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Two very early Teals made by Ian Foster in 1984 and  badged as 'Worsleys'... 







You're right, they're rubbish photos, but all I have of the Worsley badge,  blown up from 1983/4 images.  The later 1984/5 Teal badge soon  graduated to this:




Complete with Harry Potter lightning flash, designed by Mike Alderson, Ian Foster's southern sales agent in 1985, and made in enamel in Andover.


and then this in 1987:




with several variations: 













 By 1988 Bob Jones had introduced the splendid art-deco Teal badge which we know and love:





 and which adorns most Teals today.







Bob Jones takes Fran Crichton (see Teals in the 80s page with Lindsay Crichton) for a spin in Ian Foster's very early Teal HKA while it was still in GRP bodywork, before Bob re-bodied it for Ian in aluminium .




Ian Foster's 1984 'HKA' and Lindsay Crighton's 'Bluebottle', two of the earliest Teals built. 





Early Tealer Dave Wilson sits beside Lindsey Crichton's Bluebottle, now re-registered as JSU 534.  Note the soda siphon tap positioned on the radiator cap and.... 





....Dave 'using' it to wash his hair. 


 These photos of Bluebottle were taken 30 years ago.  Can she still be around and running today?  Judge for yourself - here's a photo found on the internet by Dave Bellis and David Ward: 






Could this be (formerly dark blue) Bluebottle?  What's that on top of the radiator cap? 











There's a great new facility at the official TOC website www.tealownersclub.org, run by Colin for the Club.   He's opened a Gallery where Club members can submit their favourite photo(s) of their Teal,  which will then be put on line in glorious colour for all to enjoy.  Just go to www.tealownersclub.org and click on Galleries, then submit your photo. It's simple and easy (I've tried it) and there are already lots of interesting photos of our favourite cars.  Thanks, Colin.












Some Fine Bugattis

Here I have photos of many delightful Bugattis - and the odd delightful Teal to keep you on your toes... 


(with thanks to the Bugatti Club of Italy and Jaap Horst's Bugattipage.) 






















































































































Welsh Beauty 







John King and Wendy's delightful and well-restored supercar at Lake Bala in North Wales on a recent trip from the Kings' Shropshire Manor House.... many of us wondered how John had become the super-helmsman that he demonstrated on the Teal Llangollen narrowboat run a couple of months ago.  The secret can now be revealed below:






It turns out that skilled businessman and restorer John King has a superyacht anchored not far away from King's Manor, which he helms whenever he can be spared.      It's a honey.



John King (above) is often laid up having his bottom scraped.  So a chap needs a back-up spare boat, especially a busy bee-keeper....







 And here's the beemaster's spare - sweet indeed.



Wishing all Tealers days of wine, roses - and honey- in 2017 












Now prepare yourself for a shocking sequence of photos..... 













1932 Bugatti Type 51 at Chateau Impney; Mr  Edmund Burgess clipped the kerb and.... 







This was the result; mercifully the marshals were on the spot immediately, and Mr Burgess crawled out from under his lovely Type 51, and went for a medical checkup.  This occurred  on 16th July 2016. Phew. 


You're also thinking about the car, right? So am I: Scraping along on radiator, bonnet, racing screens, fillers, boat-tail. Ouch. 












Spider Run Special? 


Someone's pretty handy with a hammer and hacksaw to form the bodywork. But what is it, and what chassis does it run on? 








Without Comment: 







Bugatti Camionette (with sofa)






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! 



TEAL EVENTS - 2016/2017


Details of Teal Owners' Club events are listed on the new TOC club website with when, where and who to contact.  Teal rallies, car shows, parties and get-togethers are all there in TealSpiel magazine for members or here's the website 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, 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.  














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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