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 Teals Chester Run 2011

 

 

  The website for lovers of the Classic Teal Marque

 

 

 

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BUGATTI  or  TEAL  ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tealers never forget that their lovely cars are inspired by the beautiful and functional creations of Ettore Bugatti.  Is this a fine 1920s Bugatti Type 35?  

 Well, no: it's Colin Andrews' lovely aluminium-bodied Teal Type 35 boat-tail  'Puddle Jumper', photographed from an unusual angle... but it needs a second or third look to tell, doesn't it?  

 

 

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NEW TEAL OF THE WEEK - NUMBER 130

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Responding to my appeal for photos of those Teals not yet recorded on this website  as  a Teal of the Week, Surrey-based Teal owner and driver Keith Baldwin kindly sent pictures: he bought his fine aluminium 4C/1800 Teal Type 35 boat-tail  in July 1993 from Paul Hague, who subsequently purchased a new Teal from Bob Jones in July 1998 (comment: this was late in the manufacture of Teals).

 

 

 

 

 

 Keith says that after 22 years of  ownership of his Teal  'I can't think of another car which is such good fun'.   Tealers agree.

 

 

 

 

ps: sorry the photos are not as crisp as they might  be: this is the fault of the incompetent webmaster, Brian. 

 


 

 



 


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THE NEW TEAL SPIEL HAS ARRIVED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooray!  The Spring 2015 issue of Teal Spiel has arrived, and is packed with articles and interest for lovers of Teal cars:  up-coming Teal events and trips (including Portugal); Teals at Brooklands; Teal Spares available from the Club; articles by Angelo de Souza and David Ward on 'My Teal'; news from Tealer David in France  about  his Teal and Onyx ;  how to make a stainless steel Bugatti-type radiator surround, the buck having been donated to the club by Peter Colley (thanks); bolt-on brake drums; a Teal for sale; Teal days out in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales coming up courtesy of Dot, Phil and Glen; news from Neil and Pam Bridges and John King; Suzi the Editor and Andy the Enforcer's news; Bob Mills' thoughts while darning his socks and polishing his Teal (not necessarily at the same time); the Calendar of Events; Dame Glenda Sensible's personal problems page; Aaldert's two beautiful Teals (Types 35 and 43) photographed in The Netherlands; how to solve radiator over-heating problems and reproof your hood (if any), not necessarily at the same time (again); welcome to three new Club Members;  insurance, tyres and Teal maintenance, the latter at Ward's wonderful Teal-Friendly garage...all this, and also Captain Sensible's provoking thoughts on love, life, and the meaning of Tealing.  A bargain for £18 a year - contact our Club Membership Sec Dot Massey at dot.massey@btinternet.com to join this excellent club and receive your personal copy of Teal Spiel - thanks Suzi and Andy for producing this full-colour delight! 

 

 

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PHOTOS  OF  THE  WEEK 

 

 

 

22nd March 2015:   Below, Angelo de Souza negotiates the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, London  in his splendid Teal Type 35 No  '214' while wearing his washing up gloves .... (photo Antonio - thanks).  Many more pics of Angelo and his  lovely Teal 214  in London this weekend at the Vintage  Classic Car Boot Sale are at this link:

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/arctic_knight09/sets/72157651038036957/

 

Thanks, Angelo, showing the flag in the heart of the capital.


 

 

 

 

 

ps: comments are coming in to this website suggesting that those are not Angelo's washing up gloves, which are pink; they are in fact his gardening gloves. 

 

 

More Pictures of The Week: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Teal Badge bar  - what badges do you have on your Teal?  Please email brncrook@aol.com with interesting/ rare/ humourous badges!  Thanks ... here are some more Teal badge bars, some a little unusual:

 

 

 

 

 An impressive and varied array on this early Teal, including one reading Canadian and American...

 

 

 and the same Teal with different registration plate  eight  years later:  a crisper shot of the badge bar from David Ward who has done much work on the car recently...

