A year ago on 3rd June our Teal colleague and friend Keith Lidgerwood died in Cheshire; we miss him.
 
 
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WOODLAND TEAL  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tealer Andrew Smith  from Chesham has been out and about at local Buckinghamshire events, getting rather damp at fetes such as Hyde Heath  in the process ( a natural Teal hazard) , and sends us  this fine woodland photo of his lovely Teal Type 35 boat-tail 4C/1700. Andrew is a professional photographer and part-time pilot, and after a quiet Tealing period in 2013 is getting his  terrific Teal back on the road with the Club in 2014. 
 
If my reporting seems rather biased towards this lovely Teal, that's because it is: for several years your webmaster enjoyed temporary custody of UVJ 840, when we enjoyed Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, the Lakes and Scotland together, and I still have a very soft spot for her, then called Brigitte.
 
   Thanks, Chilterns Andrew,  and a happy summer's Tealing with UVJ840...
 
 
 
 
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Brooklands:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Brooklands last weekend:  Angelo's pretty sure he's beyond help...
 
 
 
 
Antonio, Cliff and Andy display differing costumes for the Brooklands Charity Day...
 
 
 
 
David Ward's terrific Triumph six-cylinder supercharged Teal  was widely admired at the show; and  his reserve transport was   painted an appropriate colour.
 
 
 
 
 
Jo, MG Alan's wife,  sitting pretty in David's Teal DNA 
 
(Alan has several fine MGs, and spotted Teal of the Week No 118 for us  at  Moss's Triumph and MG spares in  Hanworth, west London - thanks, Alan!)
 
 
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 This unusual Bugatti Type 35 has a hood, running boards  and twin spare wheels on the back.  The driver looks like he's broken down beside the autoroute/autobahn, but Tealer Wolfgang tells us the caption in fact says:  "On grand tour. Emil Bremme with his 35 B. The sports coachwork was built by the owners,  and  designed by the Bachmann-company in Wuppertal."
 
On further investigation Herrr Bremme turns out to be a lucky chap, the heir to a beer factory, as you can read  from this link:
 
 
 
In the photo that  looks a pretty snug all-weather cockpit, rather drier than most two-seater Teals.  Bravo, Herr Bremme for touring in such a small car - a little like the couple below:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Given  the right conditions, most Bugattis can be  just as wet as most Teals...
 
 
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THIRTY  YEARS  OF  TEALS
JOHN O'GROATS - LAND'S END  CELEBRATION  RALLY
 
 
 
Photo: Michael Beales with many thanks
 
 
Update 1.  On the morning of Saturday the 21st June at  John O'Groats , delightful Teals (and delightful Tealers!) join  up for the start of the eight-legged, ten-day  Spider Run 2,  under the guidance of Neil and Vicky Ramsay for the first three legs through Scotland to the Lakes.
 
Bon voyage!  More Tealers will be joining in at Edinburgh, the Lakes, York, Llangolen, Stroud and Exeter en route to Land's End to celebrate 30 years of happy Tealing...
 
 
Update 2:  Beside the Forth rail bridge, southbound Teals take a break...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rupert,Jean,Harry,Carole,Colin, Irené,Neil, Vicky,Dot,Phil and Bob - Tealers all.   Photo: Jean Quested - thanks.
 
 
 
Update 3:  lunchtime, Tuesday 24th June, near Carlisle. The Tealers are joined at Houghton Hall by long-time Teal enthusiast and owner Ian Alecock, who took this photo for us - thanks, Ian:
 
 
 
 
Wednesday and Thursday :  York - More Spidery news to come....
 
 
 
 
Last Time:
 
 
 
 
 
spider run one  2007 - leg one - St Ives
 
 
SPIDER RUN 2:
 
COMING TO A COUNTY NEAR YOU
 OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS
 
20th June John O'Groats
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30th June Land's End
 
20 Teals, 37 Tealers, come and join in any of the eight legs of the Spider
(JOG-Cairngorms-Edinburgh-Lakes-York - Llangolen - Gloucester/Stroud - Exeter - Land's End)
 
 
 
 
 
You'll be most welcome
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Land's End  last time
 
 
more to come 

 

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TEALS ON TOUR - SPIDER RUN 2
 
 
 
Thirty years ago in 1984 Ian Foster offered the first Teal for sale to the general public.  This anniversary year the Teal Owners' Club will be celebrating the success of the marque with a Teal run for Club members from John O'Groats to Land's End from 20th June to 1st July 2014. 
 
