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Two of Cliff Sedman's evocative postcards... 










What Type of Cockpit is this beauty? 






 It's the cockpit of a 1936 Bugatti Type 50 - I'd never seen one before - have you?   (ps it seems reminiscent of the Alfa Romeos and Silver Arrows of the period, models of which I used to play with as a child - remember?)






A fine Teal Type 35 cockpit - two unusual things about this:  the Altrincham on the steering wheel - and is that the spare on the driver's side? 




Remarkable, rare and lovely Teal Type 43 - at Altrincham... 








Without words 










I often feel that USA-based American replicas of Bugattis  look heavy and overdone.  But this beauty is a delight for the eyes.  Agreed or not? 










Fast Lady 










Bugatti Type 51









Teal Type 35 Boat Tail in her natural habitat.

 (Oh look, he's left the handbrake off.  Stop nitpicking, Brian






Alfin Dummy Drums 




 Tealer Richard Ashton of East Anglia has arranged for the production of dummy drum covers for the front disc brakes of his lovely Type 35 boat-tail Teal...






The ALFIN drums are made from aluminium and are finned for heat dissipation as well as having an air vent to further assist cooling and brake efficiency.  They are fitted with a cover on the outside to provide this view: 





 Richard hopes to write a piece on the Alfin drums for Teal Spiel, explaining the manufacture, cost  and installation  of the drums.  Thank you, Richard - and bravo...






Welcome To The Dutch ORCA  Car Club 



Many Tealers will know that double Tealer Aaldert Postma and his colleagues from the ORCA car club based near Amsterdam are arriving in UK next week. This is a reciprocal visit to the Teal trip last Spring  to view the lovely Tulip Fields of  the Netherlands.

The ORCAs will be greeted and escorted from Harwich on Thursday 26th May by Tealer Richard Ashton on Day 1, and other Tealers hope to join the group.  Here  are our Dutch colleagues holding a picture of the Teals in Holland, with Aaldert supporting the right hand end:





 More info  on the ORCA route across southern England with 12 cars and 28 participants :  Thu 26 May Harwich - Shuttleworth aircraft Museum at Old Warden - Tring.  Fri 27th May Tring - Newbury- Andover-Southampton.  Sat 28th May Golf/Beaulieu Car Museum/Shopping in Southampton.  Sunday 29th May Southampton - Winchester - Brighton - Eastbourne.  Monday 30th May Eastbourne-Tunbridge Wells - Colchester - Harwich.


This Dutch rally takes place around the same dates as La Vie En Bleu Teal rally at the Bugatti Owners' Club at  Prescott, Cheltenham, and the subsequent Shrophire/Wales rally - see www.tealownersclub.org for details.







On this occasion our Dutch friends are unlikely to meet a road sign quite like the one below; it's from Yorkshire, of course. (thanks, Glen!) 















 Angelo and Antonio in their fine Teal Type 35  are waved off by Sterling Moss on a London-Brighton rally... iconic.















E-Type?  What E-Type? 





 Tealers in  Scottish Borders country admire Dr Hamish McLeod's fine Teal Type 35 boat-tail....






Suitable for a Woman? 


See Rupert's comments about his and Jean's Grasshopper on the Discussion Forum on the ongoing  subject of  whether a Teal (or a  Bugatti) is a suitable car for a woman...





The delightful Teal Type 35  in question, with adjustable seats. Unique?







Mystery Power Source? 







Harry and Carol have been cheerful and loyal Tealers for many years, joining rallies and social events from Scotland to Spain, and most places in between.   They motor in a dark-green left-hand drive Ruska Bugatti Replica, showing a good turn of speed from point to point:






Which is strange, because when Harry was asked to show us the source of his considerable power(below) 






It turned out to be a multi-purpose 750-Watt microwave oven. Lunch, anyone? 









There has been much recent discussion in the press and celebration  of Her Majesty's 90th Birthday.  Loyal Tealers all over the land have raised a quiet glass. Queen Elizabeth reciprocated, showing she was not too grand to greet some of her humblest citizens, and is seen below with a dozen humble Tealers:






Left to right (back row) :Phil, Pam,Bob,Sheila, Ron,H.M.Queen Elizabeth II, Glen, Maggie, Dot, Colin, Irene.  Neil and Tommy kneel loyally in the foreground.







Wedding News 













Neil and Pam Bridges' impressive Teal Type 35 four-seater 'Phoenix'finely decorated for a friend's wedding.... 





Neil says one could make a fair living using a Teal four-seater for weddings, if it wasn't for.... 




 ...the insurance costs.  Doesn't Phoenix look well in Oxford and Cambridge blue paintwork? The day was lovely and sunny, but you probably noticed in photo 1 that Neil had the wet-weather option covered near the spare wheel.


On another occasion in Cheshire Neil and Pam are  seen arranging a hedge fund with Bob and Wendy.... 





before departing from Sorbie in style ...






Cheerful Pam and Neil have owned at least three Teals and Mike King Bugatti Replicas, and are well-loved stalwarts of the Teal Owners' Club rallies and social events.  Neil is also a skilled pilot and musician. We salute them. 











There are rumours that Teal owners also rather admire the Bugattis which inspired them. We are trying to track down the source of this story.  This evidence recently emerged: 





Ian, Cliff, June and Andy at Angouleme with Type 35 












  Gary Day's immaculate early Teal Type 35





Pat Burns' glorious aluminium Teal Type 35  in Wales (Spider Run 1)





 Brigitte happily near Clun in deepest Shropshire (Spider Run 1 return)


















































 Ok, it's an Alfa, I think - same principle?


Teal or Bugatti - a suitable car for a woman?  

 Comments on the Teal Discussion Forum on this website, please... 








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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