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Those appear to be Bass and Old Speckled Hen  badges either side of the Teal   Owners' Club... but that's nothing compared with this 1988 pic of  Roger Butcher's Brillo pad Special:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An impressive line-up of bitters... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Burns' badges are elegant and simple - and his lighting arrangements seem more than adequate...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Williams had the classic RAC and AA badges - and an impressive crank handle on his Teal Type 35 B (note suspension)

 

 

Another very fine Type 35 B wears classic badges: Seven Fifty Motor Club, BARC and Bugatti Owners' Club...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Whitworth's badges on his Teal include The Automobile Club of France, the Bugatti Owners' Club and the Touring Club de France... Stu's Teal looked more like a Bugatti than most Bugattis, so much so that at the National Car Museum/Bugatti Museum of France at Mulhouse he was waved into the private car park reserved only for Bugattis... did the badges play a part?

 

 

 

But perhaps David Ward's own Teal bears the most amusing 'badge' so far: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Bob Jones photos 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Bob Jones delivering an early example of the powerful Teal Type 59 (6C/3800) which he designed and built.  Note the unusual cross-bracing between the front mudguards.

 

 

 

 

Bob Jones happy in theTeal Type 35 four-seater  Tourer which he designed and built.  Bob's favourite photo.  (amended caption)

 

 

 

 

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Where's your favourite photo gone?   Probably to Teal News Page 9 to make room for more pictures here on Page 1; or it may now be on the new HAPPY TEALERS page,   three from the end of this website....see Index left top. 

 

 

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YOUR TEAL 

 

 

Is your Teal under-represented on this website?  If so, please send a few photos and a liitle bit about your Teal and its adventures to brncrook@aol.com   who will attempt to rectify the situation.   Thanks, Tealers. 

 

 

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TEALS  ON  FACEBOOK 

 

 

 

 

Are you a Facebook kind of person.  No?  Me neither.  But here's an exception:  distinguished Teal builder Bob Lewis, who almost certainly made the handbrake of your Teal, and who has been involved in building fine Teal Type 35s and 59s for more than 25  years, has set up a Facebook page for the Teal Owners Club with many fine photos of Teals and Teal events.  And you don't even have to log in to Facebook to see them.

 

Just type  www.facebook.com/tealownersclub   into your browser and up will come an exciting range of Teal-related photos and text.  Give it a try - I did and was most happy that I did so... a recommended link for all Tealers - thanks, Bob.

 

 

 

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REBORN 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Tealers may remember that last autumn John King of Shropshire (The Honey King) acquired a Teal that was not frankly  in the best of condition. Over the past three months he and his engineering colleagues in Shropshire have been working to bring this fine early Teal Type 35 boat-tail up to scratch - and things are going well, judging by the above photo taken in the last few weeks.  John hopes to have her back on the road in the Spring...   this is one of a series of Teals and other classic  Bugatti look-alikes that  John and his team have restored; they are getting a deserved reputation for fine work.  Thank you John  for saving another Teal for enjoyment now,  and also for the pleasure of future generations - she's a honey!

 

 

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VITAL STATISTICS

 

 

THE SKY BLUE TEAL WEBSITE
 
 
 
On 1st January 2007 the www.skyblueteal.co.uk website was launched
 
 
 
On 1st January 2008 there had been a total of   2000 hits
On 1st January 2009 there had been a total of   8000 hits
On 1st January 2010 there had been a total of   18,800 hits
On 1st January 2011 there had been a total of   29,600 hits
On 1st January 2012 there had been a total of   42,400 hits
On 1st January 2013 there had been a total of   56,160 hits
On 1st January 2014 there had been a total of   69,467  hits
On 1st January 2015 there have been a total of  83,031 hits
The latest total is shown on the hits counter at Page 1; thank you for your interest and your loyalty to the only website currently dedicated to the remarkable Teal marque.

 

 
  
 
 

 

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INFO:

 

 

There's now a  Teal News 9 page on this website  with info from  November 2014 to date...

