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WWW.SKYBLUETEAL.CO.UK 

 

 

 

The website for lovers of the classic TEAL marque 

 

 

 

 

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 Bugatti Type 35B, Bugatti Type 51, Bugatti Type 59

 

 

 

 

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HAWES 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of June there was a considerable Teal gathering (with considerable Tealers) at Hawes for some splendid runs through the Pennines on the Lancashire/Yorkshire borders in God's Own Country... Here's the view of Tommy's backside (and others) from Neil and Pam Bridges' Teal Phoenix, as Phil opens one of many sheep gates out on the Moors...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four-Seater The Red Baron (TOC Chairman Bob Mills) on Pole  next to Phoenix and five fine two-seater Teal Type 35s beyond - a sight to gladden any enthusiast's eye  ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many Tealers does it take to change an 18-inch Wire Wheel?    About five. Meanwhile Irené  keeps cool under her sunshade and Colin enjoys Puddle Jumper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheerful Tealers relax with a glass of lemonade.

Many Tealers will recognize bearded George Rainsford and lovely Helen, back (with their Teal) from living in France;  see George's own page on this website, with excellent photos of Teals in France and Spain over the past 25 years.  Welcome home to Blighty.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the hills and far away.... 

 

Pam and Neil, who kindly sent the Hawes Run photos to our Sky Blue Teal website, speed across the North Yorkshire Moors in the delightful Phoenix Teal Type 35 four-seater - thanks, folks - it looks like a memorable  trip...

 

 

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RAMBO 

 

 

Many Teal Owners' Club members will recall our delightful Tealing adventures with our much-respected and treasured  Tealer  friends Neil and Vicky Ramsay...last year they sold the lovely Vital Spark and purchased the equally-lovely (sorry, folks) Morgan  Plus Four which they now drive.  In recent weeks Neil and Vicky have enjoyed a great 3000-mile adventure in Italy and the French Alps, as these photos attest - she's a beauty, with a rather special rear  luggage box for bags  (with brake light) - and an individual number plate for Rambo!  More please...

 

 

 

 


Photos: Vicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE  ONYX  HAS  LANDED 

 

Notable Teal-builder  and francophile Dave Bellis yesterday (29.6.15) brought his delightful newly-rebuilt Onyx to David Ward's garage for final checkout  before progressing to France for last details to be completed.  She's a complete gem - as near-looking a Bugatti Type 37 as you can get without the breath of Ettore himself on her.  Have a look for yourself, and see what you think:

 

 

 

 


 

The black colour really suits the bodywork, I feel; now with a little French mud and oil on her, might she be admired at Angouleme next year?  Bravo, builders Dave and  John,    and David Ward at Egham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Ward checks with Molsheim  whether  a car more beautiful than a 1929 Bugatti Type 37  is allowed on the roads...

 

 

 

 

 David Ward and justifiably-proud owner Dave Bellis check out the Onyx systems

 

 

 

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TEALS   IN   IBERIA 

 

The full story (nearly) of the splendid Teal push to Spain and Portugal under Jean and Rupert's guidance will be revealed in Teal Spiel for Teal Owners' Club members in two weeks' time (mid July).  In the meantime here are  few pictures to whet your appetite for endless blue skies, open roads, fine scenery and delicious sporting cars... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Teal Clubhouse (Iberia Branch)

 

 

Thanks June and Andy for these photos, and we look forward to Teal Spiel - to secure your copy join the Club by emailing dot.massey@btinternet.com  You'll be most welcome.

 

 

 


 

 

 


 


 



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Lots of photos have been moved to the Teal News Page 10, to make room for more on Page 1 of :   

  www.skyblueteal.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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.  

 

 

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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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