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 The website for lovers of the remarkable TEAL marque 

 

 

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tealer Tony Morrissey writes from the Emerald Isle with news of adventures with  his fine Teal Violet , and a suggestion for a future Teal Rally:

 

 


 

 

' How are things going?  I'm in Ireland enjoying my Bugatti.
I completed the Gordan Bennet Grand Prix Course at the start of June (106 miles) - worth a look on the website. Everyone very nice and helpful, great course , good roads, well organised. About 100 cars in the event, lots from the UK. no one shot, no accidents, weather dry, this is a three day event so worth the trip from the U.K.

 

Violet won the best of show in the Stone-Throwers rally in July (chosen by all the drivers entered and won against some lovely opposition) took me three hours to polish the car the previous day - looked very well, this was a return run of about 140 mile tour to Wexford from Clonmel.
Weather poor over here this summer.

Another thought, would be a trip on the 'Wild Atlantic Way' - (look up the website) - the scenery is stunning as it hugs the coast around Ireland - off the beaten track - a good time guaranteed to be had by all. 

Sterling is very strong against the Euro so it would be a very cost effective holiday.

Great to see the website going so well - keep up the good work.'

 

 

 

Violet is Teal of the Week No 44; here she is before she crossed the water to Eire last summer: 

 

 

 

 

 

It's great to hear from you Tony, and I'm delighted to see things are running well with this lovely Teal - she deserves to win prizes!  And thanks for the suggestion ref an Irish  Teal Run - I'm sure the TOC Committee will give it happy consideration...  our best wishes from SBT....

 

 

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TEALS TYPE 35 and TEAL TYPE 59 at UXBRIDGE SHOW 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of weekends ago five fine Teals (and their Tealers David, Andy, Richard, Angelo, Antonio and David) enjoyed a happy day out at the annual Uxbridge Classic Show -  the weather was fine, and  three Type 35s were joined by the rare, splendid and beautiful Teal Type 59 (Teal of the Week No 47) and Richard Ashton's unique Teal Type 35 (Teal of the Week No 80).

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard, Andy and David discuss the  6C-4200cc Jaguar motor of David's Teal Type 59 

 

 

 

 

Altogether it was a splendid day, and the Teals kept the crowds (and the Tealers) entertained until going home time.... 

 

 

 

Above: Richard Ashton's unusual and lovely Teal Type 35, one of the most recent Teals built (2012), heading for East Anglia from Uxbridge.  Thanks for the fine photos, Antonio, Angelo and David Ward.

 

 

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This week we've  passed 90,000 hits on this website - thanks, Tealing folk, for your generous support for the site, from viewers and contributors alike, with photos, stories, history, captions, humour, advice and corrections (often!) -  Happy Tealing ... 

 

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Below: some Teals and Tealers out and about - and some Teal details... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil at  Land's End, 2014 Spider 2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Pumps in Period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Teal traffic jam - Spider Run 1

 

 

 


 

 

  

Teals, but not twins - Type 35 background, Type 35B foreground

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 Spider Run 1 - Glastonbury

 

 

 

 

 

 Spider Run 1:    lunch break across the Bristol Channel  at Chepstow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spider Run 1: Aberystwyth - Patrick Burns with the Lady Mayoress 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dashboard plate Type 35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dashboard, Type 35 


 

 

 

 

 

The happy Teal story First Edition Book - 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The updated Teal story - Second Edition Book - 2012 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwood Teals 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The very DNA of Tealing - David Ward's lovely supercharged Type 35 at the Bugatti Vie en Bleu at Prescott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


And now for  something completely different... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Raymond Mays loses the left rear of his Bugatti Brescia in 1924....

 

 

 

 

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 TEALSPIEL IS HERE!

 

 

The July 2015 issue of the Teal Owners' Club magazine has arrived, and it's a cracker, a full colour issue packed with articles on Teals in Spain and Portugal, The Blue Beast, Teals at Bicester, classic car shows this summer, La Vie en Bleu Teals at Bugatti Prescott, Captain Sensible's crazy yet strangely logical Teal humour (thank's Glen - an oblique, perceptive  and penetrating take on the paradoxes of life as it is actually lived - with heart-warming laughter throughout!), Tom Gunz's Teal 35, The Marches Transport Festival, Teal Differentials, colour photos, adverts and the Teal  44  for Sale (see below) .  This wonderful mag (thanks Suzi and Andy) is only available to Teal Owners' Club members - to be sure of your copy, join the TOC by emailing Dot, our membership secretary on dot.massey@btinternet.com   - you'll be most welcome.

 

 

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 UNIQUE TEAL TYPE 44 FOR SALE

 

 

 

 

 

This individual and lovely Teal Type 44 Tourer has been owned by Jane Asher and Alan for the past two years, has been a great success as a wedding car and transporting leading members of the Downton Abbey cast to Leicester Square for premieres and is now for sale. For more photos see www.myvintageweddingcarhire.co.uk and for details of the sale contact Jane or Alan on 07963 986983

 

Latest News from Jane (16th July):  The Teal Type 44 is going to be up for auction at Historics of Brooklands on 29th August ; as Jane says, let's hope she'll  go to a good home...

 

 

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Teals at Rest and Play  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Teal Atlantic Special - one off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Stoneleigh Teal Owners' Club  

 

 

 

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INFO:

 

 

Lots of photos and info  have now been moved to the Teal News Page 11, to make room for more on Page 1 . 


 

 

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

 

VITAL STATISTICS

THE SKY BLUE TEAL WEBSITE
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