 

 

 

 

 

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 TEAL  TYPE  35B   ORIGINS

(and see further below for a great Teal Type 35B) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Bob Jones - thank you Bob 

 

These photos of Teal Type 35Bs in kit form and under construction were taken at Grimsditch Hall in about 1995 by Bob Jones.  Did you notice the Bugatti-blue Type 35 back right in photo 1?  That's Mike Astill's, the owner of Grimsditch Hall, where Teals were made by Bob Jones in the substantial outbuildings of the Hall from about 1992 to 1998. Many will notice the Type 35Bs narrow radiator, the altered front suspension, the lack of bracing irons across the radiator and the optional rear hatch, as well as the clean beauty of the design of the Teal Type 35B.  Thank you Bob and Mike.   Now see below for a great Type 35B...

 


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Teal Type 35 B created by Philip Searle 

 

 

 

The unique Teal Type 35B shown in the following photos was created by Philip Searle in 2004-2006 with  painstaking  attention to engineering detail and with   no expense spared. The end  result is simply stunning to view and also to ride in.

 

 

 

Type 35B chassis - note front suspension attachment points 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Triumph  6C/2500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Searle 

 

In 2009 this fine car was purchased by John Williams of Wiltshire, to whom I am grateful for the following photos; your webmaster's blue Teal Type 35 is shown beside for comparison two photos down...

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2010 this splendid Teal, surely one of the finest ever built, was sold to a London Teal enthusiast, where it still resides, often mistaken for an original Bugatti to judge by photos and videos on sporting car websites.  Understandably.

 

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TEAL  PROJECT  FOR  SALE 

 

 

 

 

 

Part-finished Teal reluctantly for sale due to new project. Superb workmanship so far, using mainly new parts. Car is V5 registered in my name and checks out on MOT computer. At the moment, the Teal is here with me in France. I could deliver it free to England in the Spring, when my new project is coming from UK, on the return journey. Free overnight accommodation provided for serious buyer. These cars are becoming increasingly rare and valuable. This is a great opportunity for someone prepared to put in a bit of effort. Only looking to recover costs so far, so very reasonable price. I’ll throw in the 2 years labour free of charge!! Please contact me at dave.bugatti@orange.fr

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REMEMBER?

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAL TRIANGLE RUN - SUMMER  2008 

 

Do you remember clearly  the Teal Triangle Run in the summer of 2008? No, me neither, but I remember that  it was fun, and that  it has been  a major  omission from this Teal website.  So I've written  a photo-essay on that happy eight-day run departing from the aircraft museum at RAF Cosford, west into Wales at Lake Bala, to Caernarvon, to Chester, Jodrell Bank  and  Holmfirth, and across the North Yorkshire moors to lovely Robin Hood's Bay. You can find this essay, with many photos of our run,  half way down the index at left at Teal Triangle Run - 2008.  I hope you may enjoy the happy memories it triggers. 

 

 

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


 

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Your favourite photo or Teal of the Week may have been moved to the Teal News 9  page or to the Teal of the Week 121-140 pages ; it's quite fun looking, and sometimes one finds something quite unexpected...

 

 

 

 

 

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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 . 

 

 

 

 

 

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Favourite Photos

 

 

 
 
 
 
Can't find your favourite photo or Teal news item?  Have a look at Teal News pages 1 to  9  towards the end of this website, to where  items  previously on Page 1 are transferred.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
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Want to buy or sell a Teal? Tealers may like to browse 

 

 www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk

(Type Teal Bugatti into their search box at very top of  their page)

 
 
 
 
 
   
  
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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 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.  

 

 

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  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.  

 
  
 
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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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THINKING ABOUT AN INSURANCE QUOTE FOR YOUR TEAL?
 
Adrian Flux Insurance support our Teal Owners' Club magazine Teal Spiel.  They   specialize in sports car and kit car insurance, and offer up to 15% off  for Teal Owners' Club members, limited mileage discounts of 1500, 3000 and 5000 miles per annum,  and can also offer an  agreed valuation on your Teal.  If you are thinking of getting an insurance quote for your Teal, one option is to call 0800 089 0035, or  log onto www.adrianflux.co.uk/kits for their specialist department.
 
 
 
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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)

 

Please enjoy the website - and the Teals...