All members are welcome to join in for one leg of the run,  or for all eight legs,  or for  as many as they wish, stopping off near Aviemore, Edinburgh, the Lakes, York, Llangollen, Stroud/Gloucester, Exeter and at Land's End itself...
 
 
 
 
The Teal run will be known as Spider Run II (eight legs = spider) and follows the highly successful Spider Run I in the other direction seven years ago.  Full details are  in the Teal Spiel March 2014 and June 2014 Editions for Teal Owners' Club members.  Do come and join us, please.
 
 
 
 
Dot and Phil enjoying the sun in their fine Teal Type 35, scheduled for John O'Groats to Land's End in June to celebrate 30 Years of Teal Cars...
 
 
 
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SEE MANY HAPPY  PHOTOS OF TEALS AND TEALERS ON SPIDER RUN 2 ( 20 - 30 June  2014)  ON THE NEW SPIDER RUN 2 PAGE TOWARDS THE END OF THIS WEBSITE...

 

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 NEW  PAGE:

 

Please see the new SPIDER RUN 1 -2007 page of this website, four pages from the end.  This is a celebration of the splendid 2007 Teal Run from Land's End to John O'Groats in which 34 cars took part; it is for direct comparison to the next page, this year's Spider Run 2 in the opposite direction.  I hope you enjoy the photos and narrative of 10 epic  days in June 2007 ...

 

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ONYX and TEAL 

 

 

 

This weekend Northern  Tealers Glen, Maggie, Pam, Neil, Dot, Phil and Vince got together socially and to compare  cars - I've seen photos before of Vince's  beautiful Onyx, but never between two Teals as here : she's a tiny gem - with the emphasis on tiny.  A Bugatti Type  37 on which she is most accurately modelled is pretty small too... Neil says she gets admiring looks everywhere, and accelerates very rapidly.  Here's another shot of the Lancashire/Yorkshire accord.  Thanks for the delightful and most instructive pictures, Neil.

 

 


 

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Teal:  'It's just the gypsy in your soul.....' 


 

 

 

 

Teal Type 59 with Jaguar 6C/4200 engine

  

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 Ron Arnold's dark Dorset Beauty

 

 

 

 

What do you think of those black wire wheels? I love them, feel it makes the Teal look more 1920s/30s period...

 

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CAR OF THE SHOW - BROOKLANDS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the weekend Angelo, David Ward, Cliff Sedman and Ernest Neil were flying the flag for the Teals among the Benleys, Bugattis and other classics at Brooklands.  The car of The Show was chosen, and the cup presented to:  Angelo De Souza and his Teal Type 35 Boat-tail 214!   Teals have become well-respected in their own right for the quality oftheir  build, the beauty of their  lines and the  practical usability of these fine sporting machines. Congratulations, Angelo. 

 

 

 

  

 

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BIGGLES at BAMBURGH

 

 

After the June/July Spider Run 2, Neil ( Biggles ) Bridges and Pam decided on a run up the magnificent and rugged Northumberland coast and on into Scotland in their splendid Teal Type 35 four-seater 'Phoenix'.  Here they are at the redoubtable Bamburgh Castle, near to Lindisfarne on the North Sea coast... 

 

 

 

 

I  feel that Phoenix is one of the most elegant Teals in the Club, and her surroundings at this noble castle seem totally appropriate. Neil also is one of the most noble Tealers of them all, warm-hearted, generous and funny - and Pam the most charming (mine's a pint, Neil)

 

Here are Pam and Neil exiting the gates at Cartmell, en route for York...( don't Oxford and Cambridge blues go well together?)

 

 

And again  in action on Spider Run 2 in June, following Jeff and Mary in their sporting two-seater, and leading Dot, Phil and Bob on the way south....

