Spider Run 2 - Tony Davis, Tealer for more than 20 years and now our new Teal Owners' Club Secretary, drives this lovely sporting Teal Type 35 four-seater; here she is  overnight  at Exeter  (with 10 other Teals) en route for Land's End .





The Tealers are back from Dot and Phil's glorious Lakes Run, and had a great time by all accounts (well, certainly Neil and Colin's...).  Well organised, interesting routes, narrow lanes, happy visits - well, what do you expect from Dot and Phil?  The best.  All this and Maggie Foster and the Boys.  Classic Tealing.        B.C.    18.7.18 

















Aaldert took his Willy with him for the splendid ORCA Old Timer's 125 km Rally  - doesn't Aaldert's LHDrive deep blue Teal Type 35 boat-tail look splendid - well worth the four years re-building and countless Euros (and sleepless nights) it took to bring it to this level of perfection. Congrats, Aaldert (and your Willy).


OK, I know it's a bit childish, but quite fun too;  life's a little  too  serious sometimes ....







The Teal Owners' Club was founded in 1988; the 30th anniversary of this happy band of Tealers is being celebrated this year by many Teal meetings and rallies around the country (12 at the last count - see the Teal Spiel Club Magazine or the Club Sec's magical electronic newsletter... )











'Teals Have Soul'  - Captain Sensible












Teals and Tealers at Saumur on the River Loire

















In a Teal a waterproof tonneau is a vital accessory, given the British (and Continental) weather - recent months excepted.  The kind of tonneau that zips down the middle, enabling the  driver to be  in the fresh air and the passenger seat covered, allows the tucking beneath out of wind and rain of route maps, hobnob biscuits (chocolate preferably), mints etc - invaluable companions to a substantial Teal cross-country sortie... 






















Teal sporting cars  were first driven  in 1984; we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Teal Cars in 2014 with the splendid SPIDER RUN 2 from John O'Groats to Land's End - see index left for many SPIDER RUN 2 photos...























Some years ago one of Stuart Whitworth's Teals ended up pranged and at Mike Hall's (photo);  how it happened I'm unaware (do you know?) Anyway Stu created another Teal from a chassis of Mike's, and this chassis above emerged many years later as a delightful Type 43 (in the Netherlands).  Back left you will have spotted one of Bob Lewis' fine classic delivery van re-creations.  Any more info to brncrook@aol.com, please.... 










BUGATTI TYPE 73C : Please read the note  written about  this fine car - with Bob Jones-made body -  by the owner, John Barton.  Details can be found at Page 9, Bob Jones Teal Album.  Thank you John, and thanks, Tealers for absorbing the details.












The skyblueteal discussion Forum may be intermittent temporarily while the new  website provider fixes a glitch; sorry for the inconvenience, Tealers .












Many Tealers will know the attractive and unique Teal known as The Cream Cracker (TOW No 64), recovered from Belgium by David Brown ; she is now being marketed by Total Head Turners of Essex, and instead of being cream (which she has been for the past 25 years), she has now been painted blue...  Did I mention the price? Around £59,000.

















Some people don't like this change much; but I rather like the blue, and especially the Cambridge/Oxford blue contrast  of the rear trunk.  But other changes have also been made, notably the increase in wheel size to 18 inches  from the original; it looks nice, but an expert Teal engineer wonders whether when turning the front tyres will rub  on the massive front wings (see first two photos to compare); and also whether on a bumpy road the vertical movement of the wheels will now destroy the wings.  Any views on this on the Forum, please....















It's June 2018 and a group of Tealers have arrived in the Pas de Calais (NOT Normandy - thank you, La Sauterelle). Here they are parked up in France on day two en route to Eastern France, Ettore Bugatti's house and the Schlumpf car museum (including 200 Bugattis)  ...which Tealers' cars can you spot?







I think I can see Neil and Pam's  maroon MX5 (they've owned three Teals before, and other sporting machinery), and Dot and Phil's boat-tail, also  Captain Sensible and Maggie's  handsome Teal four-seater, and there's Rupert and Jean's  boat-tail, Andy and June (of course),  Shropshire John and Wendy, with  Harry and Carole on this end in their  sporty LHD Replicar.  Please correct me if I'm wrong, chaps (very likely).  Thanks Neil for the photo via Facebook, and to the magnificent La Sauterelle*  for navigation tips via the Forum...  *La Sauterelle is French for the Grasshopper, made famous by the eponymous poem of Guillaume Apollinaire; now who in our Club might have  such a distinguished association?  Any suggestions?  Please see Discussion Forum 2018 July 6th....



















John King of Shropshire, experienced Tealer and entrepreneur, bee keeper and purveyor of top class honey  to the great and good is well known in Teal circles for taking cars that need tender, loving care and restoring them with professional help to roadworthy beauties.  He is still doing so:







Tealer Bill of Ludlow is the lucky recipient of one of John's restored Teals (ex Neil Bridges, who also carried out much work on this Teal after discovery as a barn find in mid-Wales)...



