Suzi and Dave Rigby’s ‘Blue Beast’ Teal Type 35 boat-tail. Suzi is the vivacious Editor of our Teal magazine Teal Spiel, and is the daughter of John Elwell, founder in 1988 of the Teal Owners’ Club (TOC) and also of Pat Elwell our later TOC Chairman. John and Pat were pioneers in the early Teal world of the 1980s, and the photo below shows John enjoying Blue Beast some 30 years ago. It is fitting that Dave and Suzi are now also at the heart of Tealing, taking up the reins for the next generation of Tealers…
TEAL OF THE WEEK – 5
Glen and Maggie’s ‘Captain Sensible’ fine four-seater Teal has led the way (with them) on numerous Teal runs and adventures, to France, to Germany, to Spain, to Cornwall, to Wales, to Shropshire to The Peaks, to Yorkshire (often), to the Lakes and to Scotland. This glorious Teal (Glen and Maggie’s third) is full of character (like them – below), well patinated (like Glen), and is the source of constant public awe and interest every time we stop on a Teal rally, and also when we don’t. Under the pseudonym Captain Sensible Glen writes informed, scurrilous and highly amusing articles for Teal Spiel, revealing a deep love of the Teal, and the many happy encounters which Teals bring us all both at home and abroad…See one page from the end of this website for Glen’s terrible tales of Tealing – a delight!
TEAL OF THE WEEK – 6
This happy image shows our Neil Ramsay in his striking Teal Type 35 boat tail ‘Vital Spark’ taking Pardon Corner at speed at the Bugatti Owners’ Club Prescott Hillclimb near Cheltenham. Neil and Vicky from Scotland have been key members of our Teal Owners’ Club, leading many adventurous Teal rallies from the Cheviots into the Borders, through the Highlands and onwards on different occasions to John O’Groats, to Mull and to Harris, as well as supporting the TOC with their excellent company on forays southwards to deepest Shropshire, Sussex, France and Spain. This must be one of the best sporting images we have of a Teal 35 in action. Thank you, Neil and Vicky.
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Neil now drives a fine Morgan, and this splendid Teal is now under the happy ownership of Colin and Fiona, and has joined several Teal rallies and made fine appearances under the Teal flag at the Teal Prescott Hill Climb gatherings…
TEAL OF THE WEEK – NUMBER 6 (AGAIN)
Ben Trumble has been a major figure in the history of Teal Cars, and many will have admired his cracking Teal Dizzy II, build by him in 1991 and taken to France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain – see Teal of the Week No 58. But what came before Dizzy II ? Why Dizzy, of course; and here she is, built in 1986, Ben Trumble’s first Teal, an early Bob Jones aluminium Teal Type 35 boat-tail, and most attractive.
Inside the first Dizzy’s neat cockpit…recommended reading for the story of Teal Cars and developments under Bob Jones is Ben Trumble’s page on this website at ‘Thrilling Teals by Ben Trumble’.
Sharp-eyed Tealer David Ward points out that although I had this fine Teal down as Teal of the Week No 112, it is in fact now re-registered FIB 690, painted Porsche Red and has been enjoying life in Scotland and beyond with Neil Ramsay for many years – see our Teal of the Week No 6. Thanks, David, for re-reading Ben Trumble’s happy memoire on this website, and spotting the link.
TEALS OF THE WEEK – 7 and 8
Few people are lucky enough to have two Teals at the same time, but Rupert and Jean are the happy couple who own both ‘Grasshopper’ and ‘Dragonfly’ :
Grasshopper attracting feline interest in Spain…
The Spider Run 2007 – Land’s End to John O’Groats – Cheerful Rupert reverses Dragonfly at Aberystwyth
Rupert and Jean have been at the heart of the Teal Owners’ Club since Rupert built Dragonfly nearly 30 years ago. This four-seater Teal actually has a large trunk fitted where the rear seat might be, making Dragonfly a most practical touring car, with room for extra clothes, weather equipment (there’s a hood), cheese and wine,etc. Jean and Rupert have participated in all the major Teal runs, from Cornwall to Wales, The Peaks, Pennines, Yorkshire, the Lakes to Scotland, both Spider Runs (2007 and 2014) and have led several innovative Teal rallies – including in 2012 to Angouleme and Spain in their ‘new’, unique, delightful and powerful two-seater Teal Grasshopper, also shown below on their summer’s Sussex and Hampshire Wander, researched and happily led by them…