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The website for lovers of the Classic Teal Marque
BUGATTI or TEAL ?
Tealers never forget that their lovely cars are inspired by the beautiful and functional creations of Ettore Bugatti. Is this a fine 1920s Bugatti Type 35?
Well, no: it's Colin Andrews' lovely aluminium-bodied Teal Type 35 boat-tail 'Puddle Jumper', photographed from an unusual angle... but it needs a second or third look to tell, doesn't it?
NEW TEAL OF THE WEEK - NUMBER 130
Responding to my appeal for photos of those Teals not yet recorded on this website as a Teal of the Week, Surrey-based Teal owner and driver Keith Baldwin kindly sent pictures: he bought his fine aluminium 4C/1800 Teal Type 35 boat-tail in July 1993 from Paul Hague, who subsequently purchased a new Teal from Bob Jones in July 1998 (comment: this was late in the manufacture of Teals).
Keith says that after 22 years of ownership of his Teal 'I can't think of another car which is such good fun'. Tealers agree.
ps: sorry the photos are not as crisp as they might be: this is the fault of the incompetent webmaster, Brian.
THE NEW TEAL SPIEL HAS ARRIVED!
Hooray! The Spring 2015 issue of Teal Spiel has arrived, and is packed with articles and interest for lovers of Teal cars: up-coming Teal events and trips (including Portugal); Teals at Brooklands; Teal Spares available from the Club; articles by Angelo de Souza and David Ward on 'My Teal'; news from Tealer David in France about his Teal and Onyx ; how to make a stainless steel Bugatti-type radiator surround, the buck having been donated to the club by Peter Colley (thanks); bolt-on brake drums; a Teal for sale; Teal days out in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales coming up courtesy of Dot, Phil and Glen; news from Neil and Pam Bridges and John King; Suzi the Editor and Andy the Enforcer's news; Bob Mills' thoughts while darning his socks and polishing his Teal (not necessarily at the same time); the Calendar of Events; Dame Glenda Sensible's personal problems page; Aaldert's two beautiful Teals (Types 35 and 43) photographed in The Netherlands; how to solve radiator over-heating problems and reproof your hood (if any), not necessarily at the same time (again); welcome to three new Club Members; insurance, tyres and Teal maintenance, the latter at Ward's wonderful Teal-Friendly garage...all this, and also Captain Sensible's provoking thoughts on love, life, and the meaning of Tealing. A bargain for £18 a year - contact our Club Membership Sec Dot Massey at email@example.com to join this excellent club and receive your personal copy of Teal Spiel - thanks Suzi and Andy for producing this full-colour delight!
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
22nd March 2015: Below, Angelo de Souza negotiates the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, London in his splendid Teal Type 35 No '214' while wearing his washing up gloves .... (photo Antonio - thanks). Many more pics of Angelo and his lovely Teal 214 in London this weekend at the Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale are at this link:
Thanks, Angelo, showing the flag in the heart of the capital.
ps: comments are coming in to this website suggesting that those are not Angelo's washing up gloves, which are pink; they are in fact his gardening gloves.
More Pictures of The Week:
Typical Teal Badge bar - what badges do you have on your Teal? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with interesting/ rare/ humourous badges! Thanks ... here are some more Teal badge bars, some a little unusual:
An impressive and varied array on this early Teal, including one reading Canadian and American...
and the same Teal with different registration plate eight years later: a crisper shot of the badge bar from David Ward who has done much work on the car recently...
Those appear to be Bass and Old Speckled Hen badges either side of the Teal Owners' Club... but that's nothing compared with this 1988 pic of Roger Butcher's Brillo pad Special:
An impressive line-up of bitters...
Pat Burns' badges are elegant and simple - and his lighting arrangements seem more than adequate...
Tony Williams had the classic RAC and AA badges - and an impressive crank handle on his Teal Type 35 B (note suspension)
Another very fine Type 35 B wears classic badges: Seven Fifty Motor Club, BARC and Bugatti Owners' Club...
Stuart Whitworth's badges on his Teal include The Automobile Club of France, the Bugatti Owners' Club and the Touring Club de France... Stu's Teal looked more like a Bugatti than most Bugattis, so much so that at the National Car Museum/Bugatti Museum of France at Mulhouse he was waved into the private car park reserved only for Bugattis... did the badges play a part?
But perhaps David Ward's own Teal bears the most amusing 'badge' so far:
Two Bob Jones photos
Bob Jones delivering an early example of the powerful Teal Type 59 (6C/3800) which he designed and built. Note the unusual cross-bracing between the front mudguards.
Bob Jones happy in theTeal Type 35 four-seater Tourer which he designed and built. Bob's favourite photo. (amended caption)
Where's your favourite photo gone? Probably to Teal News Page 9 to make room for more pictures here on Page 1; or it may now be on the new HAPPY TEALERS page, three from the end of this website....see Index left top.
Is your Teal under-represented on this website? If so, please send a few photos and a liitle bit about your Teal and its adventures to email@example.com who will attempt to rectify the situation. Thanks, Tealers.
