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WWW.SKYBLUETEAL.CO.UK 

 

The website for lovers of the classic TEAL marque 

 

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Bon Voyage to the tenTealers in five Teals  setting off  for an 18-day trip through Spain and Portugal to the Douro Valley - what a fine journey, and a terrific example to us all - safe travels - and please bring back lots of pics of exciting Teals in Iberia...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CORNISH   BEAUTY 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, not Demelza; this is Peter Colley's lovely Teal Type 35 at Charleston, Cornwall, where ten other Tealers met up with him in June 2014 on Spider Run 2 - pretty  Charleston is where they film the maritime/dock scenes in Poldark - and Demelza...

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's Peter (from Falmouth) in the photo.  Peter has modified his fine Teal to his own design for comfort and weather protection - the mudguards are unusual and attractive too, aren't they?  Also see next photo...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Colley has long been a distinguished member of the Teal Owners Club, joining the previous Teal Land's End to John O' Groats run in 2007, and contributing widely and wisely  to our Teal Owners Club club magazine TEAL SPIEL.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

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 Boat-tails

Lazy, hazy summer days ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TEAL QUARTET  AT COLIN  AND IRENÉ  ANDREWS' HOME

 

 

See the feature 'DRIVE-IT DAY' further down this page ...

 

 

Colin Andrews' Teal T35 boat-tail back left, Angelo de Souza's back right, Tim Beezley's centre, David Ward's  foreground.

 

Is this one of the best  close group photos of Teals that we have seen?

 

  Thanks, Antonio de Souza

 

 

 

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AUTO  ITALIA AT BROOKLANDS

 

 

 

 

The Brooklands Auto Italia Event was all about celebrating Italian cars and their makers - Ferrari, Bugatti (Franco-Italian), Alfa Romeo, Maserati, all were there - and Teals (above) - well, David and Angelo are quite fond of pizza... and there was a splendid 1930 Fiat Ballila (below), just our type of car:

 

 

 

 

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 The best view in Britain?

 

 

 

 

 

 Dartmoor, June 2014

 

 

 

  

 

 

Rupert and Jean lead across Dartmoor in June 2014 - and they're leading a five-car Teal Run to Portugal in May 2015 - in a couple of weeks' time.... here they are followed by Dot and Phil and  Bob Mills...

 

 

 

 

 They're behind you!

Big Jeff and Mary lead the pack....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corolla and Roger in their magnificent four-seater Teal Type 35 Tourer in Scottish Border country.

 

 

 

 

 John 'Honey' King and Rupert enjoy their fine Teal Type 35 boat tails

 

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 DRIVE-IT    DAY

 

 

On Sunday 26th April, Tealers David Ward and Angelo and Antonio De Souza set out for Bicester near Oxford, the new Classic Car Restoration and Display centre on a former RAF airfield.  They called in to meet up with Tim Beezley, and Colin and Irene Andrews at their lovely home near Wallingford, and after refreshment all four Teals departed  for Bicester...

 

 

 

 

 

  At Colin and Irené's

 

 

 


 Bicester on Drive-It Day (with Teals)

 

 

 




Triple T35s (aren't they glorious?)

 

and there was a rather fine Bugatti Type 13  in attendance: 


 

 


Bugatti Type 13 Motor  (a gem)

 

Bicester Classic Car Centre is highly recommended by the Tealers - an excellent day out... 

 

 

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INFO:

 

 

Your favourite photos may have been moved to the Teal News 9 page on this website,   with info from  November 2014 to 9  April 2015. There is also now  a new Teal News 10 page from 10 April 2015 onwards...

 

 

 

 

 

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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE:  See his terrific Teal tales at page 39,  one page from the end of this website
  
           
  
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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 and 10 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.  

 

 

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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.  

 
  
 
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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 )
 
 
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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

 

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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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Footnote

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)

 

 

 

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