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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: 


                  ORCA UK tour 2016 South East England.

12 classic cars, 28 participants joined the Orca-tour 2016  in the UK.


The most exciting experiences  - driving left.
                                                   - historical buildings,castles,museums
                                                     gardens,horseboat  and countrysides.
                                                   - meeting lots of fellowtealers.
                                                   - hospitality .

Day 1- 25th of May.


                               Departure from sunny Citycenter of Assendelft (place we met 11 Tealcombinations in 2014).
                               A tour along the airports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam brought us in Hook of Holland.
                               Check in for the nightferry to Harwich and start for a smooth and safe journey to H

Day 2- 26th of May Arrival , on planning, in the Port of Harwich. Sunny temperatures,
                                a warm welcome  of Teales Richard and Bill
                               made the participants enthousiast on their ,mostly, first experience on the UK roads.
                               Later on Cynthia joined .
                               They guided us over the national roads and picturesque scenery to
                               Sudbury,Buntingford and Biggleswade.
                                A visit to the impressive airplane museum Old Warden and the beautiful Swiss Gardens was beyond our wildest dreams.
                                In Old Warden we  said goodbye to Bill, Richard and Cynthia  and
                                meanwhile  we welcomed Andy.
                                He guided us competent and  speedy  over the national roads to
                                Westoning Whipsnade,Ivinghoe and Tringhill.
                                It was blood-curdling to meet  and hear a Teal 59 in general and
                                to meet his driver David in particular.
                                We   had a lively talk (most about Teals) and a couple of beers,
                                this made David a fast and excellent driver.
                                Andy was our guest for the evening.
Day 3- 27th of May .
                               After  a good meal we left Tringhill ,driving on secondary roads to
                               In the Benson  Waterfrontcafe we had a wonderful view over the marina and
                               a coffeebreak with Tealers Colin, Tim and David W.
                               Various subjects (mostly Teal) were part of our  "family meeting".
                               David W. guided us  along the roads to  Crowmarsh, Aldworth, Norrey
                               and Newbury.
                               In Kintbury we met Jean and Rupert and had a sandwichstop in a local restaurant.
                              They guided us to the Kennet Horseboat landing stage  near  Kintbury.
                               It was a two hours journey in the past on a nostalgic one horse drawn boat
                               on the river Avon. Very exciting.
                               After a well-meant say-goodbye to David,Jean and Rupert the Orcaneers
                               went along  Andover, Stockbridge, Romsey to Ower-Southampton .
                               Hotel excellent but reataurant pretty poor.
                               During dinner plans were made for the next day.

Day 4- 28th of May.
                               Time for a ( sunny) day-off.

                               Some Orcaneers went to the Isle of Wight ,others to the city and
                               footballstadium  of Southampton,
                               Lymington ,Beaulieu Motormusem,,Tudor Gardens and more.
                                During the evening  dinner (in another than the hotelrestaurant)
                                experiences,impressions  and pictures have been interchanged.

Day 5- 29th of May.
                              After a typical English breakfast, the Örca classic queu"
                              left Ower  for a tour on  secondary roads to Romsey,Winchester,
                              Stroud, Peacehaven,New Haven.
                              In the New Haven hotel luggage was unpacked and  a "parade of Orca classic cars "  
                              went their way to the Boulevard of Eastbourne."
                              A real sensation for the drivers and the audience.
                              The dinner and stay in the hotel was magnificent.
                              Hospitality as usual.

Day 6- 30 th of May.
                              The longer the stay, the better the stomacs of most of the Orcaneers got used 
                              to the typical English breakfast.
                              Departure from New Haven lead us to Royal Tunbridge,
                              weather pretty cold,citycenter deserted,coffebars closed and scenery pale.
                              Decissions were made to  visit   Brand  Hatch, the ultimate racetrack.
                              On the Paddock we got excited,   meeting a Dutch classic Morganracer.
                              Later on he struggled Lotus-, Ford Escort-, Mini-, Marcos-pilots.
                              Driving from BrandsHatch to the Blackwelltunnel in the center of London,
                              was pretty tough.
                              A combination of driving left (experienced in the meantime),busy and narrow roads,
                              fast driving Englishmen,,narrow tunnels,
                              this all was part of our UK tour experience.
                              A good dinner and some strong refreshments , after a thrilling day,was well deserved.
                              Shippingprocedure took us nearly two hours, and windforce increased to 8.
                              So most of the Orcaneers (except some die-hards) went to bed
                             (most of them alcoholfree) early.
                              Expecting a rough sea and even more.

Day 7- 31 th  of  May.
                             Little bit pale, but no seasickness, satisfied ,
                             the Orcaneers went home to/near Assendelft.

