TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 42
When Bob Jones decided to sell Teal Cars in 1996, it was Norman Durban who purchased the company name, together with the right to build Teal Type 35s; this is Norman's personal Teal, known as April after the registration plate RPA1L. Norman had been a long-time Teal enthusiast, and took his Teal April on many a cross-Europe sporting rally, such as the Liege-Rome-Liege, participating with his son with some success. Hence he became known as 'Stormin' Norman' to the rally enthusiasts.
April was fitted with a 6-cylinder, triple SU Triumph 2500cc engine which gave her good pulling power; the front suspension was given a cleaner, simpler line, and it was hoped Teals such as April would continue to be built and sold...
Publicity was excellent, but a combination of problems for Norman Durban about this time, not least the introduction of more rigorous safety requirements under the Individual Vehical Assessment, meant that few Teals were built beyond 1998, when Bob Jones completed building the Teals for which he had taken orders.
In November 2011, Norman agreed to a Keith Lidgerwood-led initiative, and sold the right to build Teal Type 35 cars, and the bucks to build them, to the Teal Owners' Club. April is still a lovely and powerful Teal...
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 43
Andrew, the owner of this fine all-weather Teal Type 35 boat-tail, is a photographer, a pilot and a classic car enthusiast. The Teal is powered by a 4C/1700 'O'series engine with overhead camshaft and sufficient power to provide a healthy sporting performance...
Andrew's wife Jane also enjoys their Teal, and is seen here at speed in the Chilterns checking out the handling... at Andrew and Jane's wedding their Teal provide a useful focus for the couple- and for photographers:
Of course, after parking the Teal, Andrew needs suitable groundcrew to swing the prop of his Piper Cub at White Waltham... Contact!
Tealing and flying, a perfect combination - with two not dis-similar cockpits.
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 44
Brian's Teal was nicknamed 'Violet' by some irreverent Tealers, because in some lights it appears a purply-blue colour, but in grey conditions it definitely looks black. You're with me so far? The split-screen, which gives the authentic look of a 1930s tourer, is pleasing when it rains, and...
...is easily removable to provide a more sporty, wind-in-your-hair appearance - and reality ...
Violet is like most Teals, and enjoys a run out to meet fellow Tealers; below she is pictured at rest during Colin and Irene Andrews' enjoyable Oxfordshire Ramble of September 2012, she was at the Ludlow Castle honeydays in May 2013, hoped to take part in the Teal North Kent exploration in July 2013, and joined the splendid Spider Run of June 2014, leading ten other Teals on Leg 7 from Stroud to Exeter and rejoicing with them on our happy arrival at Land's End ... for a 70-second video shot by Tealer Neil 'Phoenix' Bridgesof Violet and ten other lovely Teals click on this link: http://youtu.be/S1rkBw3HE68
Wishing all Tealers a happy summer 2013 out and about.....
Violet at St Michael's Mount, June 2014, with Bob, Glen and Brian:
Violet has now emigrated (July 2014) to County Tipperary, where she begins a new life... and here she is winning prizes in Eire in Summer 2015 with new owner Tony Morrissey:
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 45
In the summer of 2009 Tealers gathered at Keith's in Chester, pushed north to the Lakes for a few days with Maggie Foster and her sons, then across to north Yorkshire and Northumberland, crossed the border at Jedburgh for a night's stay and pressed on to Moffat where we were greeted warmly by Dr Hamish Mcleod and his Teal....
and a marvellous collection of fine cars including Jaguars, Bentley, Alvis and many others - and a full-sized replica Spitfire on the front lawn... Hamish was a warm and convivial host, showing us the cars and providing something cool to drink after our long drive... the full story is on this website under the Lakes and Borders title. We fifteen Tealers greatly enjoyed our day, Hamish's Teal, and the happy atmosphere at Moffat.
TEAL OF THE WEEK - Number 46
Sue and Howard's Yorkshire-based Teal, affectionately known as Toad, is a cracker. Purchased from the south coast some five years ago, Sue in particular has worked tirelessly to bring Toad to a high standard of mechanical performance and attractiveness. Sue and Howard had a dramatic introduction to Tealing in a major storm and drenching downpour while trial Tealing at Robin Hood's Bay about six years ago, when a dozen of us nearly got drowned (it seemed) in a relentless, sustained deluge while negotiating steep rural lanes in zero visibility with minimal braking. Strength of character showed, however, because soon afterwards Toad was purchased....
Sue and Howard have taken part in several local rallies and competitions, and their hard work has been rewarded with a number of prizes for this good-looking Teal Type 35 boat tail...
Footnote: distinguished Tealer Neil Bridges reminds me that this fine Type 35 was once the Teal of notable TOC Club member, Teal tourer, comedian and Emmerdale star Bobby Knutt, who took a full and active part in many Teal activities in the 1990s... thanks, Neil.
The Teal Type 59
The Teal Type 59 was designed by Bob Jones in 1989 and manufactured by him, Bob Lewis and their small team over the next eight years. Thirteen Teal Type 59s were made in all. Production photos of the Type 59 are shown on Page 7 of this website, and six Type 59s have already featured as Teals of the Week (No 39,40,47 ,48,49,50 and now No 51).