TEALS ON FACEBOOK
Are you a Facebook kind of person. No? Me neither. But here's an exception: distinguished Teal builder Bob Lewis, who almost certainly made the handbrake of your Teal, and who has been involved in building fine Teal Type 35s and 59s for more than 25 years, has set up a Facebook page for the Teal Owners Club with many fine photos of Teals and Teal events. And you don't even have to log in to Facebook to see them.
Just type www.facebook.com/tealownersclub into your browser and up will come an exciting range of Teal-related photos and text. Give it a try - I did and was most happy that I did so... a recommended link for all Tealers - thanks, Bob.
Tealers may remember that last autumn John King of Shropshire (The Honey King) acquired a Teal that was not frankly in the best of condition. Over the past three months he and his engineering colleagues in Shropshire have been working to bring this fine early Teal Type 35 boat-tail up to scratch - and things are going well, judging by the above photo taken in the last few weeks. John hopes to have her back on the road in the Spring... this is one of a series of Teals and other classic Bugatti look-alikes that John and his team have restored; they are getting a deserved reputation for fine work. Thank you John for saving another Teal for enjoyment now, and also for the pleasure of future generations - she's a honey!
There's now a Teal News 9 page on this website with info from November 2014 to date...
TEAL TYPE 35B ORIGINS
(and see further below for a great Teal Type 35B)
Photos: Bob Jones - thank you Bob
These photos of Teal Type 35Bs in kit form and under construction were taken at Grimsditch Hall in about 1995 by Bob Jones. Did you notice the Bugatti-blue Type 35 back right in photo 1? That's Mike Astill's, the owner of Grimsditch Hall, where Teals were made by Bob Jones in the substantial outbuildings of the Hall from about 1992 to 1998. Many will notice the Type 35Bs narrow radiator, the altered front suspension, the lack of bracing irons across the radiator and the optional rear hatch, as well as the clean beauty of the design of the Teal Type 35B. Thank you Bob and Mike. Now see below for a great Type 35B...
Teal Type 35 B created by Philip Searle
The unique Teal Type 35B shown in the following photos was created by Philip Searle in 2004-2006 with painstaking attention to engineering detail and with no expense spared. The end result is simply stunning to view and also to ride in.
Type 35B chassis - note front suspension attachment points
In 2009 this fine car was purchased by John Williams of Wiltshire, to whom I am grateful for the following photos; your webmaster's blue Teal Type 35 is shown beside for comparison two photos down...
In 2010 this splendid Teal, surely one of the finest ever built, was sold to a London Teal enthusiast, where it still resides, often mistaken for an original Bugatti to judge by photos and videos on sporting car websites. Understandably.
TEAL PROJECT FOR SALE
Part-finished Teal reluctantly for sale due to new project. Superb workmanship so far, using mainly new parts. Car is V5 registered in my name and checks out on MOT computer. At the moment, the Teal is here with me in France. I could deliver it free to England in the Spring, when my new project is coming from UK, on the return journey. Free overnight accommodation provided for serious buyer. These cars are becoming increasingly rare and valuable. This is a great opportunity for someone prepared to put in a bit of effort. Only looking to recover costs so far, so very reasonable price. I’ll throw in the 2 years labour free of charge!! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
TEAL TRIANGLE RUN - SUMMER 2008
Do you remember clearly the Teal Triangle Run in the summer of 2008? No, me neither, but I remember that it was fun, and that it has been a major omission from this Teal website. So I've written a photo-essay on that happy eight-day run departing from the aircraft museum at RAF Cosford, west into Wales at Lake Bala, to Caernarvon, to Chester, Jodrell Bank and Holmfirth, and across the North Yorkshire moors to lovely Robin Hood's Bay. You can find this essay, with many photos of our run, half way down the index at left at Teal Triangle Run - 2008. I hope you may enjoy the happy memories it triggers.
...if you'd like to copy this whole website into your own computer, including more than a thousand photos of Teals, use the excellent and totally legal website copier provided by Microsoft Windows at www.httrack.com ; then you'll find this Teal website in it's entirety in the 'my websites' file in your Documents folder or your HTTrack folder. It works, and you can update your download any time. Recommended.
Your favourite photo or Teal of the Week may have been moved to the Teal News 9 page or to the Teal of the Week 121-140 pages ; it's quite fun looking, and sometimes one finds something quite unexpected...
Note: Previous Teals of the Week are shown on the Teals of the Week 1-20 website page, Teals of the Week 21-40 page, Teals of the Week 41-60 page, Teals of the Week 61-80 page, Teal of the Week 81- 99 page, Teal of the Week 100-120 page, and Teal of The week 120-140 (see index left) - the aim is to build up week by week, in no particular order, a data base of photos of as many Teals as can be found .
Want to buy or sell a Teal? Tealers may like to browse
(Type Teal Bugatti into their search box at very top of their page)
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 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 and 7, 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 and 2014 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. 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 email@example.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.
TEAL CARS - HOME PAGE
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.
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
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.....
Your not always well-balanced webmaster Brian on the Long Mynd during the Shrewsbury Run
Photo: Dot (thanks, I think)
Please enjoy the website - and the Teals...