These items of Teal news were on Page 1 of the website, and have now been moved to this page to make room for new items on Page 1 - I hope you enjoy browsing these happy snippets of Tealing, and the previous five pages of news highlights...
FIRST OF JANUARY 2013 -
The Teals are Out and About
Five Teals at Brooklands on the New Year's Day January Classic Meeting, jewels among the Stags and E-Types: Tealers included Rupert and Jean, Angelo and Antonio, David, Cliff and Andy... the sun shone brightly, the Teals were admired and the music played. And what a fine portrait study by David Ward - Angelo is a work of art! This was a good day out, showing the flag to hundreds of enthusiasts with five fine Teals; meanwhile in rural Wiltshire ...
....Brian finally removed his wimpish windscreen, and sped around the Marlborough Downs, mightily impressing the attentive horse and sheep population; and later also the good folk of Calne and Devizes. The sight and the sound of a happy Teal surely started their New Year 2013 (and Brian's) off cheerfully...
Across the country (and Europe) many other Teals will have been out and about. If you have a photo of your Teal on New Year's Day 2013, do please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org ; we'd love to put it on the website. Thanks.
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BOXING DAY 2012 - SARRAT, HERTFORDSHIRE
Andy Dutton and Andrew Smith made the Sarrat (Rickmansworth) Boxing Day Car Show 2012 in their Teals, only to find firstly that the show had been cancelled due to a sodden Green, and secondly many people wanted to watch the female Morris Dancers rather than the Teals. Unbelievable. Still at least there were a couple of Morgans, with varying numbers of wheels, to keep them company. A for Effort, Andys. Andy Dutton reminds Tealers that on New Year's Day there will be a large gathering of Classics of all types at Brooklands, including at least four Teals, and all are most welcome...
(photos Tealer Andrew Smith - thanks)
Teals in the Snow. Feeling a little chilled? Here's something a bit hotter:
Spain, September 2012; Dot and Phil's Teal and posing model - thanks for the delightful photo, Dot.
Double Dutch Treat
Double Tealer Aaldert has over the past year had his Teal Type 35 converted to left hand drive, totally rebuilt from chassis up and completely re-bodied in aluminium by Mike Hall at Evesham and fitted with 18" MWS wire wheels and new Blockley tyres. Now the time has come in The Netherlands for painting in a rich dark blue, before refitting all the trim, screens, etc to reveal in the coming months a totally re-created and beautiful Teal Type 35 boat tail...
At the same time, Aaldert and Mike Hall have created a lovely unique Teal Type 43 in bare aluminium (below) which is now being painted in the Netherlands in a dramatic red with black accents colour scheme. We salute Aaldert and Mike for their creation of two fine and dramatic sporting cars, and look forward to seeing the Teals on the road.
Mind you, Aaldert will have a problem selecting which car to drive this summer, as he also has an admirable VW-powered Replica from which to choose...
...not to mention the Morgan. Aaldert plans to join us at the Stratford-on-Avon AGM weekend in April, and hopefully on other Teal occasions this summer...
It was time for Violet's annual MOT on Tuesday 5th March, a glorious sunlit day (no, really) - so a run up from Wiltshire to trusted Tealer David Ward's garage at Egham was a pleasure. Here David takes over the wheel of Violet before she goes onto the ramp under the beady and efficient eye of David's colleague, tester Terry, followed by some fettling of the rear drums by David to firm up the handbrake. Meanwhile we were able to compare Teal notes and examine David's own fine, fast and unique supercharged Teal boat tail 6C/1600 (below).
At David Ward's Garage your Teal is cared for thoroughly, thoughfully, courteously and professionally, and you learn something new about your car each time (at least I do!). You also get to have an excellent chat with David about all things Teal, technical and social. Strongly Recommended.
And the drive back towards Stonehenge on a sunny afternoon, MOT in folder, was a happy one. ..
An Englishman's Teal in France
Deep in France Tealer Dave Bellis is hard at work producing the latest Teal, modified to his own attractive design. Here's the front bodywork in the mirror - Dave plans to make the Teal look as much like a racing Bugatti of the 1920s as possible. The chassis has been shot-blasted and protected with many coats, the suspension, engine and gearbox are in, the front radiator surround and stoneguard are made, and Dave is currently designing and building his own boat tail to Bugatti designs... below we see the hand-made stone-guard, the engine and lovely bound steering wheel leaning on the facia...
