ANOTHER TEAL RE-DISCOVERED
New Teal of the Week No 150
Re-discovered in Somerset this month (August 2016) is this early Teal Type 35, fibreglass but with a steel bonnet; unusually for an early car it is complete with a Triumph 6-cylinder 2000 cc motor, and is for sale at £10,000....
If you'd like to discuss buying RTT626 W, our new Teal of the Week No 150, call evenings or weekends on 07856 055226 .
Thanks to The Teal Owners' Club Website at www.tealownersclub.org for the info, Colin
LAST WEEKEND (Mid-August 2016)
A few days ago Neil and Pam of Phoenix fame joined Colin and Fiona (Vital Spark) at Tealer's John and Wendy's in Shropshire for a few days of Tealing (and eating). Here Fiona and Colin come face-to-face with a sheep drove up John and Wendy's drive - luckily Vital Spark can take it....
and Pam was chosen (unsurprisingly) as Miss Shropshire Honey, promoting the good stuff on John and Wendy's Shropshire Honey stall ...
and a trip to Stokesay Castle led to Tea for Six ( L to R: Pam, Colin, Fiona, Wendy, John - and Neil on camera)
Here Pam prepares Phoenix for the journey from Ludlow back to Sheffield while Neil is on camera - such improptu Teal gatherings are the very essence of the Club - and great fun. Our best wishes to The Shropshire Six....
NEXT (LONG) WEEKEND
From Sunday 4th September to Wednesday 7th September about 16 Tealers (at the latest count) are getting together in Llangollen, North Wales for a visit to a car museum, also to rent a narrow boat or two, and to enjoy a run round the delightful Welsh country lanes ( a run in cars, you understand), and above all to enjoy eachothers' company. We'll report post event, and Teal Spiel will have a full exposé for Club members...
The question is often asked: are there many Teals abroad? The answer is yes. Where? people then ask. Well, let's start with Japan - above is Mr Tominari's fine Type 59 Teal parked outside a Tokyo restaurant.
OK, that was a Teal Type 59 in Japan, but what about a bit further away?
Robin Day is a fine wine creator in the vineyards of Southern Australia, and he also has a fine taste in cars: here he is above in his Teal Type 59 on the day when our own Oz Tealer Keith Lidgerwood (now sadly departed) visited him there three or four years ago, and ....
...here's the cockpit and exhaust detail of Robin's fine Type 59. A couple of glasses of the finest red were consumed that day, I believe.
OK, that's a Teal Type 59 in Japan, and also in Australia - and there's another Type 59 in the Southern Hemisphere - in Johannesburg, South Africa:
Jim Cope imported this beauty from Cambridge, UK, in 2014, and has had considerable work done on the cooling system, since the high altitude and considerable heat of Johannesburg led to a tendency to overheat. The wheels were blue, but are now back to silver, with some additional charming details on this fine Type 59:
Thanks for the photos, Jim
More Teals in far-flung parts of the world to come over the next few weeks....
The Duke of Westminster presents Bob Jones with The Queen's Award for Industry for the design, manufacture and sale of Teal sports cars in Manchester. (1988)
Many photos and much Teal info has recently been moved to the 'TEAL NEWS 14 from May 2016' page of this website...
ODE FROM THE GREAT GLEN
In Praise of Teal Girls
An ode from the heart, for all Tealers, for all time. Thank you for putting our thoughts into words, Captain Sensible, you old Yorkshire romantic...
Oops; amendment : - very fine Dave Bellis Onyx
Teal Type 35B built by Philip Searle
(Note the suspension = 35B)
T35B Ex Philip Searle / John Williams
now the mount of lucky and wise A. Halabi in London
Ex Keith Lidgerwood/John King Teal Type 35 'Silver Streak' in Ludlow Castle, Shropshire. Note the wheel spats.
On the Teal Tulip run to Holland, (Amendment 2): Neil captures the scenery with Pam in Phoenix, while Aaldert leads from the front in his Type 35. Note: Aaldert's T35 is an an ultra-rare left-hand drive Teal.
The Teal Owners' Club (TOC) President's Trophy, usually awarded annually for a year. It's a model in bronze of a Bugatti Type 59, and quite beautiful.
Bugatti Type 35 refuelling - looks like it had quite a large tank...
In Holland distinguished Tealer (well,two Teals actually) Aaldert has been carrying out a major re-build on his unique (and very beautiful) Type 43 Teal. This has included major work on the engine ( Triumph 6/2500 ), gearbox and drive train including the rear axle... here are some photos of the details:
Checking out the cooling system
Special oil filter kit
gearbox and prop shaft overhaul
Triumph engine rebuild and re-installation
Aaldert also sent photos of the grand ORCA Oldtimers' tour of Southern Britain in late-May 2016.... here's a description of the tour:
PS: apologies to Aaldert that some lines are a bit wonky - copying email to website isn't always a perfect fit - as demonstrated - Brian C.
Teal welcome for ORCA at Harwich from Bill and Richard
Pre-war photo of Tealers greeting ORCA?
Speedy David Brown arrives in his delightful Teal Type 59
ORCAs and Tealers at Benson, Oxon
Tealers Jean, David and Rupert greet ORCAs beside the Kennet and Avon canal at Kintbury, Berkshire.
Tealers and ORCAs lunch on a horse-drawn canal boat on the Kennet and Avon
Jean, Rupert and Grasshopper at Ludlow Castle. Distinguished Tealers Jean and Rupert have led the Hampshire, Sussex and Kent runs, as well as the Portugal Push, and have taken part in numerous Teal runs over the past 20 years both abroad and at home, including both Spider Runs, in two different Teals...
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:
copy and paste into your browser for full info...
Talking of Old Classics....
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 and 2015 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. 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
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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.....
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