 

 

 

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with thanks to Glen, a sensible captain

 

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Bank Holiday Weekend - Teals at The Royal Egham Show

It's the Royal Egham Show in Surrey this weekend (24th August), with a strong classic car showing - and the brilliant flag-wavers for the Teal marque are there, of course: Angelo and David with their fine sporting machinery. Angelo has an unique turn of phrase, and he's now come up with a new one to me "BBB - British Built Bugattis!"

 

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Beauty on the Carpet

You're right, she's lovely. She's a Teal Type 44 with a Ford Pinto 2.0 motor belonging to Teal Owners' Club members Jane and Alan Asher of Berkshire. In fact she's THE Teal Type 44, the only one made - see the Teal Type 44 page of this website for lots more photos, and comparison with a Bugatti Type 44 (tell the difference? Of course you can - but only just). And the Downton cracker in Leicester Square last night's not bad too. B.C. 18th September 2014. Thanks for the photo Jane/Angelo

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Hello, I'm back from my hols in sunny Malta, and have interesting photos of Teals at last weekend's GOODWOOD REVIVAL meeting - thanks to David Ward, who was there (of course) with several other Tealers.... and pictures of an interesting Bugatti Type 73 (by Teal?). See below.

Tealer Andrew Noble was over from the south of France, has been zooming round Britain for the last two weeks in his fine Teal, and couldn't resist Goodwood, naturally.

Angelo admiring Andrew's French backside

The two and four-seater Teal Type 35s of David Ward and Tony Davis enhanced the classic line up....

...As did this pretty Bugatti Type 37, with twin fuel fillers and stylish boot rack (below)


also at Goodwood was this handsome Bugatti Type 44, with optional windscreens, black wires and an impressive-looking hood:

SURPRISE!

Spotted in the Revival show by David Ward was this magnificent Bugatti Type 73 single-seater...but is it all it seems to be on the surface - or is it really a Bugatti in Teal's clothing? See below!

Twenty years ago in Manchester Bob Jones was asked to re-body an original Bugatti Type 73 in the style of a German pre-war racer - here is the lovely aluminium body designed by Bob and built at Teal Cars - is it the same Goodwood beauty? - you decide. More photos of this Teal Bugatti are on the Bob Jones Teal Album page of this website - see index.

As the sun set over Goodwood two more fine Teals were to be seen -Isadora, the mount of that famous founding Tealer and Teal builder Bob Lewis, and the latest delightful Teal (2011)of Richard Ashton side by side (thanks for the photo, Bob) - see Bob's Teal Facebook page for lots more fine photos at

https://www.facebook.com/TealOwnersClub

 

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Now Sold - Sep 2014 

FOR SALE by Distinguished Tealer -

Two Sheepskin Jackets

Star of stage, screen and Emerdale, and founder member of the Teal Owners Club, Bobby Knutt has two fine sheepskin jackets for sale Bobby says:


"Mine is a genuine ww2 pilot's jacket and the ladies' was my wife's; both are large size. Put them down as in perfect condition & will keep a Tealer warm at any speed on the M way. They are less than half the price one would pay for a new one."


£200 each

Contact Knutty at bobbyknutt@btinternet.com or text/call 07831 445820

 

Now Sold to TOC Member Greg in N. America, Sep 2014 

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SOLD - OCTOBER 2014 

TEAL TYPE 35 FOR SALE

Teal Bugatti Type 35 .

One of the best known Type 35 cars in the prestigious Teal Owners Club is now for sale. The Scottish area organiser of the club has extensively developed this fabulous sports car for his enjoyment in tours, rallies, demonstrations and shows over the past 20 summers. Completely sorted in all respects and maintained in top condition this beautiful Bugatti replica has an aluminium body in classic Guards Red with black leather seating. The Aldon MGB engine supplies good torque and power with a gorgeous sound and excellent reliability, whilst new 18" Blockley tyres and the immensely strong box section Iain Foster chassis gives safe and comfortable road-holding. A well proven and much admired example of this marque, and a fantastic dream to drive. Regd 1975. Scottish Borders. Contact Neil Ramsay at alewaterhouse@gmail.com or tel 0776 216 4976.  Note:SOLD OCT 2014

 

 

Sold October 2014 

 

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Teal Cockpit

This is the cockpit of Jeff and Mary Turner's powerful (6C/2500) and stylish Teal Type 35 boat-tail, built by Jeff nearly 30 years ago, with advice from his old friend Bob Jones. The simple elegance of the instrumentation, controls and steering wheel are, to my mind, delightful. What do you think?