David has considerable engineering skill, and a determination to make this Teal as authentic-looking as possible. You can glimpse one instance of this authenticity in his new wheels (see top photo), close to Bugatti's original convex 8-spokes. For full technical details and the story in Dave's own words, see next month's Teal Spiel magazine for TOC Club members.
There was an excellent meeting of Teal Club members in Stratford-on-Avon over the weekend 20/21 April, with Tealing prospects for the year ahead much discussed, a dinner, a boat trip, several beers, and the AGM with interesting and animated inputs on finance ( satisfactory), membership (healthy), trips (five planned),Teal spares (good news, watch your emails, Club members),website(s) and Teal history (the return of Bob Lewis was much welcomed, with his wide knowledge of the construction of Teals and the great rallies of the 80s and 90s, and his re-purchase of his former Teal). More news to come to Club members in Teal Spiel, the Club magazine....
MEANWHILE...the alternative Teal AGM was taking place at David Ward's Garage and MOT Centre west of London, with three fine Teals present :
Skilled engineer David Ward ( in far Teal) has picked up the fine red Teal Gigi for new owner Hector Martin and is giving her a full mechanical examination before Gigi travels to the Netherlands where her new owner lives. Sitting in Gigi for the photo is Antonio, son of Angelo ' Brooklands' De Souza (centre, in Teal and leather....). Doesn't a red Teal look dramatic when contrasted with our more usual beautiful Bugatti blue?
LUDLOW TEAL WEEKEND
A dozen Tealers had a great long weekend at the Ludlow Classic Car and Food festival in Ludlow Castle from 10-12 May. Hosted by Wendy and John 'Honey' King, who both looked after us royally, the full story of the Teal triumphs at the show will be in our club magazine Teal Spiel for Club members - to join email Dot on Dot.email@example.com - you don't need to own a Teal, but you can see what owning one does to Phil above! Patient Dot is the driver...
Even the charming Mayor of Leominster wanted to join in, and Rupert gallantly gave up his seat in Grasshopper temporarily so that she could join Jean and get her hands on a Teal... quite understandable.
Meanwhile, at Glorious Goodwood, Angelo, Antonio, David, Sharon, Cliff and Jan were entertaining the classic car/VSCC spectators with the pristine lines of their Teals, seen from fore and (in this case) aft...
This trio of Tealers, based south-west of London, specialises in showing their Teals to best advantage at Brooklands, Goodwood, and the western home counties, much to their delight and that of the visiting car show enthusiasts... more to come.
SAD NEWS - KEITH LIDGERWOOD
Tealer Keith Lidgerwood died today, 3rd June 2013, aged 76, in Cheshire. We send our condolences to Keith's wife Eva, and to his family. A full tribute to Keith's many and various enthusiastic and determined Teal activities, from new construction to re-building, fettling and rallying Teals will be in the September Teal Spiel. A good friend, a true original and a major figure in the Teal Owners' Club is gone. RIP, 1 OZ , old chum.
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!)
" Teals Have Soul " Captain Sensible
August Teal News
FIRST TEAL ASTRONAUT?
* see below
John King and Wendy, Neil and Pam Bridges and Dot and Phil Massey got together for a few days Tealing and happy social activities around Ludlow, Lake Vrnwy in Wales and Berrington Hall, Shropshire...
Thanks for the photos, Neil
* No, not the first Teal Astronaut, but Neil Bridges trying beekeeping with expert John King....
Some folk say that much-loved Tealers Dot and Phil made a small fortune from their hard work selling Barn Cakes to the good people of Lancashire. Judging by the cars parked outside their house, the fortune may not have been that small...
Is that a top-of-the-range Aston Martin parked beside their Teal? Phil claims it belongs to a neighbour, and it made a good opportunity for a photo shoot (after he'd cleaned the Teal). Lovely photos - thanks Phil.
Three Teals at David Ward's garage in Egham: David's own fine Teal, Hector Martin's 'Supermarine', now undergoing a major update at the garage, and Angelo's handsome Teal 35. David Ward's garage is most Teal-friendly, with at least half a dozen Teals being maintained there regularly. Below David's wheel balancing machine: one of a set of Teal wire wheels fitted with Blockley tyres which when properly balanced provide considerably improved handling...
