The website for lovers of fine
Teal Sports and Touring Cars
" Teals Have Soul " Captain Sensible
David Ward's Care for Teals
Last week I took my Teal 'Violet' to Tealer David Ward's garage in Egham, Surrey for him to change the two rear wheel bearings. On the way Violet developed a mis-fire in the 2.5 Triumph 6-cylinder engine. Over the past week I have watched while David took out the half shafts and changed the bearings and oil seals; fitted a new section from Sorbie to my left rear brake drum to improve the handbrake take up, fitted new tubing to the fuel system from tank to carbs; fitted new SU carb floats and needles appropriate to the 2.5 engine, and fitted six new plugs; fitted Accuspark electronic ignition to the distributor, and replaced the temperature sensor on the radiator so that the fan cuts in correctly; fitted a new choke cable and MOTd Violet - and yesterday gave her back to me polished clean as well!
David has a fine supercharged Teal himself, and an evident love for the cars, and I cannot speak highly enough of his skill, professionalism, attention to detail, care - and sense of humour. I drove 80 miles home yesterday with the engine running as sweetly as a nut - and with silent wheel bearings!
David Ward's MOT and Service Centre at Egham is on 01784 439160 and ask for David or Karen. At least 8 Teals are being serviced there, there's an early T35 being refurbished by David , and as I left Tony Davies' green four seater had just pulled in for new smaller front flashers and more period rear lights to be fitted. Strongly Recommended.
David Ward in his supercharged Teal Type 35
Teal of The Week - No 78
This early Teal has been owned by three current Tealers: Neil Bridges, who discovered her in a garage in Wales in 2011, John King who took her to France with Wendy in 2012, and current new owners Michael and Mary Colley... each of these owners carried out major improvements to make this a fast and desirable early Teal.
Neil Bridges enjoying her at Welshpool...
...and Neil at Bewdley with fellow Tealers including Aaldert, Phil and Keith; and higher above Aaldert, Colin, Glen, Pam and Dot....
Wendy and John King then took SUY to France and Spain, and happily home after many adventures...
and new owner Michael is now with Mike Hall fitting a brass radiator surround and aluminium bonnet before putting her back on the road this spring. This attractive and sporty Teal has given much pleasure to many Tealers.
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 77
We were in touch with the owner of this lovely Teal (Andrew Halls) about three years ago, when I think I remember it was for sale. If you are the current owner, do please let us know - this is a very lovely looking aluminium-bodied Teal Type 35 boat tail, and you must be the envy of many Tealers and other classic car enthusiasts, at home and abroad.... Thank you.
TEAL OF THE WEEK NO 76
David Wilson and his wife Maureen from Fife were early and dedicated Tealers, David having started building his red 4-seater Oscar in 1985, and being involved in many Teal events for the next 21 years in Denmark and UK, including the famous Ian Foster Birthday Bash at Lakeside on 4th/5th July 1998 (photo below). This was perhaps the biggest ever gathering of Teals in one place; David Wilson's Oscar is right in the centre, the red four-seater with a boot rack.
David's B-series engine shown below was bored out to 1998cc, and a high lift cam, special distributor and electronic ignition fitted, so she went rather well at home and abroad ....
Here's Oscar at a famous local landmark, and below is the neatly-instrumented cockpit.
David was well known throughout the Teal club for his splendid moustache, which features in several photos and cartoons on this website's page 9: 'Teals in the 80s- New Images', the photos being provided jointly by Dave and his friend and Teal colleague Lindsay Crighton, another Teal pioneer of 'Bluebottle' fame, which is also shown on Page 9...
In 2006, after David's 21 years of Tealing, a London dealer came up to Scotland to buy Oscar, and then sold it on to its current British owner, who has taken Oscar to his house somewhere in Italy... so keep a good look out on your hols!
EARLY TEAL FOR SALE
and TEAL OF THE WEEK No 74
Built by Trevor Gay, MGB 1800 powered, offers around £9000. Sale to Teal Owners' Club member preferred
Call Norman Phillips in Surrey on 01737 - 212 - 912
NOTE: Previous Teals of the Week are shown on the new Teals of the Week 1-20 website page, Teals of the Week 21-40 page, Teals of the Week 41-60 page and Teals of the Week 61-80 page (see index left) - the aim is to build up week by week, in no particular order, a data base of photos of all of our lovely Teals...
For those Tealers who, like me, enjoy browsing through websites showing news and lots of photos of Bugatti sales and spares , The Bugatti Page is a great source; have a look, if you wish, for instance at the Bugatti News of 2012 - Bob Jones and the Teal even get a mention...
and there are another 16 delightful pages like this with previous years' news - such stuff as dreams are made of...
Can't find your favourite photo or Teal news item? Have a look at Teal News pages 1 to 6 towards the end of this website, where I transfer items previously on Page 1...
Photos from September/October/November 2013 are now on the Teal News 6 page of this website...
The Teal Owners' Club:
TEALS ON TOUR
For details of our Teal Touring events, locations, dates and contacts, please see our Club magazine Teal Spiel
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, 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 and Switzerland, and also new Teal News pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, with dozens of snippets of the latest information about Teals and Tealers, and reports of our Teal adventures and rallies in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Sussex and Hampshire, Kent, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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.
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 29 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."
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.
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...