Jeff and Mary in action on the Backbone of England run

Dot and Phil Massey's admirable and well-travelled Teal Type 35....

...and admirable and well-travelled Dot and Phil on the same corner in the Pennines as Jeff above.

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FLYING TEALS

Have you ever flown in your Teal? Of course you have. But did you know that there were Teals that flew for hours across the Pacific Ocean, and landed on water? Me neither...

This voyage of discovery started when Dot and Phil on their holiday last month in the Channel Islands kindly sent a lovely postcard of a Sunderland flying boat. Which got me thinking idly, as one does, and I typed Sunderland flying boat into Google images - imagine my surprise when a TEAL came up. And not one but several. It seems that Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL), the predecessor of Air New Zealand , used our much-loved acronym in the 1940s, well before Trafford Engineering Automobiles Limited started creating the beautiful Teal cars designed by Ian Foster and Bob Jones, inspired by Ettore Bugatti.

Arriving for a trip in their TEAL, HM The Queen and Prince Philip...

...To research the long-distance routes across the Pacific Ocean TEAL Airways New Zealand also used Catalina flying boats in the years after the war:

As a footnote, Tealers might be interested to know that an aircraft called a Teal is still currently flying; it's a small flying boat made by Thurston and most useful in locations where lakes abound, such as Canada and Finland... She's nearly as pretty as the Teals we know and love - and a similar colour ...

There is more info and lots of photos of Teal cars with aircraft further down this page; so now we know why the magnificent Teal badge at the head of this page has glorious wings!

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John Williams of Kent's slender and elegant beauty on a recent visit to Wiltshire. When you have a chance, take a close up look at his Type 35 radiator badge and surround - unique and attractive. All will be revealed with a close-up in December as a Christmas treat!

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Teal Cockpit

This is the cockpit of Jeff and Mary Turner's powerful (6C/2500) and stylish Teal Type 35 boat-tail, built by Jeff nearly 30 years ago, with advice from his old friend Bob Jones. The simple elegance of the instrumentation, controls and steering wheel are, to my mind, delightful. What do you think?

Jeff and Mary in action on the Backbone of England run

Dot and Phil Massey's admirable and well-travelled Teal Type 35....

...and admirable and well-travelled Dot and Phil on the same corner in the Pennines as Jeff above.

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FLYING TEALS

Have you ever flown in your Teal? Of course you have. But did you know that there were Teals that flew for hours across the Pacific Ocean, and landed on water? Me neither...

This voyage of discovery started when Dot and Phil on their holiday last month in the Channel Islands kindly sent a lovely postcard of a Sunderland flying boat. Which got me thinking idly, as one does, and I typed Sunderland flying boat into Google images - imagine my surprise when a TEAL came up. And not one but several. It seems that Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL), the predecessor of Air New Zealand , used our much-loved acronym in the 1940s, well before Trafford Engineering Automobiles Limited started creating the beautiful Teal cars designed by Ian Foster and Bob Jones, inspired by Ettore Bugatti.

Arriving for a trip in their TEAL, HM The Queen and Prince Philip...

...To research the long-distance routes across the Pacific Ocean TEAL Airways New Zealand also used Catalina flying boats in the years after the war:

As a footnote, Tealers might be interested to know that an aircraft called a Teal is still currently flying; it's a small flying boat made by Thurston and most useful in locations where lakes abound, such as Canada and Finland... She's nearly as pretty as the Teals we know and love - and a similar colour ...

There is more info and lots of photos of Teal cars with aircraft further down this page; so now we know why the magnificent Teal badge at the head of this page has glorious wings!