                             See you next time England  ( with or without Brexit) .

                             Thanks to all the Tealers who helped and accompanied us : Richard and Cynthia
                                                                                                                              Bill van Leemputten
                                                                                                                              Andy Dutton.
                                                                                                                              David, Teal 59, Brown.
                                                                                                                              Tim Beasly.
                                                                                                                              Colin Andrews.
                                                                                                                               David Ward.
                                                                                                                              Jean and Rupert.

                             We will be raising a glass to you all.


Aaldert Postma, ORCA .


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. 










ORCA Participants... 





Teal welcome for ORCA  at Harwich from  Bill and Richard





Pre-war photo of Tealers greeting ORCA? 






Old Warden 






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...













Francesca setting out to join Spider Run 2 (2014) in  Violet. Soon after this picture was taken we were caught in a torrential downpour ( an experience familiar to all Tealers) near Cirencester, with stair rod rain blown horizontally by a gusting gale for 40 minutes;  we climbed out of the Teal at our hotel in Stroud, as others Teals arrived for the rendez-vous,  absolutely soaked but happy - we had passed the first test.... all Tealers will know the feeling!








 Who are the famous duo below from the 1950's?






















Ron Arnold's handsome Teal Type 35 in the south-west... 












Bob Mills, Teal Owners' Club Chairman,  in his self-built Teal Type 35 Grand Tourer  'Red Baron' on the Spider Run 2 From Scotland to Cornwall;  Bob has been Tealing for more than 25 years to all corners of the UK, and most destinations in Europe...








Andy Dutton, Teal Owners' Club Secretary is the lucky owner of self-built Teal Type 35 boat-tail 'La Tecla'; Andy is a 25 year+  Tealer who  has explored most corners of the UK, and also the Continent in beautiful and powerful La Tecla. Below: Andy and June arrive in La Tecla  for the start of the Llandovery leg on Spider Run 1:





What an experienced Team, Bob and Andy, guiding our Club 


and there's more: 





Phil and Dot at St Michael's Mount on  Spider Run 2 - Phil demonstrates that he has paid and displayed the car park ticket, though lovely Dot, our Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary claims to have paid for it - and Phil's ice cream... Dot and Phil, long-term Tealers both, are just back from Normandy on the Teal summer Continental run...






 Phil happy at Land's End at the climax of Spider Run 2




And there are two more Tealers who have probably led more Teal adventures in the last 20 years  than anyone else in their sensible way.  These are Captain and Mrs Sensible themselves, Glen and Maggie, in their fine Teal four-seater Grand Tourer ( with hood).  But these are not mere wimps: they have also owned a Teal two-seater boat tail (now 'Vital Spark') and a Mike King Type 59 Replica  (both without hoods...)  Here are Glen and Maggie on Spider Run 2 in their well-travelled Teal (also called Captain Sensible...)







Glen coined these golden words, illustrating the essence of Tealing:


We know not where we're going,

It's the road that will decide;

It's not the destination,

But the glory of the ride. 





 Glen and Maggie










The Tealers in France - late June 2016 


An adventurous  fifteen Tealers in eight cars set off for France on 19th June, first assembling at Colin and Irené Andrews' lovely home near Oxford before heading south for Portsmouth...









 Waiting for the ferry on the dockside - Le Havre next stop.





At Etretat, on the Normandy coast...with the Memorial Church and chalk sea arches painted by Monet .  Tealers on the trip included Dot and Phil, Neil and Pam, Colin and Irené, leaders Glen and Maggie Sensible, Tommy  Gunz, Rupert and Jean,George and Helen and John and Wendy...



The Tealers were welcomed to a delightful Norman chateau by the lovely French family who owned it ...with members of the family seated in Neil's four-seater Type 35 grand tourer Phoenix...(also photographed below)








Au Chateau 






Beauties and the Beasts:  family daughters try to make off with Captain Sensible (lucky chap), but are hounded down by the hunting dogs ...





 On long-distance Teal trips such as this one a tool kit is a necessity, and the convenient space behind the seats in the boat tail is a great place to stow tools and cheeses.   Here the basics have certainly been covered.






Fine Teal line-up on the Normandy coast....






  Teal line-up at Fécamp 



Welcome home, Tealers all . Thanks for these photos are due to our special correspondents in Normandy, Neil and Pam - merci, nos amis...



















This unique one-off Teal was specially built in the 1980s by Bob Jones with Peter Farrell (his chassis welder) for the Farrells... and disappeared abroad in 1989. It has doors and running boards - ultra rare for a Teal!  It is Teal of the Week No 64, and has apparently been sitting in a barn in Belgium for the past 27 years.  It has now been purchased by splendid Tealers David Brown  and Janice ( already Type 59 owners), and will shortly be returned to UK - excellent news! It naturally requires some work to make it roadworthy again.  Watch this space for more details in a few weeks' time.  Bravo, David.

















