, with the top down and the wind in the hair, through sunlit September Surrey and Sussex - all Tealers will know that feeling of joy on the winding minor road, surrounded by open  fields and woodlands, and a with  a responsive car in one's hands - a total delight!

 

 

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SEPTEMBER 2016: TEALERS  IN N. WALES 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 4th to 7th September,  21 Tealers * met up in Llangollen, North Wales, for a Teal  club get-together organised by Glen and Maggi, with a magnificent wind-blown drive round the hills and  narrow lanes of rural Wales, preceded by a day out in two rented narrow-boats on the Llangollen Canal, and by a visit to the local car museum. Emphasis was also  on the social side in the Chainbridge Hotel, built right alongside the impressive, noisy,  fast-flowing, rocky River Dee in spate.

 

Above: at the front our Club Secretary Andy (La Tecla) greets the new day, as does John 'Honey' King in the background, while in the second photo our Chairman Bob (Red Baron) is all set up for a Le Mans start... 

 

 

 


 

At the Llangollen Car Museum on the Sunday, three wise men (well, John, Colin and George) admire Tealer Vince's magnificent Onyx ( a little jewel ) with Teals beyond...the Onyx is also seen below:

 

 

 

The Onyx's beautifully-finished 1400 cc K-Series engine is shown here. Vince is a perfectionist, and it shows.

 

 

 

 

 

On the narrow boats on the beautiful  Monday it quickly became clear that  two Tealers stood out as to the rudder born, captains of their vessels:  Colin and John.   Others, including notably your correspondent, belonged to the crash and bump school, as they zig-zagged erratically downstream, colliding with anything that obstructed their passage....  Here are the natural stars, and their shipmates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tuesday Teal Run departed at a leisurely 1000, guided by Glen and Maggi, who led us up into the hills via the dramatic Horseshoe Pass, then  threading via a good B-road through attractive scenery to join the A5 and a pit stop for coffee (and Vimto) at the Country Cooks Cafe at Corwen (good car park too).   As we swung north in close formation dark clouds gathered, and we pulled into Betys-y-Coed for exploration and lunch - hoods went up and tonneaus went on as the drizzle continued (well, we were in Wales after all).  Our leader (Captain Sensible) was reasonably confident that the skies would clear after lunch, and so it proved:  A wizard return run through narrow lanes, snaking hill roads, cattle grids and sheep hazards ensued, ending back at Llangollen town for ice cream, Coronation chicken sandwiches, and Welsh cream teas with Earl Grey (not all at once).

 

* The splendid Tealers on this welcome Welsh gathering were Maggi and Glen, June and Andy, Dot and Phil, Irené and Colin, Jean  and Rupert, Janice and David, Pam and Neil, Wendy and John, Bob, Vince, George, Francesca and Brian. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sensible Teal Tourer 

 

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DUTCH  TREAT 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAGNIFICENT  NEW  TEAL TYPE 43 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Teal colleage in the Netherlands Aaldert  Postma has been on a five-year mission to design a new Teal Type 43, commission the car and have it  built in the UK by Mike Hall,  transport  it to Holland, re-engineer the 2500 Triumph straight 6 motor, sort out  the transmission system, commission a totally new 1920s-look hood, install electrics and instruments,  trim and paint the beauty and then put her on the road for trials.  His dedication has been rewarded in August 2016 near Amsterdam when this magnificent Teal Type 43 finally took to the roads  as seen here on its trial run  - with no faults found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The delightful result, with Teal badge proudly displayed at the top of the radiator mesh, deserves the highest praise.   We congratulate you, Aaldert, for both the concept and the determination over several years to make this fine Teal a reality.   She makes an admirable companion for your other Teal, her splendid  sister Type 35 below.  Bravo! Een uitstekend resultaat!

 

 

 

 

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TEALS  AT  HANWORTH  AND  UXBRIDGE 

 

 

Over the summer in the South East, Teals have been prominent at the Hanworth and the Uxbridge Classic Car shows.... 

 

 

 

 

Four Tealers in particular have lead the charge - Angelo in his lovely Type 35 Pur Sang (above)  and ... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David in his splendid Teal Type 59 (above) with impressive new windscreen .... and David Ward in his lovely and powerful DNA or 'Dolly' (below) :

 

 

 

 

 

 also our Club Sec Andy Dutton in the impressive 'La Tecla':

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Thanks for the photos, Antonio..


 

 

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ANOTHER TEAL RE-DISCOVERED

 

New Teal of the Week No 150 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-discovered in Somerset this month (August 2016) is this early Teal Type 35, fibreglass but with a steel bonnet; unusually for an early car it is  complete with a Triumph 6-cylinder 2000 cc motor, and is for sale at £10,000....

 

 

 

 If you'd like to discuss buying  RTT626 W, our new Teal of the Week No 150,  call  evenings or weekends on  07856 055226 .