Richard Ashton, building a new Teal in Lowestoft, has now fitted the Marchal headlights, stone guard and steering wheel - here she emerges from the garage ready for the Teal Southwold event in September which Richard is organising. Isn't she a beauty?
Four new Teals so far this year: Aaldert in Holland (Type 35 and Type 43), Dave Bellis in France (Teal Type 35 Bellis Special) and Richard in Suffolk (above and further below). This shows, I feel, the enduring appeal of the Marque and the quality of the design. bc
Tealers have been out and about for four days in Kent ( photos above and below)
See Teal Spiel magazine for the full story
Dave Bellis in deepest France has been adding instrumentation to his self-build Teal; the cockpit is coming on nicely on his Type 35 with boat tail by Bellis.... full details in Teal Spiel.
David Ward has taken the plunge and fitted Blockley Tyres to his stylish Type 35 DNA; and has balanced them at his garage at Egham...
Angelo and Antonio have been out in the Teal in August, showing the flag at many local venues , most recently at the Windsor Show with Andy Dutton - photos below...
Aaldert from Amsterdam is putting the finishing touches to two Teals new on the road. The first will be his recently left-hand drive, totally rebodied in aluminium, rewheeled and repainted Type 35, which is driven here by colleague Simon Still. Aaldert says that Brooklands screens, handbrake, bodywiring and some instruments need completing. This is a stylish Teal, now painted a rich dark blue colour and with an impressive stance on the road. And there's a Type 43 still to come...
In East Anglia, Richard Ashton is putting the finishing touches to his dark blue Teal, new to the road, built lovingly over recent years and now cleared through type approval, as readers of Teal Spiel will know. Richard has recently acquired an historic (VV) number for his new Teal, and is planning a Teal rally/get together at Southwold in Suffolk on the weekend of 20th September, where his new Teal will attend. Full details in Teal Spiel, as usual. In the photo below Richard's elegant Teal will shortly be fitted with its Marchal headlights and correct steering wheel...
Keith and Bob
On the weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September Tealers from all over the country gathered in Cheshire to say a last farewell to our colleague, friend and fellow-Tealer Keith, who died this summer. We met at his garage where he carried out so many Teal restorations, and where many of us spent happy hours with a mug of tea and (occasionally) a spanner in our hands, chatting cars, cricket, rallies and Australia with our chum from down under....
Tealers at Sorbie cluster round Sheila and Ron's Teal 4-seater
Saturday at Sorbie with some 20 Tealers (and five Teals) turning up to remember Keith and purchase gloriously oily spares for their Teals including differentials, half-shafts, suspension units, steering arms, a turned steering wheel boss (or two), tools, workshop manuals, sheet aluminium, oil drip trays, etc. The whole was magnificently managed by Bob Mills. As well as the Tealers in the photo above there were Neil and Vicky from Scotland, Mike Astill, Dave Williams from the Wirral, Maggie from Sheffield, Brian from Wiltshire and Keith's widow Ieva, who ensured we had coffee and cake at Sorbie as rain threatened, and then back at The Mount gave us all a splendid lunch, where tales of Keith were told and memories exchanged . Thank you Ieva.
More details in this month's Teal Spiel, due out 15th September for Teal Owners' Club members (email firstname.lastname@example.org to become a member - the best £18 you'll ever spend!)
TEAL FOR SALE
Now Sold - September 2013
The owner writes:
"Teal Bugatti Type 35 French Blue 'What Else' Made by Teal Bugatti Farnworth.
She has fine lines,low mileage,smart bodywork,good tyres and smart black leather hide seats.
She is fitted with an Aero screen ,wooden steering wheel,tonneau cover.1800cc MG engine,recently serviced.18 inch wire wheels with splined adaptors and caps.Car delivered in 1988,with 2 owners from new! It's donor car was a Marina. Bodywork is aluminium with an aluminium boatail.The car is registered as a Teal Bugatti with DVLA.
Registration plate is: HHD 196S
2000 miles on the speedometer.1 yrs MOT till June 2014 and 6 months tax.Real eye catcher.In excellent condition.
I have been to Les Mans 24hr in her and Le Touquet a couple of times.She is not being enjoyed as she should be.I have owned and cherished her for the past thirteen years but feel it is time that she was enjoyed to the full again.....
