The website for lovers of fine
Teal Sports and Touring Cars
" Teals Have Soul " Captain Sensible
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Our Club magazine Teal Spiel arrived with me today, bang on time and stuffed with good articles on Teals, Tealers, past rallies, planned trips with our Teals coming up, and lots of good humour and photos; thanks Suzi and Andy... to join the Teal Owners' Club and get your copy email email@example.com
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 41
This elegant Teal Type 35 four-seater has been owned by Neil Bridges in Yorkshire and by Danilo Beltrami in Belgium. The stylish Bob Jones-designed bodywork, neat hood and cream leather seats lift this 1.8 litre Teal into a rather special quality catergory. But is she still in Belgium? Can you help? Here are some more photos...
STOP PRESS: It seems likely that this lovely Teal ( called 'Myrtle' by Neil when in his ownership ) has been sold to a Classic Car collector also in Belgium, who has looked after it in a sealed air bubble as part of his collection of fine cars. Let's hope she's taken on the roads sometimes too - where all classics were built to be...
NOTE: Previous Teals of the Week are shown on the new Teals of the Week 1-20 website page and Teals of the Week 21-40 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...
This image was at the centre of the Teal Owners' Club wreath for Keith
Tealer Keith Lidgerwood's funeral was held in Chester on Wednesday 12th June, with nine Tealers and a Teal (Bob Mills') in attendance. Here's a personal memory of the day:
"Keith's funeral yesterday in Chester: 10 am, bright and sunny with a light wind rustling the leaves, modern crematorium/church set in beautiful tree-lined park-like setting, methodist minister, light wood coffin with wreath on top, dignified music, Eva, Kristine and Annette and families, little Matt, dozens of friends, nine Tealers, and a Teal car; half an hour service, with Kristine giving the address, including the wonderful Australian Poem 'The Old Australian ways' by Banjo Paterson, about Clancy and the wide, wild country, Kristine gulping back the tears, not a dry eye. Then as the curtains closed round Keith for the last time, there's a blast on the trumpet and on comes a bouncy jazzy tune by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - much laughter. He went out in style, our Tealer friend.
Then back to The Mount for coffee and cake and reminiscing - 50+ people, in all the rooms and spilling onto the lawns and smokers up back alleys. Lots of stories told, about happy days gone by, oil pipelines, old cars, the warm and wicked spirit of our Keith, here and back in Australia. Buffet lunch for dozens, hugs and tears, time to go, last look at Keith's garage where he kept so many fine cars, promises to keep in touch, then drive away.... smiling at ridiculous moments with Keith."
ENFIELD CLASSIC CAR SHOW
The Stig Meets Tealers
The Enfield classic car show was a sunlit success on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Above, Tealers Angelo and Antonio looking cool in leathers, and below David Ward and Sharon's Teal At Angelo and Antonio's before the run to the show, and Sharon enjoying her picnic in David's delightful supercharged 6C/1600 boat tail...
During the show the Top Gear simulator was in action, and the Stig was, of course, delighted to pose with Tealers Angelo, David and Antonio...
The Teals and Tealers were well received and admired by the large crowd at Enfield, and lined up with other classy machinery. A good day was enjoyed showing the Teal flag...
Send for Dicky Dawes!
Damaged Bugatti Type 35; the worst fear I have on a Teal rally is that I will run into the Teal in front's boat-tail (or that someone will run into mine!)
For details of our Teal Touring events, locations, dates and contacts, please see our Club magazine Teal Spiel
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...
Want to buy or sell a Teal? Tealers may like to browse
(Type Teal Bugatti into their search box)
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, there are pages showing the building of Teal T35,T43, T44 and T59 cars in the 'factory' , and there is also a links section to other Bugatti and similar classic carwebsites which may interest you.
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, Lancashire, The Peak District, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Wales, and 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.
To contact the Webmaster use the Contact Page of this website, or leave a comment on The Discussion Forum page, or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 26 years later (below)
Now aluminium-bodied with 18-inch wire wheels,substantial headlights and windscreen, restored by Keith Lidgerwood, 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 on the Long Mynd during the Shrewsbury Run
Photo: Dot (thanks, I think)
Please enjoy the website - and the Teals...