'The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it; if I had my life to live again, I'd make the same mistakes

- only sooner' 


Tallulah Bankhead 





















This rather fine Teal Type 35 boat-tail (6C/2500 Triumph), sometimes called The Silver Streak, was purchased by Keith Lidgerwood and John Chalmers, together with a Fergus Mosquito replica of a 1930s Aston Martin,  from the estate of a former garage owner in Scotland, and brought to Cheshire.










Unfortunately Keith was becoming unwell at this time, and John is a busy heart surgeon so they were not able to develop the full potential of these fine cars; this Type 35 was then sold to fellow-Tealer, and enthusiast John King from nearby  Shropshire, who spent over a year working on improvements to engine, gear box, brakes and running gear....





After much work and several adventures, John brought his lovely Silver Streak on  Teal rallies in Shropshire, Wales, to Prescott and, memorably on Spider Run 2 with Wendy heading for Land's End.





Silver Streak with John and Wendy at Two Bridges, Dartmoor 






Silver Streak in good company at St Michael's Mount (L to R  Captain Sensible, Violet,  DNA aka Dolly, Silver Streak)



  Eleven Teals at Land's End; Silver Streak central.





 End of the Road: John and Wendy complete Spider Run 2.

After much fun and games, John received from Germany a generous offer, and Silver Streak departed for the Continent to star in the Essen Classic Car Show.  And very fine she looked too, a credit to the Teal Marque:








and John King?  He bought himself another Teal, naturally. 












A Teal Type 35 four-seater appeared on Ebay(7/8/17) which hasn't been seen in Teal circles for about 10 years. She's registered TIL 1930, is dark blue, with an 1800cc engine and she has less than 28,000 miles on the clock.










She has a rather lovely and unusual dashboard for a Teal, with a switch marked aerial (!).  She also is fitted with an elephant Bugatti radiator mascot.










We understand that this Teal was originally bought in uncompleted kit form by Cliff Sedman, completed by him and then sold on many years ago, and that considerable cosmetic improvements have subsequently been carried out...There's no doubt Teal of the week No 154 is  a beauty; but not cheap.   Nor should she be. 






 Thanks Cliff and Andy


Comment:  There are three fine Teal 4-seaters avaiiable at the moment; the one above, Neil Bridges' lovely 'Phoenix' and  Chris's grey-blue Teal, also on Ebay - any one of which would make a fine grand tourer.  Good Tealing  to the lucky purchasers - and you'll be welcome in The Teal Owners' Club (the best £18 worth on the market, and at least a hundred instant colleagues).










Many Tealers will recall that Bob Jones took over the manufacture of Teals from  Ian Foster  in early 1986, and by October of that year was producing re-designed, aluminium-bodied Teals, which were a rapid success with the general public.


Bob couldn't keep up with the demand for Teals from his Altrincham site alone, so he asked Tealer Ben Trumble  in Yorkshire to set up a second manufacturing team (Ben, the two Johns and  Steve the Sprayer), operating out of Leeds, receiving Teal kits from Bob and building them up into complete   aluminium-bodied Teals, painted to the customer's specification; this they did successfully, trading as Northern Classic Sports Cars, for several years.  



The full story is told by Ben on Page 11 of this website "Thrilling Teals", where he also talks about the many miles he covered driving his two Teals (Dizzy 1 and Dizzy 2) far and wide across Europe.  These Teals are still running today. The advertising page above is a reflection of that happy manufacturing period where Teals were being produced on both sides of the Pennines. 


 Thank You, David Brown, for the leaflet.












 Jean, David and Rupert beside the Kennet and Avon Canal on the Dutch ORCA trip last year










Andy, our Club Secretary, laps it up at Angouleme; Ian, Cliff and June also enjoy this fine well-patinated  Bugatti Type 35, and Andy's affection for it....who wouldn't?











Recently I've been over Rye and Hastings way, on the Sussex coast .  It has been p*ssing down.  On the map something caught my eye:  Historic Motor Museum.  Worth a look.  When I got there, at Rolvenden, 15 miles inland from Rye, these cars were parked outside:






and  six more similar beauties in the pub car-park nearby - a club outing, clearly (it was lunchtime).