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John Williams of Kent's slender and elegant beauty on a recent visit to Wiltshire. When you have a chance, take a close up look at his Type 35 radiator badge and surround - unique and attractive. All will be revealed with a close-up in December as a Christmas treat!

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DUTCH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE


That fine, loyal and charming Tealer AALDERT POSTMA has just won the Concours D'Elegance at his local car show near Amsterdam, and has the champagne to prove it... Aaldert was the originator of the successful Teals to Tulips rally in The Netherlands this spring, and has had his Teal Type 35 totally rebuilt over the past two years, and converted to left hand drive - a rare beast. There are more photos of the beauty below (the Teal, not Aaldert - though many think he should win the prize for elegance himself ; Aaldert says there were no lady judges that day....)

Aaldert owns a second rare Teal, a Type 43 built up from scratch in UK over the last two years and now in Holland. More news of that interesting sporting car shortly... congratulations on flying the Teal flag high, Aaldert.

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Talking of flying....

"Isadora" is the splendid Teal Type 35 four-seater of Bob Lewis, founder member of the Teal Owners' Club in the 1980s, and with Bob Jones builder of Teals, and designer and builder of Projects of Distinction ; almost all of the widely-admired stainless steel handbrakes fitted to Teals are of Bob Lewis' design and manufacture; he has been a key creative figure throughout the past 30 years of Teal history. At one stage 20 years ago Bob needed to sell Isadora, but luckily 15 years later he was able to buy her back. Here she is at Gloucestershire/ Staverton airport, with - is it a De Haviland Tiger Moth? Colin will be able to tell us - he probably once flew her... Isadora is Teal of The Week (TOW) No 33.

Here is Isadora again; Bob recently re-engined Isadora, and also took her to the Goodwood Revival this year in company with several other Teals (see Teal News Page 8). Bob has set up a Facebook page for the Teal Owners Club, where you can see more pictures of Isadora and of other Teals - go to www.facebook.com and tap in Teal Owners Club. Bob/Rob Lewis is also a leading light in the world of firework displays through his company Celebration Fireworks - putting on magnificent shows and winning major prizes internationally...

Bob Lewis and Isadora

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TEALS and AIRCRAFT

Teal cars and old aircraft seem to go well together - indeed the Teal cockpit reminds many of an early aeroplane - here are a few more photos of different Teals with historic aircraft (and in some cases historic Tealers...)

Colin Andrews taxying his historic Teal 'Puddle Jumper', having just flown the Tiger Moth behind....

Neil Bridges' classic Teal Type 35 four-seater ' Phoenix ' at RAF Marham with the superb Avro Lancaster . Neil spent a busy day flying in light aircraft with the Marham Tornado pilots, and proved a natural; must be all the practice in his several Teals...


Brigitte with poser Brian at The Shuttleworth, Collection, Biggleswade. ' Jolly good show, chaps... '

Brigitte again, now owned by Andrew Smith, at his wedding with his wife Jane swinging the prop of his other classic, the yellow 1946 Piper Cub at White Waltham, Maidenhead...

....and Brigitte seen from the air at the wedding celebrations:

Of course, for supreme Teal and aircraft photo one needs Angelo's 214 and Concorde:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/arctic_knight09/7866526046/in/set-72157631258040004


Copy and paste, click, then all will be revealed...

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80,001

I noticed a few mornings ago that the www.skyblueteal.co.uk hits counter was recording 80,001 occasions on which someone has logged on to our Teal website to find out more about these delightful sporting cars and the people that drive them. My thanks to all those loyal Tealers and new browsers who over the past nearly eight years have encouraged and enhanced this website with fine photographs, dramatic deeds and enthusiastic support....

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THE KOP

Tealers Angelo, Antonio, David and Cliff attended on 20/21 September the dramatic hill climb near Princes Risborough in the Chilterns known as The Kop ( http://www.kophillclimb.org.uk/home.html ). On the way Antonio captured these lovely autumnal photos of two unusually fine Teal Type 35s:

and the busy classic car scene at the show....

with much attractive machinery (thanks, David):

Just Lovely....

 

 

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