There's a new page of Links to other interesting Teal, Bugatti or Classic Car websites - click on three pages from the end Links page on the index below left, then copy and paste your chosen website.... 










Most of us do not have one quite like this: 








Bug Defender spotted by Tealer Ron Arnold - thanks, Ron, she's unique (I hope)! 





Small Note of Great Interest 



From 18th - 26th June a group of intrepid Tealers are heading south for rural France in the best traditions of Summer Teal runs, under Sensible guidance, seeking culture, landscape, tranquillity, good food, a glass that cheers, companionship - and occasionally petrol.  We wish them bon voyage, and look forward to sunny pictures of lovely locations ( and Tealers).









Many items and pictures have recently been moved to the Teal News 13 page of this website.  A Teal News 14 from June 2016 page will also shortly be introduced... 












 Over the late May bank holiday many  Teals came together from all over our country  for the La Vie En Bleu meeting  at the home of the Bugatti Owners' Club at Prescott, near Cheltenham.  The splendid array of fine cars, Tealers and  tents made a major impression - judge for yourself from these pictures of stylish classics in fine weather. Thank you Jean, Rupert, Neil and David  for the pictures...







No hoods required.... 






 Double rows of Teals...







Teals  and Tealers fly the flag for The Teal Owners' Club ...







Dizzy was there with happy owner Vincent.  Dizzy has enjoyed some recent updating in the most capable hands of our skilled, friendly Teal engineer David Ward, who himself enjoyed the trip in his magnificent Dolly (DNA).   Oh, and I've just noticed: that's a  neat place to rest one's  coffee mug....







Colin and Fiona's Vital Spark enjoying the sun - C. and F. run our TOC Club website at www.tealownersclub.org  - thanks from all...







Tealers relax in the Gloucestershire sunshine... 





Vincent sizes up a little beauty ...





 Angelo on Pole







Rupert and Phil take a temporary break to look at some nearby fine steam engines... 





 A line-up to be proud of....



 A glorious sight on a happy weekend - and in an appropriate location....but the fun didn't end there. John Honey-King then led the Tealers on a glorious tour:









At the Cotswold Air Museum; sharp-eyed viewers will have noticed  that the front two cars are not Teals, but very welcome members of the Teal Owners Club. 


Aviation enthusiasts will have noticed the Gloucester Meteor jet fighters in the background. Your correspondent was lucky enough to train on these beauties as an RAF navigator at RAF Stradishall in Suffolk in 1964, and here we are below in Meteor Night Fighter Mark 14s in training colours:






(Nothing to do with the Teal Tour, but the pull of nostalgia was too strong for me to resist...)  Back to the tour:




 One of the many joys of rural Shropshire is admiring a tail of Teals snaking up the Long Mynd, one of A.E. Housman's glorious Blue Remembered Hills; here on top of the world Phil and Dot greet the camera from their glorious blue remembered Teal.




 Shropshire is well provided with many fine stately homes, and Wendy and John Honey-King being a Shropshire couple were able to lead Tealers to some of the finest...










The air blowing across the high hills along the Welsh border is uplifting , and therefore condusive to gliding. Among the company were skilled air pilots Neil and Colin.  We must ask if they became airborne.


Speaking of Colin, it is well known in Teal circles that he is rather fond of his grub. Colin has never knowingly passed an open feeder, and here the lovely Puddle Jumper outside Mr Bun The Baker bears silent witness to Colin's abiding search for sustenance. 






Puddle Jumper (and Colin) are two of the most respected and senior members of the Teal Owners Club - what a beautiful Teal,  with a magical split screen windscreen.  Colin's not bad looking too.






Mind you, Neil Bridges wasn't far behind Colin in the British Bun stakes.  Here Neil's splendid four-seater Phoenix  awaits his guiding hand.  Thanks for these happy  photos, Neil







Onwards to Ironbridge and Bridgnorth, traditional Tealing country... 








Altogether a great Teal Tour, culminating in a happy three-course meal for all Tealers at John and Wendy's lovely Shropshire home  - Tealers say a warm  thankyou to  Wendy and John King  for navigation, friendship and hospitality...


















from same owner 



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Some Fine Blue Teals... 
















 Teal Type 35B












and Teals of many other colours too! 























I believe this Teal is for sale - she's Isle of Wight based and about £14K.  Angelo has the details and more photos.  Thanks for the heads up, Angelo.... 

















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....


CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 39,  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 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 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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