The 4.2 litre Jaguar XJ6-powered Teal Type 59 is low, small, fast and beautiful ( 47 inches high x 31 inches cockpit width x 59 inches width overall x 160 inches length overall x 17 cwt x 210 bhp). You judge the beauty from the coming photos.
The Type 59 has a steel chassis, welded-in firewall, floor, seat support and backrest; has a Bugatti-style double alloy bulkead circle-polished scuttle with counter-sunk copper rivets; coil over shock front suspension with Ford upright; and cycle wings.
Owners of Teal Type 59s are of course most proud of them, but sometimes naturally a little wary about giving out ownership/location details because of the high value of these cars. In the following Teals of The Week we will therefore be discrete about these details unless requested otherwise.
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 47
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No. 48
The mudguards, the carburettor breathers and the blue wire wheels are all rather unusual on this elegant Teal Type 59...
Teal of the Week - No 49
This very special Teal Type 59 is probably one of the finest built; it is certainly immaculately finished, with attractive detailing. It is probably seen decorated with some Scottish mud on occasion, which would make it a perfect Teal!
Unusual positioning for a pair of SUs.....how does that work? The Teal is supercharged.
One of the finest Teal Type 59s .
Teal of the Week - No 50
(A landmark, Teal No 50 - we started the first TOW on 21 Oct 2012 - 50 Teals in 40 weeks...)
This lovely Teal Type 59 was owned by a distinguished former Teal Owners Club Secretary. It has since passed through the hands of Total Head Turners, and may now be in France....
If you are touring, the limited storage space in the Teal Type 59 makes the luggage rack a practical addition.
A lean and purposeful-looking Teal Type 59.
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 51
This lovely Teal Type 59 has been seen for sale at IPO Cars
Current ownership is unknown - is it you?
Or was she yours?
With thanks to IPO Cars for the photos of this delightful Teal Type 59
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No 52
This is an unusual Teal Type 59, which has been brought up to spec by a current Tealer. A skilled engineer, the Tealer has found an unusual solution for the twin SU/bonnet bulge problem, and a clean line for the exhaust side. These photos are a few years old now, when Cliff drove westwards to present the owner with one of our major TOC trophies...
TEAL OF THE WEEK No. 53 - THE GPB 59
When Bob Jones sold Teal Cars in 1996, he sold the right to built and sell Type 35s to Norman Durban (since purchased by the Teal Owners' Club), and the right to build and sell Type 59s to Ted Riley, founder of GPB cars, then at Morridge Side Farm, Bradnop, Staffordshire.
Ted Riley's Teal/GPB 59 (some say this stood for Grand Prix Bugatti) is a totally lovely car fitted with triple SUs to fuel its Jaguar motor. The GPB 59 was finished to the finest point of detail, as these pictures show (thank you Peter Neville/Toadstone for the photos):
It is probable that very few GPB 59s were sold. The car was so beautifully-detailed that it became very expensive to produce, limiting sales. Ted Riley has moved to Aberdeenshire and is no longer making cars. But what a beauty the GPB 59 is! Since it was clearly based on the Teal Type 59 with chassis, bodywork, suspension and ancilliaries provided by Bob Jones, this lovely car has been classified as Teal Of The Week No 53 after discussion with the TOC Committee Secretary.
Footnote: here she is now in Scotland at the Kildrummy summer classic rally and car show 2013:
... and in 2015 at the same show with Ted Riley at the wheel (same lovely car, differing number plate):
TEAL OF THE WEEK No 54
This 1988 Teal is currently up for sale (August 2013 ) (NB New Owner is John Williams of Kent - congratulations and a warm welcome to the Teal Owners' Club, John. September 2013.) Her owner Karen has taken her to the Le Mans 24 hours and to Le Touquet twice. She has an 1800cc engine and all-aluminium bodywork, and has only had two owners in the past 25 years....
She's a pretty car, and Karen will be informing her new owner about the pleasures of the TEAL OWNERS' CLUB....which John Williams of Kent has joined - welcome John, September 2013)
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No. 55
Bryan McGregor's Teal Type 35 boat-tail glows in the evening sunlight...
Bryan's unusual Teal badge
Bryan likes to motor with the tonneau fitted and driver's side rolled back but in place; his rear lighting arrangements keep the pure line of the boat tail unmolested...
Teal Of The Week No 56
Patrick Burns' splendid Teal Type 35 with the enthusiuastic lady mayoress of Aberystwyth during the eight-legged Teal Spider run, with Pat advising her on the finer points of Teal engineering and etiquette...
Pat's neat and powerful 6C/2500 Triumph motor
The cockpit of Pat's Welsh-based Teal is adequately supplied with instrumentation:
and this fine Teal is not short of a light or two when required....
She's a real beauty, Pat...
TEAL OF THE WEEK - No. 57
In 1995 Keith Lidgerwood built a Teal Type 35B with the lowered chassis and Ford Granada suspension in his workshop with advice from Bob Jones. This beautiful Teal was subsequently enjoyed by the new owner in North Yorkshire for the next 16 years...
This most desirable of all Teals (In my opinion; comments welcome!), the Teal Type 35B two-seater boat tail, is well instrumented and powered by a Triumph 6C/2500 cc motor...
This lovely Teal is, I feel, a legacy of which Keith Lidgerwood can be proud...