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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







LAST WEEKEND (Mid-August 2016) 



A few days ago 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....









From Sunday 4th September to Wednesday 7th September about 16 Tealers (at the latest count) are getting together in Llangollen,  North Wales for a visit to a car museum, also to rent a narrow boat or two, and to enjoy a run round the delightful Welsh country lanes ( a run in cars, you understand), and above all to enjoy eachothers' company. We'll report post event, and Teal Spiel will have a full exposé for Club members...












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.










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. 




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 




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
















The Duke of Westminster presents Bob Jones with The Queen's Award for Industry for the design, manufacture and sale of Teal sports cars in Manchester. (1988)









Many photos and much Teal info has recently been moved to the 'TEAL NEWS 14 from May 2016'  page of this website... 












In Praise of Teal Girls 







    TEALER  GIRLS           


There’s something about a Tealer Girl, it’s rare that she complains
Though she sometimes sits for hours, in the sun and the wind and the rain
A brush through the hair, fix up the lippy, she’s good to go again
Not for us those delicate creatures who’s lives are all satin and frills
Give us the girl with a sense of fun, who lives for adventure and thrills
Let’s have the girl with a gleam in her eye who views the far horizon
Who likes a good laugh and a drink or two, so it’s really not surprising
That the girls that we’ve got are the creme de la creme
Maybe the best in the world
You can keep the rest for we’ve got the best, just give us a Tealer Girl.



An ode from the heart, for all Tealers, for all time. Thank you for putting our thoughts into words, Captain Sensible, you old Yorkshire romantic...




















Oops; amendment : - very fine Dave Bellis Onyx





Teal Type 35B built by Philip Searle 

(Note the suspension = 35B) 






T35B  Ex Philip Searle / John Williams 

now the mount of  lucky and wise  A. Halabi in London 





Ex Keith Lidgerwood/John King Teal Type 35 'Silver Streak'  in Ludlow Castle, Shropshire. Note the wheel spats.





 On the Teal Tulip run  to Holland, (Amendment 2): Neil captures the scenery with Pam in Phoenix, while Aaldert leads from the front in his Type 35.  Note: Aaldert's T35 is an an ultra-rare left-hand drive Teal.






 The Teal Owners' Club (TOC) President's Trophy, usually awarded annually for a year. It's a model in bronze of a Bugatti Type 59, and quite beautiful.








Bugatti Type 35 refuelling  - looks like it had quite a large tank...




















In Holland distinguished Tealer (well,two Teals actually) Aaldert has been carrying out a major re-build on his unique (and very beautiful)  Type 43 Teal.   This has included major work on the engine ( Triumph 6/2500 ), gearbox and  drive train including the rear axle... here are some photos of the details:





 Checking out the cooling system





 Special oil filter kit





gearbox and prop shaft overhaul 






Triumph engine rebuild and re-installation 





Aaldert also sent photos of the grand ORCA Oldtimers' tour of Southern Britain  in late-May 2016.... here's a description of the tour: 


                  ORCA UK tour 2016 South East England.

12 classic cars, 28 participants joined the Orca-tour 2016  in the UK.


The most exciting experiences  - driving left.
                                                   - historical buildings,castles,museums
                                                     gardens,horseboat  and countrysides.
                                                   - meeting lots of fellowtealers.
                                                   - hospitality .

Day 1- 25th of May.


                               Departure from sunny Citycenter of Assendelft (place we met 11 Tealcombinations in 2014).
                               A tour along the airports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam brought us in Hook of Holland.
                               Check in for the nightferry to Harwich and start for a smooth and safe journey to H

Day 2- 26th of May Arrival , on planning, in the Port of Harwich. Sunny temperatures,
                                a warm welcome  of Teales Richard and Bill
                               made the participants enthousiast on their ,mostly, first experience on the UK roads.
                               Later on Cynthia joined .
                               They guided us over the national roads and picturesque scenery to
                               Sudbury,Buntingford and Biggleswade.
                                A visit to the impressive airplane museum Old Warden and the beautiful Swiss Gardens was beyond our wildest dreams.
                                In Old Warden we  said goodbye to Bill, Richard and Cynthia  and
                                meanwhile  we welcomed Andy.
                                He guided us competent and  speedy  over the national roads to
                                Westoning Whipsnade,Ivinghoe and Tringhill.
                                It was blood-curdling to meet  and hear a Teal 59 in general and
                                to meet his driver David in particular.
                                We   had a lively talk (most about Teals) and a couple of beers,
                                this made David a fast and excellent driver.
                                Andy was our guest for the evening.
Day 3- 27th of May .
                               After  a good meal we left Tringhill ,driving on secondary roads to
                               In the Benson  Waterfrontcafe we had a wonderful view over the marina and
                               a coffeebreak with Tealers Colin, Tim and David W.
                               Various subjects (mostly Teal) were part of our  "family meeting".
                               David W. guided us  along the roads to  Crowmarsh, Aldworth, Norrey
                               and Newbury.
                               In Kintbury we met Jean and Rupert and had a sandwichstop in a local restaurant.
                              They guided us to the Kennet Horseboat landing stage  near  Kintbury.
                               It was a two hours journey in the past on a nostalgic one horse drawn boat
                               on the river Avon. Very exciting.
                               After a well-meant say-goodbye to David,Jean and Rupert the Orcaneers
                               went along  Andover, Stockbridge, Romsey to Ower-Southampton .
                               Hotel excellent but reataurant pretty poor.
                               During dinner plans were made for the next day.

