A Significant Visit


Yesterday (19th August) Tealer John Williams motored 150 miles from his home in Kent to Ramsbury, Wiltshire in his attractive  Teal Type 35 boat-tail  to discuss with your current webmaster (Brian) the setting up of a new official  Teal website, both for the general public to access, but also  with many pages available solely to members of the  Teal Owners' Club.  Our TOC Committee, who have authorised this exciting project,  will be letting us know the details in due course, but plans are now well advanced.  Watch this space!  Meanwhile here are photos of John's Teal yesterday....







Isn't she a delightful clean-cut classic? 










Please see the new SPIDER RUN 1 -2007 page of this website, four pages from the end.  This is a celebration of the splendid 2007 Teal Run from Land's End to John O'Groats in which 34 cars took part; it is for direct comparison to the next page, this year's Spider Run 2 in the opposite direction.  I hope you enjoy the photos and narrative of 10 epic  days in June 2007 ...










Do you remember the Teal  Triangle Run ( Summer 2008)  with clarity?  Me neither.  But it's not represented on this website, was good fun, and I'm going to have a stab at putting photos of  the highlights on a new web page...RAF Cosford,  Porthmadog,  Lake Bala,  Chester,  Jodrell Bank, The Pennines, Holmfirth, The Yorkshire Moors, Robin Hood's Bay...soaked.  Watch this space.













This weekend Northern  Tealers Glen, Maggie, Pam, Neil, Dot, Phil and Vince got together socially and to compare  cars - I've seen photos before of Vince's  beautiful Onyx, but never between two Teals as here : she's a tiny gem - with the emphasis on tiny.  A Bugatti Type  37 on which she is most accurately modelled is pretty small too... Neil says she gets admiring looks everywhere, and accelerates very rapidly.  Here's another shot of the Lancashire/Yorkshire accord.  Thanks for the delightful and most instructive pictures, Neil.










Teal:  'It's just the gypsy in your soul.....' 





Teal Type 59 with Jaguar 6C/4200 engine









 Ron Arnold's dark Dorset Beauty





What do you think of those black wire wheels? I love them, feel it makes the Teal look more 1920s/30s period...



















At the weekend Angelo, David Ward, Cliff Sedman and Ernest Neil were flying the flag for the Teals among the Benleys, Bugattis and other classics at Brooklands.  The car of The Show was chosen, and the cup presented to:  Angelo De Souza and his Teal Type 35 Boat-tail 214!   Teals have become well-respected in their own right for the quality oftheir  build, the beauty of their  lines and the  practical usability of these fine sporting machines. Congratulations, Angelo. 





















After the June/July Spider Run 2, Neil ( Biggles ) Bridges and Pam decided on a run up the magnificent and rugged Northumberland coast and on into Scotland in their splendid Teal Type 35 four-seater 'Phoenix'.  Here they are at the redoubtable Bamburgh Castle, near to Lindisfarne on the North Sea coast... 






I  feel that Phoenix is one of the most elegant Teals in the Club, and her surroundings at this noble castle seem totally appropriate. Neil also is one of the most noble Tealers of them all, warm-hearted, generous and funny - and Pam the most charming (mine's a pint, Neil)


Here are Pam and Neil exiting the gates at Cartmell, en route for York...( don't Oxford and Cambridge blues go well together?)



And again  in action on Spider Run 2 in June, following Jeff and Mary in their sporting two-seater, and leading Dot, Phil and Bob on the way south....










with thanks to Glen, a sensible captain









About this website:  Tealers and browsers of www.skyblueteal.co.uk may notice some small changes to the website, moving it more towards a database of Teal history, Teal construction, Teal rallies and events over past and recent years, individual Teals of the Week, and more recent Teal news from 2007-2014.  Browsers may like to dip into specific pages, read photo stories of past events right up to Spider Run 2 of June 2014, copy photos (right clicking is rather helpful), join the Teal Owners' Club, or browse Captain Sensible's tall tales of Tealing.  There will no longer be the forum or contact us pages, to reduce the need for daily monitoring and replies to the hundreds of  emails which come in from all over the world due to the popularity of  Teals.  We hope you may continue to enjoy news and images of these delightful cars...





...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. It works, and you can update your download any time. Recommended.
















 ...see the new Spider Run 2 page towards the end of this website.










Your favourite photo or Teal of the Week may have been moved to the Teal News 8  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 . 







Favourite Photos



Can't find your favourite photo or Teal news item?  Have a look at Teal News pages 1 to 8  towards the end of this website, to where  items  previously on Page 1 are transferred.

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)

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 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 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." 
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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...