 

Thanks to The Teal Owners' Club Website at www.tealownersclub.org for the info, Colin

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TEALS - Mid-August 2016 

 

 

Last month Neil and Pam of Phoenix fame joined Colin and Fiona  (Vital Spark) at Tealer's John and Wendy's in Shropshire for a few days of Tealing (and eating).  Here Fiona and Colin come face-to-face with a sheep drove up John and Wendy's drive - luckily Vital Spark can take it....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Pam was chosen (unsurprisingly) as Miss Shropshire Honey,  promoting the good stuff  on John and Wendy's Shropshire Honey stall ...

 

 

 

 

 

and a trip to Stokesay Castle led to Tea for Six ( L to R:  Pam, Colin, Fiona, Wendy, John - and Neil on camera) 

 

 

 

 

 

Here Pam prepares Phoenix for the journey from Ludlow back to Sheffield while Neil is on camera - such improptu  Teal gatherings are the very essence of the Club - and great fun.  Our best wishes to The Shropshire Six....

 

 

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TEALS ABROAD 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The question is often asked: are there many Teals abroad?  The answer is yes. Where? people then  ask.  Well, let's start with Japan - above is Mr Tominari's fine Type 59 Teal parked outside a Tokyo restaurant.

 

 

The Teal Type 59, designed by Bob Jones as a homage to the fabled Bugatti Type 59, is small, very fast and  most  attractive.  In 1994 a Japanese journalist living in Britain, Mr T. Tominari,  bought a Jaguar-powered straight six 4.2 litre Teal Type 59 (delivered to him in Reading from Projects of Distinction  by Bob Lewis, who built this fine sporting car),  and shipped it back to Japan when he left UK.  Below Mr Tominari  is enjoying this beauty in Britain before he departed , and more than 20 years later above is the same Teal Type 59  in Tokyo...last year (2015), Bob Lewis met up with Mr Tominari in Tokyo and viewed the Type 59 in its garage there;  full circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OK, that was  a Teal Type 59 in Japan, but what about a bit further away? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Day is a fine wine creator in the vineyards of Southern Australia, and he also  has a fine taste in cars: here he is  above in his Teal Type 59 on the day when our own  Oz Tealer Keith Lidgerwood (now sadly departed) visited him there three or four years ago, and ....

 

 

 

 

 

 

...here's the cockpit and exhaust detail of Robin's fine Type 59.  A couple of glasses of the finest red were consumed that day, I believe. 

 


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OK, that's a  Teal Type 59  in Japan,  and  also in Australia - and there's another Type 59 in the Southern Hemisphere -  in Johannesburg, South Africa: 


 

 

 

 Jim Cope imported this beauty from Cambridge, UK, in 2014, and has had considerable work done on the cooling system, since the high altitude and considerable heat of Johannesburg led to a tendency to overheat. The wheels were blue, but are  now back to silver, with some additional charming details on this fine Type 59: 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the photos, Jim 

 

 

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Variable Distance Teal 

 

 

'What's that?',  you ask  quite reasonably - a variable distance Teal?  A variable distance from home, that is, home where it was conceived - sometimes thousands of miles, sometimes 30 miles (Liverpool); because this Teal is an attraction on a cruise ship...


 

 
 
This is a rather unusual situation for a Teal: outside a cafe/restaurant in the main entertainments area on board  a cruise ship....
 
 
 
 
 
Several Tealers who love cruisin' have noticed this rather attractive Type 35 on board "The Navigator of The Seas" in the main concourse. A  Teal badge  is displayed low down at the front.  Do any Tealers recognize this attractive car? (PS: Andy and Colin both believe the maritime Teal was previously  owned by Jack Hilton.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Teal bears a classic Teal numberplate with Ettore Bugatti's initials, and has fine lines (and brake covers, rather like Andy Dutton's and Jeff Turner's ) .  Let's hope one day soon she will be released from playing the role of The Flying Dutchman, endlessly wandering the seas without a crew, and return happily to the roads of Britain with a stalward Tealer at the helm... The ship belongs to Royal Caribbean Lines if you want to make an offer.

 

 

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More Teals in far-flung parts of the world to come over the next few weeks....

 

 

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TEAL EVENTS - 2016

 

Details of Teal Owners' Club events are listed in detail on the new TOC club website with when, where and who to contact. I've counted fourteen different Teal rallies, car shows, parties and get-togethers over the next eight months. Here's the link:

www.tealownersclub.org

copy and paste into your browser for full info...

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 Talking of Old Classics....

   

 
 
 
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 39,  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 and 14 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 and 2015 in Sussex and Hampshire, Kent, East Anglia,   Lancashire, The Peak District, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Wales, Oxfordshire, and unusual adventures in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as well as overseas trips to much of Europe, most recently (2015) to 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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  TEAL CARS   -   HOME PAGE   

 

 

 

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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