Day 4- 28th of May.
                               Time for a ( sunny) day-off.

                               Some Orcaneers went to the Isle of Wight ,others to the city and
                               footballstadium  of Southampton,
                               Lymington ,Beaulieu Motormusem,,Tudor Gardens and more.
                                During the evening  dinner (in another than the hotelrestaurant)
                                experiences,impressions  and pictures have been interchanged.

Day 5- 29th of May.
                              After a typical English breakfast, the Örca classic queu"
                              left Ower  for a tour on  secondary roads to Romsey,Winchester,
                              Stroud, Peacehaven,New Haven.
                              In the New Haven hotel luggage was unpacked and  a "parade of Orca classic cars "  
                              went their way to the Boulevard of Eastbourne."
                              A real sensation for the drivers and the audience.
                              The dinner and stay in the hotel was magnificent.
                              Hospitality as usual.

Day 6- 30 th of May.
                              The longer the stay, the better the stomacs of most of the Orcaneers got used 
                              to the typical English breakfast.
                              Departure from New Haven lead us to Royal Tunbridge,
                              weather pretty cold,citycenter deserted,coffebars closed and scenery pale.
                              Decissions were made to  visit   Brand  Hatch, the ultimate racetrack.
                              On the Paddock we got excited,   meeting a Dutch classic Morganracer.
                              Later on he struggled Lotus-, Ford Escort-, Mini-, Marcos-pilots.
                              Driving from BrandsHatch to the Blackwelltunnel in the center of London,
                              was pretty tough.
                              A combination of driving left (experienced in the meantime),busy and narrow roads,
                              fast driving Englishmen,,narrow tunnels,
                              this all was part of our UK tour experience.
                              A good dinner and some strong refreshments , after a thrilling day,was well deserved.
                              Shippingprocedure took us nearly two hours, and windforce increased to 8.
                              So most of the Orcaneers (except some die-hards) went to bed
                             (most of them alcoholfree) early.
                              Expecting a rough sea and even more.

Day 7- 31 th  of  May.
                             Little bit pale, but no seasickness, satisfied ,
                             the Orcaneers went home to/near Assendelft.

                             See you next time England  ( with or without Brexit) .

                             Thanks to all the Tealers who helped and accompanied us : Richard and Cynthia
                                                                                                                              Bill van Leemputten
                                                                                                                              Andy Dutton.
                                                                                                                              David, Teal 59, Brown.
                                                                                                                              Tim Beasly.
                                                                                                                              Colin Andrews.
                                                                                                                               David Ward.
                                                                                                                              Jean and Rupert.

                             We will be raising a glass to you all.


Aaldert Postma, ORCA .


PS: apologies to Aaldert that some lines are a bit wonky - copying email to website isn't always a perfect fit - as demonstrated - Brian C. 










ORCA Participants... 





Teal welcome for ORCA  at Harwich from  Bill and Richard





Pre-war photo of Tealers greeting ORCA? 






Old Warden 






Speedy David Brown arrives in his delightful Teal Type 59 







ORCAs and Tealers at Benson, Oxon 






Tealers Jean, David and Rupert greet ORCAs beside the Kennet and Avon canal at Kintbury, Berkshire. 






Tealers and ORCAs lunch on a horse-drawn canal boat on the Kennet and Avon 






























Jean, Rupert and Grasshopper at Ludlow Castle. Distinguished Tealers Jean and Rupert have led the Hampshire, Sussex and Kent runs, as well as the Portugal Push, and have taken part in numerous Teal runs over the past 20 years both  abroad and at home, including both Spider Runs, in two different Teals...
























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:


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
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.  














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.  


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 )
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



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." 


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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