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Angelo and Antonio enjoy the Prescott hillclimb  in their stylish Teal Type 35 'Pur Sang'... 

 

 

 

 

 David Ward's dream machine Teal Type 35:  DNA ('Dolly'); and below:

 

 

 

 

David and Sharon enjoy Dolly in the sunlight - I  like Sharon's leopard-skin ears... 

 

 

 

 Dot and Phil's Type 35

 

   June and Andy's Type 35 - with Honey 



 

Joyce and Mike Astill arrive for the Knowsley Show  in their fine Type 35.  Bob Jones built Teals for the last four years of his  Teal production at Mike and Joyce's Grimsditch Hall in Cheshire; see the page Bob Jones Teal Album on this website for lots of photos.

 

 

 

 

Wolfgang's fine Teal Type 35 enjoys summer sunshine near Ulm, Baden-Wurttemburg ...

 

 

 

 

Colin's delightful  and well-travelled Type 35 'Puddle Jumper' at Stoneleigh

 

 

 

 

Rupert and Jean's elegant 'Grasshopper' attracts a feline friend in Spain... 

 

 

 

 

Ron and Sheila Stamp's delightful 'Hirondelle' four-seater Teal 35 

 

 

 

 

 Ian and Lavinia, long-time Tealers, cross the bridge on the Lakes and Borders Run in Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

Roger and Carola feel free in Border country 

 

  


 

  



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Many Teal photos and much Teal info has recently been transferred to Teal News Page 14 - so if you don't see what you're looking for, have a check there...see index at left - thanks! 

 

 

 


 

 

Classic: Touring Teals (and a Replicar) en route 

 

(Photo Martin Quested, with thanks) 

 

 

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TEALS  IN  NORMANDY

 

 

 

 

Expert Teal photographer Wendy has sent us some fine pictures of Teals and Tealers in Normandy this summer... Above:

 

Our Tommy 'Lincoln' Gunz in Normandy, June 2016  

 

 

 

 

 George with Norman Guest

 

 

 

 

 Neil in Phoenix with French Lady Guest

 

 

 

En Route: Rupert and Jean enjoy the sunshine in their admirable Teal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Beside the Channel: Sunlit Tealers include Phil, Jean, Rupert, Dot, Maggi, Glen, Pam, Tommy, Neil and George, with Wendy on Camera

 

 Thanks for the photos, Wendy - it looks a happy Teal trip...

 

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A   JEWEL   UNVEILED 

 

 

 

 

Loyal Tealer Dave Bellis sends us from southern France a delightful photo of his splendid Onyx,  just now completed (Nov 2016) after two years of re-build, redesign, reconstruction -  and respray.  The size of a Bugatti Type 37, and with the looks ( and handling) of a starlet, this Onyx is a real gem...  powered by 1500 cc, just like a Bugatti Type 37.

 

 

 

We wish Dave and Jackie good health and bags of fun on the attractive rural routes of France - and, we hope, Britain. 

 

 

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FERGUS MOSQUITO - AND TEAL 

 

Please see new post on the Discussion Forum of this website about Fergus Mosquito for sale - then read this.... 

 

 A couple of months ago I met a charming couple of brothers in our Sussex village driving a Fergus Mosquito.  I took a couple of photos of their car and had a good chat, then as I was near my house I showed them photos of Tealer Keith Lidgerwood's Mosquito, which he was kind enough to let me drive (see photos). From the post on the Discussion Forum, it seeems that the Sussex Mosquito is now up for sale...

 

 

 

The Fergus Mosquito which is for sale, seen in Henfield, Sussex a couple of months ago.

 

 

 

 

Keith in his Fergus Mosquito in Cheshire 

 

 

 

Keith's Fergus Mosquito and Teal Type 35 (The Teal was later John King's, and is now in Germany) 

 

 

 

 

Brian from Henfield driving the Lidgerwood Mosquito  (photo: Keith)

 

see also comments on Discussion Forum.... 

 

Here's a 1980s advert for the Mosquito, built in Devon: 

 

 

 

....while Talking of the Fergus company of Kingsbridge, Devon, a friend in France (called Christian) bought a very pretty  Fergus Wren - a replica of a 1930s Austin Ulster:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn't she delightful?  Built in the 1980s and powered by a 1300cc  Morris Marina engine. Small World. 

 

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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, 2015 and 2016 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 and France (2016).   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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