...many Tealers will remember Tealer and restorer Keith Lidgerwood of Cheshire (and Melbourne) who often on Teal runs also enjoyed driving his REPLICAR with surgeon Mr John alternating behind the wheel.  Well here is that Replicar (below) under restoration by John King - and further below, nearly ready:










Tealers have always been close chums with a common interest, and when one is in Holmfirth on Nora Batty's doorstep, what better than a close embrace between Tealer John 'Honey' King and Tealer/MX5/melodious musician Neil Bridges ?








 See the sign, top right....     Thanks for the happy photos, Wendy!























Tealers are regular attenders at the 'La Vie en Bleu' event at the Prescott Bugatti Owners' Club in the Cotswold; 2018 was no different, with a good turn-out and Richard Ashton is on pole... with David Ward beside him. There are some fine and famous Teals here - who else can you spot?














Now that's the way a garage should look!  Six Teals at David Ward's garage in Egham, including red GIGI  really top right, the rare early Worsley/Teal (bottom right), Vince's Type 35 DIZZY (bottom left) and, of course, David's own fine Type 35 DOLLY.  And top centre is David B's handsome Type 59 and centre right Phil Calvert's Teal 35 struck by a pothole - they're a lot of them about at the moment, aren't there?



And here is ENIGMA: 






















A couple of weeks earlier: 








On a lovely, warm Chestnut Sunday at Bushey Park the crowds admire DOLLY (and David!) in the Procession of  the Classics  ... showing the flag for Teals.




The hits counter on this  SKY BLUE TEAL website is recording 120002 on 24th May 2018 .  The website was started on 1st January 2007.  That's eleven a bit years ago.  So we've averaged more than 10,000 hits a year. Not bad for our favourite car - The Teal.  Showing the flag a different way...







The Spirit of Tealing: Dot and Phil at  speed in Scottish Border Country




















 Q1:   Where was this photo taken?


Q2:   What year was this photo taken?



Q3:   How many Teals are there in this photo? (there are more parked opposite)


Q4:   Why has Rupert tilted his racing screen forward?















Many Tealers will know our colleague Aaldert from Amsterdam, the owner/driver of two of the finest Teals in the Club, his superb dark blue LHD Type 35 and the new-design Teal Type 43 in black and red only completed a couple of years ago.  Aaldert was also a leading host of 'Teals to Tulips', the big Teal run to The Netherlands of 2015. Now Aaldert has another project, the complete restoration of his three-wheel Morgan:













This is Aaldert's 1949 Morgan F-Type three-wheeler, a classic British car popular from the 1930s  and very fast, if a bit of a tight fit for a big Dutchman... luckily Aaldert also has a rather larger Morgan which many Tealers will have seen on The Long Mynd in Shropshire, and touring UK with the ORCA Dutch classic motoring club, and he and  Willy fit into that big Morgan grand tourer quite nicely....




We wish Aaldert well, and thank him for this thorough rebuild of a fine British classic; should you want to know more about the F-Type Morgan, there's lots on Google, including this link:




























This splendid one-off Teal (Teal of the Week No 64), built by Bob Jones and Peter Farrell for Peter and his family and recovered from Belgium by David Brown (of Type 59 fame) has now been sold to Total Head Turners of Essex, who may decide to paint it blue. Watch this space....


Footnote - She is now blue (May18). See Item above ... and TOW 64.












TEAL TYPE 44 - AND TYPE 35 (Lucky Devil) 







Most Tealers will know our Former Teal Club Chairman Cliff and his wife Jan.  They have been one of the most adventurous and loyal Tealer couples down the past 30 years, enjoying and leading runs in their silver Type 35  all across this country, and many to France via Angouleme and to Spain, and also  solo Teal trips to France and Norway; they have now purchased the magnificent and unique  deep blue Teal Type 44 as well, and here they both are above.   Long-time Tealers Neil and Pam visited Cliff and Jan recently, and  here Cliff and Pam are  enjoying a sunny local car show and at a fine stately home - what a profile!  Thanks for the photos, Neil - a delight for Tealers' eyes.









On second thoughts, was it just luck that brought Cliff and Jan these two fine Teals?  No, I think not, but a strong determination and the willpower to seek out and  seize opportunities when they offered themselves.  Hats off.






At the Teal Owners' Club AGM on April 15th, respected Club Secretary Andy (The Enforcer) Dutton  stood down after a long  and successful spell in the chair, to be replaced as Club Secretary by Tony Davis, Teal owner and driver for nearly 25 years from 1994; Tony has sent out the first TOC  electronic newsletter to Club members, updating them on coming events and on the latest Teal news. Welcome, Tony.








Much Teal info has  been transferred from this page to the Teal News 17 page (see index left) to make room for more data on this Page 1. 
























 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, 9,10,11,12,13,14,15 and 16 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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