You enter the museum through an old-fashioned car memoribilia shop - bits and pieces everywhere, a higgledy-piggledy  delight! Entry to the Museum itself is £3.50 ( taken by an old lady and old gentleman ) through the back of the shop, and looks like this: 




and inside that door one is greeted by this sight:





The whole room (and it goes a long way back, then a second room) is packed with 1920s and 1930s Morgan three-wheelers, all magnificently restored over the past 50 years by the old gentleman, Mr Chris Booth.   And one can wallow in nostalgia, for on every side are show cases stuffed with every kind imaginable of pre-war and 50's car memoribilia.  Well worth the £3.50!


It all reminded me of when our Teal Club visited the Morgan factory in Malvern in 2012 on the Tewksbury Run, and we saw many of the delightful new Morgan 3-wheelers (and four-) being hand created before our eyes...





Andy keeps an eye on the Morgan 3-wheeler assembly line 






The finished Morgan three-wheeler - 2012 



And when I came out of the Morgan museum, the rain had stopped. 


Why so much interest?  I must admit I'm biased, because before I had Brigitte Teal, I drove the maroon 4/4 below: 





Yes, it had its plus points: it looked good, it  came with some prestige and pride, and went well in a straight line; but I found the steering very heavy on corners, and at slow speeds, such as when parking, it became a wrestling match... perhaps it was just my car, but when Brigitte Teal came up for offer, what a contrast -  she had all the plus points, and was also a pleasure to drive at any speed. Of course our distinguished Tealing colleagues, Neil and Vicky, previously the owners of Vital Spark, are now the custodians of a splendid  Morgan Plus 4 : 




and Aaldert of the two splendid Teals also has a fine large Morgan Aero 8 which he has brought on Teal and social runs:









Sharon, David, Willie, Aaldert and Francesca with Aaldert's Morgan in Sussex





Addendum: received from Wendy King via Andy Dutton - 






It is also suitable for Tealers of all ages






That ends my Morgan piece - if you are in Sussex/Kent you might like to visit this lovely little museum at Rolvenden TN17 4LP, website www.morganmuseum.org.uk   -  and not far away is the Bentley Wildfowl and Classic Car Museum (nothing to do with Bentleys the cars, but a fine small collection of Classics).


BC  3.8.17 









The 'Teal Bugatti Type 44' currently for sale on EBay is not, in my personal view, a Teal Type 44.  It is a Teal Type 35 four-seat tourer, which, I believe, was not meant in any way by Bob Jones to replicate a Bugatti Type 44. There is only one  Teal Type 44, which was intended to look like a Bugatti Type 44 so far as I know, built by Bob Jones, a completely different shape, with doors, running boards, a different hood profile and with a Ford Pinto 2-litre engine.   The  lovely Type 35 four-seater Teal currently for sale looks very like Teal of the Week No 72. 



This is the only Teal Type 44, so far as we know, intended by Bob Jones to look like a Bugatti Type 44 :


















While the mechanics at David Ward's garage were adjusting the brakes on my little Fiat Panda, DW suggested a spin over to Brooklands in his Teal Type 35 boat tail 'Dolly'.  Yes!  Here David is adjusting  tyre pressures outside the Brooklands Clubhouse on a glorious sunny day....


As a Brooklands member, David has access all areas and we viewed the aircraft museums, including Vickers Vimy,  Hawker Hunters, Jet Provost, Swift, VC10, BAC1-11, and a  Vickers Varsity nav trainer in which I flew in 1963 from  RAF Hullavington, and also the splendid collection of classic sports and racing cars of the 1920s, 30s and Grand Prix racers up to date - a delight.









A number of Brooklands staff and visitors  admired the quality, patination  and lines of David's Teal, also the cockpit instruments and Bugatti steering wheel, and his unusual external gear change:








And when we arrived back at Egham after lunch at Brooklands and an exhilarating supercharged spin back, my Fiat was fixed and ready to return to Sussex.  Personal service indeed from David, Karen and the team - all Tealers receive a special welcome - recommended.













In the Pennines near Hawes, Phil directs Tealers to the right while  our ownThomas Gunz sweeps up stragglers ... 





















Racing Teal Shadows 
























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2.   Teal Owners Club Facebook Pages:




























A few years ago a considerable number of Tealers gathered at Moors Farm House near Welshpool for the long-weekend Welsh borders/Shropshire Run. Dave and Suzi (our Teal Spiel Editor) were there in dad and mum's (John and Pat Elwell's)  Blue Beast (above), as were Dot and Phil (waving above and immediately below):







Neil Bridges joined up with his usual enthusiasm in his then two-seater (now four - 'Phoenix'); behind him you can spot Ron and Sheila in their lovely green four-seater Tourer 'Hirondelle'... 




