Two of Cliff Sedman's evocative postcards...
What Type of Cockpit is this beauty?
It's the cockpit of a 1936 Bugatti Type 50 - I'd never seen one before - have you? (ps it seems reminiscent of the Alfa Romeos and Silver Arrows of the period, models of which I used to play with as a child - remember?)
A fine Teal Type 35 cockpit - two unusual things about this: the Altrincham on the steering wheel - and is that the spare on the driver's side?
Remarkable, rare and lovely Teal Type 43 - at Altrincham...
I often feel that USA-based American replicas of Bugattis look heavy and overdone. But this beauty is a delight for the eyes. Agreed or not?
Bugatti Type 51
Teal Type 35 Boat Tail in her natural habitat.
(Oh look, he's left the handbrake off. Stop nitpicking, Brian)
Alfin Dummy Drums
Tealer Richard Ashton of East Anglia has arranged for the production of dummy drum covers for the front disc brakes of his lovely Type 35 boat-tail Teal...
The ALFIN drums are made from aluminium and are finned for heat dissipation as well as having an air vent to further assist cooling and brake efficiency. They are fitted with a cover on the outside to provide this view:
Richard hopes to write a piece on the Alfin drums for Teal Spiel, explaining the manufacture, cost and installation of the drums. Thank you, Richard - and bravo...
Welcome To The Dutch ORCA Car Club
Many Tealers will know that double Tealer Aaldert Postma and his colleagues from the ORCA car club based near Amsterdam are arriving in UK next week. This is a reciprocal visit to the Teal trip last Spring to view the lovely Tulip Fields of the Netherlands.
The ORCAs will be greeted and escorted from Harwich on Thursday 26th May by Tealer Richard Ashton on Day 1, and other Tealers hope to join the group. Here are our Dutch colleagues holding a picture of the Teals in Holland, with Aaldert supporting the right hand end:
More info on the ORCA route across southern England with 12 cars and 28 participants : Thu 26 May Harwich - Shuttleworth aircraft Museum at Old Warden - Tring. Fri 27th May Tring - Newbury- Andover-Southampton. Sat 28th May Golf/Beaulieu Car Museum/Shopping in Southampton. Sunday 29th May Southampton - Winchester - Brighton - Eastbourne. Monday 30th May Eastbourne-Tunbridge Wells - Colchester - Harwich.
This Dutch rally takes place around the same dates as La Vie En Bleu Teal rally at the Bugatti Owners' Club at Prescott, Cheltenham, and the subsequent Shrophire/Wales rally - see www.tealownersclub.org for details.
On this occasion our Dutch friends are unlikely to meet a road sign quite like the one below; it's from Yorkshire, of course. (thanks, Glen!)
Angelo and Antonio in their fine Teal Type 35 are waved off by Sterling Moss on a London-Brighton rally... iconic.
E-Type? What E-Type?
Tealers in Scottish Borders country admire Dr Hamish McLeod's fine Teal Type 35 boat-tail....
Suitable for a Woman?
See Rupert's comments about his and Jean's Grasshopper on the Discussion Forum on the ongoing subject of whether a Teal (or a Bugatti) is a suitable car for a woman...
The delightful Teal Type 35 in question, with adjustable seats. Unique?
Mystery Power Source?
Harry and Carol have been cheerful and loyal Tealers for many years, joining rallies and social events from Scotland to Spain, and most places in between. They motor in a dark-green left-hand drive Ruska Bugatti Replica, showing a good turn of speed from point to point:
Which is strange, because when Harry was asked to show us the source of his considerable power(below)
It turned out to be a multi-purpose 750-Watt microwave oven. Lunch, anyone?
There has been much recent discussion in the press and celebration of Her Majesty's 90th Birthday. Loyal Tealers all over the land have raised a quiet glass. Queen Elizabeth reciprocated, showing she was not too grand to greet some of her humblest citizens, and is seen below with a dozen humble Tealers:
Left to right (back row) :Phil, Pam,Bob,Sheila, Ron,H.M.Queen Elizabeth II, Glen, Maggie, Dot, Colin, Irene. Neil and Tommy kneel loyally in the foreground.
Neil and Pam Bridges' impressive Teal Type 35 four-seater 'Phoenix'finely decorated for a friend's wedding....
Neil says one could make a fair living using a Teal four-seater for weddings, if it wasn't for....
...the insurance costs. Doesn't Phoenix look well in Oxford and Cambridge blue paintwork? The day was lovely and sunny, but you probably noticed in photo 1 that Neil had the wet-weather option covered near the spare wheel.
On another occasion in Cheshire Neil and Pam are seen arranging a hedge fund with Bob and Wendy....
before departing from Sorbie in style ...
Cheerful Pam and Neil have owned at least three Teals and Mike King Bugatti Replicas, and are well-loved stalwarts of the Teal Owners' Club rallies and social events. Neil is also a skilled pilot and musician. We salute them.
There are rumours that Teal owners also rather admire the Bugattis which inspired them. We are trying to track down the source of this story. This evidence recently emerged:
Ian, Cliff, June and Andy at Angouleme with Type 35
Gary Day's immaculate early Teal Type 35
Pat Burns' glorious aluminium Teal Type 35 in Wales (Spider Run 1)
Brigitte happily near Clun in deepest Shropshire (Spider Run 1 return)
TEAL OR BUGATTI:
A SUITABLE CAR FOR A WOMAN?
Ok, it's an Alfa, I think - same principle?
Teal or Bugatti - a suitable car for a woman?
Comments on the Teal Discussion Forum on this website, please...
TWO INTERESTING CARS FOR SALE
from same owner
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.
JJM636W RARE LH DRIVE 1981 RUSKA BUGATTI SPORTS 1600.
BLUE. GOOD CONDITION. AGAIN NEEDS TLC.
OPEN TO OFFERS FOR BOTH OR SEPERATELY
TELE 01694 781544
Some Fine Blue Teals...
Teal Type 35B
and Teals of many other colours too!
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....
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:
copy and paste into your browser for full info...
Talking of Old Classics....
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 email@example.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.
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.
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
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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