What's special about today, 25th September?
It's Tealer Neil Bridges Birthday.... will he sit in majestic Phoenix and eat his fruit cake, or play one of his lovely melodies on guitar on You Tube, or take a sunlit trip with Pam into the Yorkshire Dales? Whichever, we wish this fine young Tealer all the best for the years ahead, and thank him for his good companionship down many happy Teal trips...
and below two of more Neil's fine Teals - and his Mike King....
At David Ward's Egham garage yesterday (21 Sep) I was delighted to see four Teals: Dizzy, Gigi, David's own DNA, and the splendid Teal Grand Tourer ('The Cream Cracker'), repatriated by David B and Janice after 28 years in Belgium - a fine car re-discovered.
My main purpose at David's was for my MG TF: a cleaning underneath, de-rust of surface rust and then waxoil of key areas, as well as the annual MOT test. I also spent a delightful day with David chatting about all things Teal and much else, and drove back happily, with the top down and the wind in the hair, through sunlit September Surrey and Sussex - all Tealers will know that feeling of joy on the winding minor road, surrounded by open fields and woodlands, and a with a responsive car in one's hands - a total delight!
SEPTEMBER 2016: TEALERS IN N. WALES
From 4th to 7th September, 21 Tealers * met up in Llangollen, North Wales, for a Teal club get-together organised by Glen and Maggi, with a magnificent wind-blown drive round the hills and narrow lanes of rural Wales, preceded by a day out in two rented narrow-boats on the Llangollen Canal, and by a visit to the local car museum. Emphasis was also on the social side in the Chainbridge Hotel, built right alongside the impressive, noisy, fast-flowing, rocky River Dee in spate.
Above: at the front our Club Secretary Andy (La Tecla) greets the new day, as does John 'Honey' King in the background, while in the second photo our Chairman Bob (Red Baron) is all set up for a Le Mans start...
At the Llangollen Car Museum on the Sunday, three wise men (well, John, Colin and George) admire Tealer Vince's magnificent Onyx ( a little jewel ) with Teals beyond...the Onyx is also seen below:
The Onyx's beautifully-finished 1400 cc K-Series engine is shown here. Vince is a perfectionist, and it shows.
On the narrow boats on the beautiful Monday it quickly became clear that two Tealers stood out as to the rudder born, captains of their vessels: Colin and John. Others, including notably your correspondent, belonged to the crash and bump school, as they zig-zagged erratically downstream, colliding with anything that obstructed their passage.... Here are the natural stars, and their shipmates:
The Tuesday Teal Run departed at a leisurely 1000, guided by Glen and Maggi, who led us up into the hills via the dramatic Horseshoe Pass, then threading via a good B-road through attractive scenery to join the A5 and a pit stop for coffee (and Vimto) at the Country Cooks Cafe at Corwen (good car park too). As we swung north in close formation dark clouds gathered, and we pulled into Betys-y-Coed for exploration and lunch - hoods went up and tonneaus went on as the drizzle continued (well, we were in Wales after all). Our leader (Captain Sensible) was reasonably confident that the skies would clear after lunch, and so it proved: A wizard return run through narrow lanes, snaking hill roads, cattle grids and sheep hazards ensued, ending back at Llangollen town for ice cream, Coronation chicken sandwiches, and Welsh cream teas with Earl Grey (not all at once).
* The splendid Tealers on this welcome Welsh gathering were Maggi and Glen, June and Andy, Dot and Phil, Irené and Colin, Jean and Rupert, Janice and David, Pam and Neil, Wendy and John, Bob, Vince, George, Francesca and Brian.
The Sensible Teal Tourer
MAGNIFICENT NEW TEAL TYPE 43
Our Teal colleage in the Netherlands Aaldert Postma has been on a five-year mission to design a new Teal Type 43, commission the car and have it built in the UK by Mike Hall, transport it to Holland, re-engineer the 2500 Triumph straight 6 motor, sort out the transmission system, commission a totally new 1920s-look hood, install electrics and instruments, trim and paint the beauty and then put her on the road for trials. His dedication has been rewarded in August 2016 near Amsterdam when this magnificent Teal Type 43 finally took to the roads as seen here on its trial run - with no faults found.
The delightful result, with Teal badge proudly displayed at the top of the radiator mesh, deserves the highest praise. We congratulate you, Aaldert, for both the concept and the determination over several years to make this fine Teal a reality. She makes an admirable companion for your other Teal, her splendid sister Type 35 below. Bravo! Een uitstekend resultaat!
TEALS AT HANWORTH AND UXBRIDGE
Over the summer in the South East, Teals have been prominent at the Hanworth and the Uxbridge Classic Car shows....
Four Tealers in particular have lead the charge - Angelo in his lovely Type 35 Pur Sang (above) and ...
David in his splendid Teal Type 59 (above) with impressive new windscreen .... and David Ward in his lovely and powerful DNA or 'Dolly' (below) :
also our Club Sec Andy Dutton in the impressive 'La Tecla':
Thanks for the photos, Antonio..
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
TEALS - Mid-August 2016
Last month 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....
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
Variable Distance Teal
'What's that?', you ask quite reasonably - a variable distance Teal? A variable distance from home, that is, home where it was conceived - sometimes thousands of miles, sometimes 30 miles (Liverpool); because this Teal is an attraction on a cruise ship...
More Teals in far-flung parts of the world to come over the next few weeks....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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