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SKY  BLUE  TEAL

 

 

Something a bit special has happened on this website - we've received over  100,000 hits  since startup.  David Ward claims that most of those are his.  But if  he's right, or if it's 1000 people logging on to Teals 100 times, or 100 people a thousand times, I send my thanks to each one of you Teal lovers.   Teals seem to produce an unique affection in owners and viewers alike. Long may it continue.  Happy Tealing!     Brian. 20th April 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SHAKESPEARE  ANNIVERSARY

 

 

William of  Stratford is much in the news recently,  being his 400th anniversary.  The wise Teal Owners Club often holds its AGM at Stratford, and Tealers wax poetic....

 

 

 

 

 

 

The immediate response from Tealer Wolfgang Knupfer in Germany is:  

 

'To Teal or not to Teal - not a question' 

 

Bravo, Wolfang - sehr gut!  Vielen danke, meinherr.... 

 

Wolfgang says there are  a few snowflakes around in southern Germany, so his lovely Teal is still hibernating.  Soon comes the Spring! 

 

 

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ARE YOU JUST  A BIT WORRIED  THAT YOU MIGHT ROLL YOUR  TEAL? 

 

 

 

 

 

You've seen a Bugatti at Prescott roll on a sharp left-hander on the BOC hillclimb. You're now  on a country run, enjoying the day, approaching a narrow corner, going just a tad too fast and the thought springs into your mind - Oops, hope we don't go over, I've no head protection... has this occurred to you?  Worry not, the Teal is a flat, stable and fast  cross country runner, with good cornering ability when driven sensibly....

 

Not convinced?    Then try the special ROLL-SAFE bar (photo below) for open-top sporting machinery....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not a thing of beauty?  But a practical life-saver?  But what about the wife?  I've never seen one of these before on a Teal or Bugatti, have you? And while we're at it IS this a Teal?  Answers on the Discussion Forum, please.   

 

 

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A  WORRYING  QUESTION -  IS  YOUR  TEAL

 

 TOO  CLEAN ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What an odd question to ask, most Tealers will say; of course my Teal is clean - it's my pride and joy, and I wash it and wax the bodywork and polish the shiny bits so I can be  really proud of it... like the one above - what beautiful, simple, clean  lines.

 

Of course - naturally.  But respected and experienced Tealer Glen was chatting with a veteran Bugatti owner in Kent a few years ago, and he said:

 

 " Teals are all well and good, and they look fine, except for one thing that lets them down  - they're too clean and shiny; you'll  rarely see a Bugatti looking  like that. " 

 

And he's right, of course - photos of Bugattis in France or Italy or at Prescott nearly all show very well patinated cars, with frequent areas of rust, oil, mud, dirt and peeling paint -   looking like they have only been wiped over with an  Oily Rag.

 

So for your Teal to look authentic, should you ease off on the cleaning and add a bit of oil and mud? Paint the wire wheels black?  Like some of the Bugattis below. Opinions please on the Discussion Forum...are you Shiny  or Oily Rag

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 thanks for the  fine photo, Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 If the oily rag look is really too much, you could always go to the other extreme, as they sometimes do in the USA:  super shiny:

 

 

 

 

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TEAL  NEWS  SNIPPET 

 

 

This Sunday, 24th April four Teals will be making their way to Bicester near Oxford on national drive-it weekend to the magnificent new Classic car centre  on an old RAF airfield.   The Teals will be driven by Angelo, David, Colin and Tim, and hopefully the day will generate some interesting experiences and photos, like last year when the classic quartet produced this enduring image:

 

 

 

 

 Enjoy the day, chaps!

 

 

OOPS - PLAN B : Instead of turning right for Bicester on Sunday, David and Angelo turned left for Brooklands - and here their Teals are:

 

 

 

 

 

 High Performance Machinery

 

 

 

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 King of Cornwall  (John 'Honey' King by Wendy - Spider Run 2)

 

 

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TWO  INTERESTING  CARS  FOR  SALE

from same owner 

 

 

CAR 1:   

 

 

 

 

 Owners Description:  

 

 GLB 61C 1965 BUGATTI REPLICA 1600 ( EX KEITH   LIDGERWOOD'S).

 WHITE.  EXTENSIVELY TRAVELLED.   IN NEED OF TLC.

MUCH HISTORY. NO MOT. HISTORIC VEHICLE THEREFORE NO TAX REQUIRED.   RUNS WELL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 CAR 2:

 

 

 

Owner's description: 

 

 JJM636W  RARE LH DRIVE 1981  RUSKA BUGATTI SPORTS 1600.

BLUE. GOOD CONDITION. AGAIN NEEDS TLC.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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TELE  01694 781544

 

 

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Some Fine Blue Teals... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Teal Type 35B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

and Teals of many other colours too! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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TEAL FOR SALE -  ISLE OF WIGHT 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.... 

 

 

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TEAL EVENTS - 2016

 

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:

www.tealownersclub.org

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
  
           
  
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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, 9,10,11,12,13 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.  

 

 

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  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.  

 
  
 
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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.....

 

 

 

 

VITAL STATISTICS

 

 

 

 

THE SKY BLUE TEAL WEBSITE

 

 

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