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Please note:  much Teal news and  information has recently been moved to the 'Teal News 11 from July 2015' page of this website, where some of your favourite photos may now be residing.  Why not have a look - page index is on the left of this page.  












Fifteen  Tealers plan to  meet on the  weekend of 3/4 October to enjoy each-others' company and the fine old aircraft flying on Sunday at The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden ( near Biggleswade, just off the A1 ). Tealers have been there on several occasions, going back 25 years, and have always enjoyed the character of the delightful biplanes, which seem to harmonise rather well with Teals.    Photos of the weekend are two below...




And the Shuttleworth weekend  happily  happened on 3/4 October 2015 ... 




Enterprising East Anglian Tealer Richard Ashton (dark blue Teal 35 above) splashed out on 15 tickets at £21 each for the final airshow of the year at The Shuttleworth Trust located at Old Warden near Biggleswade, off the A1... the tickets were quickly snapped up, and on Saturday 3rd  ten Tealers met for a happy pub supper, and were joined next morning by the others for a ten-mile Teal parade from the hotel  to the airshow, causing much pleasure to drivers and viewers alike... below: forming up in the hotel car park...






Front left - powerful Teal Type 59  of David and Janice; Front right Richard Ashton's delightful recently-built Teal Type 35; back left and right - Bill van Leemputten's and Colin Andrews' Type 35 boat-tails.






Above: Bill van Leemputten and Colin Andrews 





David and Janice snug in their Type 59 




Above: Colin and Janice  before the start




Above: Boris Willison arrives from nearby  Potton in his splendid Dri-Sleeve Moonraker, one of four which Boris designed and built in 1972-73, ten years before the Teal was conceived... She's powered by a 1600cc Ford Cortina GT motor.  This was a new type of Bugatti-lookalike for most of us (note the external gear-lever and brake), and we were delighted that Boris and Liz were able to join us for the pub supper, and Boris also for the Old Warden run.  Below, the cockpit of the Moonraker and the badge.  A seperate article  on the Moonraker and Boris will appear below later this week (it's 05/10/15 as I write).







Below: ready to roll... 





 Newly-arrived at Old Warden, an impressive Teal line-up





Richard Ashton on Pole, as befits the organiser of this happy Teal weekend ...






David and Janice (right) with their Type 59, while Richard chats to Sharon (left) behind Boris's Moonraker ...





 The impressive Moonraker  (or  'Bugatti Type 37C'  as I heard it called) 




The ridged boat tail of the powerful Type 59 - and the  slender cockpit...






Teal Owners' Club Secretary Andy Dutton in 'La Tecla' chats with David, while behind Colin checks he has his Marmite and Cheddar sandwiches,  and Jean confirms that  Rupert's finished putting  the tonneau on 'Grasshopper'. 






A triumph of Teals 






At the bottom of this piece we will show some of the aircraft which we also came to see, but two or three Tealers wisely left a bit early  to avoid the huge mass exodus at 4.30pm (we had arrived about 1030) of about 10,000 aircraft fans...and the roads around Old Warden were choked in every direction by thousands of cars and sightseers for the aerobatics who hadn't been able to obtain  a ticket to get in... 





Angelo and Antonio depart - thanks for the excellent BLT and Cheddar rolls, Angelo! 




Boris departs in his Moonraker with at least one Sleeve Dri, as Richard Ashton sees him off... 





So farewell, Teals and Tealers, for now.  Many thanks to  you Richard, and to Bill, David and Sharon,  Rupert and Jean, Colin, Andy, David and Janice, Boris and Liz, Angelo and Antonio...Brian C.                         Aircraft pics to follow...








The Shuttleworth Trust was created in memory of Flight Lieutenant Richard Shuttleworth, sucessful motor racing driver and pilot of the 1930s, sadly killed in an aircraft accident in a Fairey Battle in 1940.   The aircraft collection of the Trust is a splendid mix of very early  pre-WW1 aeroplanes such as the Bleriot XI Monoplane, fighter and bomber aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps, biplanes of the fledging Royal Air Force of the 20s and 30s, civilian racing and transport aircraft, some French and German aeroplanes, historic and classic cars such as MG and Railton from the 30s, and a marvellous selection of engines, propellors, airframe spares, silver cups, photographs, maps and memorabilia from the early days of aviation. Many of the aircraft have been restored to full flying condition, as was brilliantly demonstrated on Sunday 4th October.  The collection is housed in five packed hangers which are a joy to view.





Richard Shuttleworth in a Bugatti Type 51; he also had great success in his more usual Alfa Romeo 6C/1750 





1917  SE5 A





 1917 Bristol F2B Fighter



1934  Hawker Hind





 1944 Soviet  Polikarpov  PO 2







 1941 Hawker Sea Hurricane




1943 Fiesler Storch (Stork)





1943 Sea Fire/Spitfire  /1941 Sea Hurricane/  1940 RAF Hurricane (5 kills)








 1934 MG Midget/Percival Mew Gull




 1935 Railton/1934 DH88 Comet Racer; this aircraft  winner of the Mildenhall-Melbourne Race - first stop Baghdad, Melbourne in under three days.




We had a terrific flying display between 1400 and 1700, including the Red Devils Parachute Team, the RAF Dakota, the SE5A, Gloucester Gladiator, Percival Mew Gull, DH 88 Comet, the Royal Navy Seafire/Spitfire, with the Sea Hurricane and RAF Hurricane Mk 1, the Piper Cub, Percival Provost, impressive stunt flyers throwing their aircraft all over the sky, even  tail-less glider stunt  aerobatics, and finally the Vulcan XH 588 on one of its very last flights, which shook the very ground - and set off all the car alarms... a very special show! 


The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden is highly recommended for a day out - wonderful aircraft, cars, memorabilia, shop and restaurant included.... we had a wizard time.... 











 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 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.  














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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