Bob Mills, our Teal Owners' Club Chairman, motored down from The Wirral in style in his  handsome self-built 'Red Baron'  to join the festivities: 






The inimitable Keith was there (sadly no longer with us) with his Replicar (below) and behind him half-hidden above  is our charming hostess, Henia,  the owner of Moors Farm House, a handsome and well appointed Georgian building of pleasing proportions...





Roger de Havilland was there with the glorious-sounding  'Gigi', and beyond Keith readies his sky blue rear-engined Replicar...





John, Keith's heart surgeon and enthusiastic Tealer/Replicar pilot, had devised a route of rural Welsh beauty and considerable length to challenge us all. Would Bob's motor be up to the job? Yes, in spades!





Here are Keith (driver) and heart surgeon John, who often took it in turns to drive  on many Teal/Replicar runs..






Keen Tealers Chris and Yvonne had brought their sporty LHD TR8 along to the party and.... 






Brian was between Teals (Brigitte had left him, and Violet was yet to arrive), so he brought his pretty modernish MG TF along to keep Chris's  TR8 company -  though just why he had attached a yellow wooden  duck to the boot of the MG  was anyone's guess....can you spot it?






That's the one - called Jemima apparently 







Lovely Harry and Carol (or should that be lovely Carol and Harry - yes) had motored up from Essex, keen to join the Tealing fun, in their fine dark green Replicar (hard left above) - always excellent company, and stalwart Tealers in this country and the next (and the one beyond).


Route plans were handed out, maps consulted, watches synchronised, engines started, throttles blipped, hand signals given and responded to,  and off we went down narrow Welsh lanes through narrower  border tracks, past and through remote sheep-strewn towns (twice sometimes), over dams, up hill and down valley until we had given the cars (and drivers) a thorough testing.  T and P stops were sought, sandwiches eaten, maps turned the other way up, and Moor Farm happily regained.


Here after drinks and a song in the marquee,  a splendid supper was served by our charming hostess in a handsome Georgian dining room on a splendid 16-seat dining table.  More drinks were consumed, dubious jokes exchanged, tall tales told,  a quiz attempted and bonhomie reigned.  And so to bed.




 Next day dawned clear and bright, with a stiff breeze from the west;  some Tealers were returning home, but a hard core pressed on into deepest Shropshire, which as you will know is fairly deep (one of the lovliest counties in England, methinks: unspoiled). High ridges were traversed, the Wrekin spotted, and a happy arrival at a high-altitude gliding club achieved, where these lovely sky sailers were observed and envied. 


Came the parting of the ways:  Lancashire, The Wirral,  Cheshire, Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Oxfordshire, Essex and  Wiltshire all were calling. Hugs were exchanged and promises to meet up agreed.  We had all had a thoroughly good time, brought together by our mutual love of Teals.  




At the traffic lights: Dot, Phil - and Jemima.






































 Teal 4-seater Tourer hand-built by Teal Cars. 1800 cc MGB engine, tax exempt, aluminium body with full tonneau cover, roof and windows. Best front brake covers ever (see photos below).  21K miles.  £28,000 phone 07730701149.

Available for inspection in  Yorkshire 


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( ps: Isn't she a beauty - one of the finest Teals built )









                               CORSICA  TEALER



Many may have read in our club magazine Teal Spiel (Summer Edition) of the adventures in Corsica of Tealer Andrew Noble, who lives in Southern France.  Here are a couple of photos of his Teal Type 35 boat tail, which was widely admired on the island after the initial crossing from Nice to Bastia... 








Andrew's Teal at impressive Restonica Gorge near Corte 








Andrew's Teal is the centre of attention at Col de Bavella in the Corsican mountains 




Andrew adds that Corsica has loads of interesting roads, long, sweeping corners, spectacular gorges, rocky mountains, very few gendarmes, and good hospitality in little hotels with safe parking. The Teal behaved throughout and got a great reception as always in France, people waving, clapping and hooting.


Thanks, Andrew - it sounds a splendid week. 
















Our East Anglian correspondent, Richard Ashton.  was at a Norfolk Sporting  Car Club meeting over the weekend, and was surprised to meet a new Tealer who has just purchased the lovely Teal Type 35 four-seater  BIG2959 shown below, which many Tealers will recognise:




The new owner Nick is a keen enthusiast, has done a lot of work on the car, which Richard says sounds great with the 1800 cc engine and a new  stainless custom-made exhaust.  Welcome, Nick.



p.s. Of course,  the delightful deep blue Type 35 boat-tail is Richard's own beauty. Thanks, Richard.

















