A year ago on 3rd June our Teal colleague and friend Keith Lidgerwood died in Cheshire; we miss him.
Tealer Andrew Smith from Chesham has been out and about at local Buckinghamshire events, getting rather damp at fetes such as Hyde Heath in the process ( a natural Teal hazard) , and sends us this fine woodland photo of his lovely Teal Type 35 boat-tail 4C/1700. Andrew is a professional photographer and part-time pilot, and after a quiet Tealing period in 2013 is getting his terrific Teal back on the road with the Club in 2014.
If my reporting seems rather biased towards this lovely Teal, that's because it is: for several years your webmaster enjoyed temporary custody of UVJ 840, when we enjoyed Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, the Lakes and Scotland together, and I still have a very soft spot for her, then called Brigitte.
Thanks, Chilterns Andrew, and a happy summer's Tealing with UVJ840...
Brooklands last weekend: Angelo's pretty sure he's beyond help...
Antonio, Cliff and Andy display differing costumes for the Brooklands Charity Day...
David Ward's terrific Triumph six-cylinder supercharged Teal was widely admired at the show; and his reserve transport was painted an appropriate colour.
Jo, MG Alan's wife, sitting pretty in David's Teal DNA
(Alan has several fine MGs, and spotted Teal of the Week No 118 for us at Moss's Triumph and MG spares in Hanworth, west London - thanks, Alan!)
This unusual Bugatti Type 35 has a hood, running boards and twin spare wheels on the back. The driver looks like he's broken down beside the autoroute/autobahn, but Tealer Wolfgang tells us the caption in fact says: "On grand tour. Emil Bremme with his 35 B. The sports coachwork was built by the owners, and designed by the Bachmann-company in Wuppertal."
On further investigation Herrr Bremme turns out to be a lucky chap, the heir to a beer factory, as you can read from this link:
In the photo that looks a pretty snug all-weather cockpit, rather drier than most two-seater Teals. Bravo, Herr Bremme for touring in such a small car - a little like the couple below:
Given the right conditions, most Bugattis can be just as wet as most Teals...
THIRTY YEARS OF TEALS
JOHN O'GROATS - LAND'S END CELEBRATION RALLY
Photo: Michael Beales with many thanks
Update 1. On the morning of Saturday the 21st June at John O'Groats , delightful Teals (and delightful Tealers!) join up for the start of the eight-legged, ten-day Spider Run 2, under the guidance of Neil and Vicky Ramsay for the first three legs through Scotland to the Lakes.
Bon voyage! More Tealers will be joining in at Edinburgh, the Lakes, York, Llangolen, Stroud and Exeter en route to Land's End to celebrate 30 years of happy Tealing...
Update 2: Beside the Forth rail bridge, southbound Teals take a break...
Rupert,Jean,Harry,Carole,Colin, Irené,Neil, Vicky,Dot,Phil and Bob - Tealers all. Photo: Jean Quested - thanks.
Update 3: lunchtime, Tuesday 24th June, near Carlisle. The Tealers are joined at Houghton Hall by long-time Teal enthusiast and owner Ian Alecock, who took this photo for us - thanks, Ian:
Wednesday and Thursday : York - More Spidery news to come....
spider run one 2007 - leg one - St Ives
SPIDER RUN 2:
COMING TO A COUNTY NEAR YOU
OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS
20th June John O'Groats
30th June Land's End
20 Teals, 37 Tealers, come and join in any of the eight legs of the Spider
(JOG-Cairngorms-Edinburgh-Lakes-York - Llangolen - Gloucester/Stroud - Exeter - Land's End)
You'll be most welcome
Land's End last time
more to come
TEALS ON TOUR - SPIDER RUN 2
Thirty years ago in 1984 Ian Foster offered the first Teal for sale to the general public. This anniversary year the Teal Owners' Club will be celebrating the success of the marque with a Teal run for Club members from John O'Groats to Land's End from 20th June to 1st July 2014.
All members are welcome to join in for one leg of the run, or for all eight legs, or for as many as they wish, stopping off near Aviemore, Edinburgh, the Lakes, York, Llangollen, Stroud/Gloucester, Exeter and at Land's End itself...
The Teal run will be known as Spider Run II (eight legs = spider) and follows the highly successful Spider Run I in the other direction seven years ago. Full details are in the Teal Spiel March 2014 and June 2014 Editions for Teal Owners' Club members. Do come and join us, please.
Dot and Phil enjoying the sun in their fine Teal Type 35, scheduled for John O'Groats to Land's End in June to celebrate 30 Years of Teal Cars...