Private number plate which is currently on the car KAZ 440 will not be sold with the car. I am in the process of transferring number plates and retention at this moment in time.The car comes with it's original number plate 'S' Registration. Sadly this beautiful car is for sale as owner does not have the time in which to drive her any more!!
Please contact Karen on: 07919 565405 Wiltshire. "
Owner has Teal badge to fit.
TEAL now sold - September 2013
Teal on The High Seas
Word reaches us that Teal of the Week No 49 is even now on board ship, heading for South Africa. In 10 days or so (towards the end of September 2013) this lovely Type 59 should reach Johannesburg (via Cape Town), where her new owner expat Brit Jim is eagerly awaiting her arrival...
17th September: a terrific new full-colour issue of Teal Spiel dropped on the doormat this morning, full of Tealers' tales of Italy, France, Yorkshire, The Pennines, Kent, and elsewhere; as well as technical tips, plans for next season and touching tributes to Keith Lidgerwood.
Suzi and Andy, our editorial team, have surpassed themselves. Thank you to them both - and Teal Spiel dispatcher Pat!
Last weekend 20-22 September, Neil Bridges attended the 9 Squadron re-union at RAF Marham near King's Lynn in Norfolk. No 9 Squadron was a famous Lancaster unit in World War Two, and is now equipped with Tornados, and the squadron welcomed Neil, who has family links, and his fine Teal Type 35 Tourer Phoenix. Neil spent time in the the Lancaster cockpit (again - he's a regular at Marham), and the Tornado pilots enjoyed a spin up the runway in his Teal, then Neil took the controls on a flight with one of the Tornado pilots in his personal light aircraft.
Phoenix with the RAF Marham Gate Guardian, the Victor Tanker
Many at the No 9 Squadron reunion were delighted to be able to photograph both Phoenix and the Lancaster. Thank you Neil (Biggles) Bridges for the excellent photos, and congrats on your flying experience.
Meanwhile, at the same time, in another part of East Anglia.....
Teals in Suffolk - September 2013
Over the weekend 20-22nd September, a dozen Tealers enjoyed a splendid East Anglian tour led by Richard Ashton from Lowestoft in his new dark blue Teal; the location, the weather, the company, the journey and the food were all excellent, and Andy Dutton with June, David Ward and Sharon, Rupert and Jean Quested, Bill Leemputten, Tommy Gunz and Richard himself with partners enjoyed The elegant Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, the seafront at Southwold, beach huts, yachts and diving chambers and happy driving in between; nearly all will be revealed in the next Teal Spiel for Club members. East Anglia is a welcome and attractive new area for Tealing - thank you Richard.
You know when you're chatting with fellow-Tealers and someone says ' Oh, that one's been sold abroad ' and you think to yourself we'll never see that Teal again, now it's in France or Belgium or Spain...... Well another friend in France spotted the other day a Teal Type 59 (former number plate TEA159), which was up for sale on a Belgian website recently for lots of money, and has sent a photo of her in her new guise. She's in St Remy de Provence, now the property of M. Marechal. Here she is:
and here she was a few months ago as Teal of the Week Number 47:
Michel has also heard that there is another Teal Type 59 in France, at Valence in the Drome Department of South-East France , owned by famous French Illusionist and Entertainer Dany Lary...
Engineer Dave Bellis in France is creating a totally new boat tail for the Teal that he is building; the boat tail is formed of dozens of pieces of carefully-shaped wood, which he will cover with fibreglass matting and resin, sand down, then paint; his aim is that the car will look like a battered 1920s/1930s racer. Here's the expertly-shaped wooden tail which he has been creating for the past month:
and here is how it is now with a couple of layers of matting sanded down....
... and don't those wheels look magnificent? If this Teal two-seater looks a little longer than usual, it's because Dave is using a four-seater chassis to build his handsome Teal-Bugatti 35 Special. Bravo. Dave has been thinking over many months what colour to paint his Teal Bugatti Special, and tells us that he has finally come to a big decision: he's going to paint it .....blue!
A Teal Sunset: as David Ward and Andy Dutton cross the Norfolk/Suffolk border on the way home from the successful September East Anglia run, David catches a splendid photo of Andy's La Tecla as they pass the 120ft Elveden WW1 Memorial beside the A11; a delightful photo catching our favourite cars as they head arrow-straight into the sunset - thank you David ...