 1926 Bugatti Type 37 at FlyWheel 2017, Bicester





On the long weekend 23/24/25 June 2017, fourteen Tealers * enjoyed a splendid long weekend in Oxfordshire under the guidance of Colin and Irené, and Chris and Yvonne. On Friday evening after drinks we dined out together beside the Thames before coffee at Cobshall;  on Saturday morning  Colin and Chris guided us through lovely Cotswold countrside to the Swan at Swinsbrook for morning coffee on the River Windrush with the Mitford sisters, and then led us through Burford, Stow, Moreton and the Fosse Way to the Gaydon Motor museum of British cars which  was terrific, especially with the new Jaguar Building, while some visited Upton Hall (National Trust) near Banbury; we then returned to delightful Cobshall Cottage (Mansion?) for a superb meal conjured from ambrosia and  nectar by Irené and Yvonne - pure delight!



On the Sunday all 14 of us attended  the absolutely outstanding classic car show and flying displays ('FLYWHEEL') at Bicester Heritage - perhaps there were a thousand classic cars there, ranging over a century from 1910 to date, and including a fine Bugatti Type 30 and a delicious Type 37 (above).  Many of the cars demonstrated and showed off noisily and at speed on track, while sunlit biplanes dived low overhead - happy days indeed.  The distinguished attendees were: *  Janice, David and George, Ellen and George, Andy Dutton (Club Sec), Bob Mills (Club Chairman) Rupert, Yvonne and Chris, Brian and Francesca and, of course, Colin and Irené.    


Comments:Lincolnshire George's splendid green Type 35 is currently being modified to fit MGB rear brake drums; and David and Janice's magnificent Type 59, often driven by young George, is undergoing fuel modifications.




Our heartfelt  thanks go to Colin and Chris for organising the whole three days of fun - a classic Teal weekend; and especially to Irené and Yvonne for the wonderful meals.   Here are some photos:

























 Finally, two items seen at the Bicester FlyWheel show, the first amusing and the second endearing:



 Could Mae West's motto equally be applied to a Teal?



and 2, seen on the back of a 1929 Bentley three-litre, perhaps how all Tealers would like to be remembered: 


















 This magnificent Teal Type 43 has just completed it's first full rally in the Netherlands, driven by double-Tealer and owner Aaldert Postma...





 Aaldert writes:   

Yesterday we had a wonderful 125 km tour ( ca 30 degrees Celsius) with 25 Orca classiccars and 50 participants.


It was the first time the Teal43 came in action , lots of attention , headturners  and admirers.


At the finish I realised that there was no cause for concern, concerns about the temperature.
Earlier I  installed an extra fan ,controlled by a watertemp sensor in watercircuit.


The gearbox and engine (completely revised) did a great job,only the front disc brakes need adjustment



and I determined that the aaoooh horn did not work, wires in the dashboard not fixed.
Mid august a couple of Orcaneers come to the Uk (east london) for a  3 nights stay in Good hotel.
More details about this tour soon ( at least two Teals and a Replicar ).





Many Tealers will know that Aaldert  designed this Teal Type 43 with Mike Hall and had it built in Evesham  in 2012/13, with much engine re-building, wiring, fettling, painting, hood design and manufacture,  and final finishing in the Netherlands over the past two years. This result is a total triumph, a credit to Aaldert and a Teal for the Club to be proud of - bravo, Aaldert. I suspect that I am not the only one to   wish it was mine!


More details: Teal of the Week No 126








Skilled Photographer Phil Kroll has invited all Tealers to view his excellent photos of last month's La Vie En Blue at the Bugatti Owners' Club at Prescott - see the Teal Discussion Forum on this website, copy and paste the links into your browser, and enjoy the many happy pictures of Bugattis and other fine classic cars, and many pretty people too!  Here are the links:



 Day 1:    http://prescott-la-vie-en-bleu2017.blogspot.co.uk/


Day 2:     http://prescott2017part2.blogspot.co.uk/




 I prefer the day 2 photos.  How about you? 




















Much info, and many photos which might interest you, have recently (8th April) been transferred to the Teal News 15 page of this website in order  to make room for new items on this page. 









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 57,  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 , 2016  and 2017 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.  














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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