If you'd like to watch a happy 8-minute Teal video of David and Andy's sky-blue Teals on their way home, here's the link to the Youtube site. It's a delightful watch (and listen - do remember to turn up the volume) as they wind through Norfolk country roads. Is that a vintage Bentley waving to them at 1 minute 26 seconds?
...and at David's garage at Egham, Colin's and Hector's Teals join his own for a full workover, while an NG3 poses forward right... it is comforting for Teal owners to to know that one of their own, who has rebuilt his Teal from chassis upwards, runs a professional Teal repairs, servicing, and MOT service just off the M25. There are at least eight Teals now being regularly serviced at Ward's. Recommended.
Photo: Antonio De Souza
Angelo at the Goodwood 'Italian Brea
kfast' Meet - October 2013 with Cliff, Antonio, Jan and her splendid walnut cake....
News reaches us this week from west of Poitiers; Dave Bellis, working on his innovative new Teal build, tells us:
" After the boat tail marathon,I'm having a bit of a rest from "carrosserie" and having a go at some twiddly bits to try to add a glimmer of authenticity.
The gearbox weather seal has turned out quite nicely,but the spare wheel mount and leather straps have been quite difficult to get right.After 3 days slog I'm finally pleased with the result.My Dad was a precision engineer,but I am not.However,I am still trying to live up to his standards,making jobs take a lot longer than you would imagine. "
The whole seems to be coming together beautifully - it's a Marina 4-speed box - and I particularly like the wooden slatted floor and the fuel booster 'pumps' on the left of the cockpit (below); most Frenchmen (and Brits) wont be able to tell this fine Teal from an original Bugatti. Eh voila!
Terrific, Dave - thank you
Photo taken on 26/27 October 2013 at the Vintage Sports Car Club meeting at Goodwood: there are five classic motors in this image - Bugatti and Teals - but which are which? Hard to tell - that's just one of the many joys of owning a Teal Type 35. And who's that good-looking devil with the goggles? Bet he's one of those wealthy Bugatti owners. (Angelo,Andy, Cliff and Dave were there, in wind and rain - see You Tube for a delightful (and noisy) video of Teals diving into the Goodwood Tunnel, coming out, and on the wet road home... it captures the essence of the Tealing spirit... here's the link to copy and paste into your browser:
(Thanks for the photo and the video go to active Tealer David Ward who has fitted a small video camera between the Brooklands screens of his Teal Type 35, with happy results...)
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
Tealer Dave Bellis in France has been building his Teal Special in his garage/workshop for the past year, as we have seen from previous photos (Teal News 6 page) , and now has rolled her out into the open air for the first time last week so he (and we) can guage the overall look of the car. Here she is:
Dave still has some work to do, of course, but we can see that he has created a fine car, building the two-seater boat-tail onto his four seater chassis, producing a mighty wheelbase of nine feet, equipped with fine Bugatti-style wheels, and with the boat-tail of his own design and construction...
Dave has ample cockpit room, and aims for an old-fashioned Bugatti racer look. We anticipate in 2014 seeing the completed Teal special en route in France (and maybe UK). Congratulations, David - c'est magnifique!
STOP PRESS: 17th December - New Headlights
Dave has just purchased some real Bugatti headlights off French Ebay quite reasonably, and they work and look terrific. He's delighted, and it's Dave's birthday on Friday 20th - what a present to himself!
TEAL TYPE 44 - REDISCOVERED
A couple of weekends ago in December David Ward, Angelo de Souza and Cliff decided to drop into the Hartley Witney White Lion Antiques Classic Car show. As Dave parked up he was delighted to find that he was alongside the unique Teal Type 44 ( see Teal of the Week No. 25) now owned by Alan and Jane Asher, who rent her as a Wedding Car when not enjoying the Type 44 themselves.
The Tealers adjourned later to Cliff and Jan's to enjoy car chat, Jan's fine cake, Angelo's eats and Cliff's unique Teal/Bugatti museum, happy to have rediscovered a distinguished Teal, and to have put the owners in touch with the Teal Owners' Club.
A rare couple : Teal Type 44 beyond (2 litre Ford Pinto); supercharged Teal Type 35 (1600cc Triumph) of David Ward in foreground.
More Teal/Tealer News to come.... in 2014!