Baughan to Ride is perfect combination of bikes and beer in Stroud
FOR a beer made in Stroud, its name is the perfect combination for "wheel ale".
When Stroud Brewery asked Stroud Life readers to come up with a moniker for an amber ale, beer and bike enthusiast Mick Few matched them perfectly.
"Baughan to Ride" celebrates Stroud motorcycle and cycle car manufacturer Harry Baughan's contribution to motorcycling and Stroud's industrial heritage.
"I like beer and I like British bikes," said Mick, whose entry in the Stroud Life competition was judged the best by the brewery. "The two seem to go together well.
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"I wanted to find something that was uniquely Stroud and a play on words."
The most famous machine to come out of the factory was a revolutionary motorcycle sidecar outfit which was so successful in competition that it was effectively outlawed by the sport's governing body, the ACU.
The two wheel drive system devised by Harry Baughan, and employees Chris Stagg and Bill Hayward was deemed an unfair advantage but the furore around it raised the profile of the marque.
Today the machine is on show at Stroud Museum in the Park and is owned by the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.
And on Saturday, Mick was able to toast the new beer alongside it.
"We liked Baughan to Ride because it's a play on words and is all about Stroud," said Pip Scrivens, of Stroud Brewery.
Available now, the 4.2% beer is described as "malty yet refreshing light amber ale".
The pump tap features what appear to be Baughan employee Bill Hayward and passenger Marjorie Heelas aboard the outfit.
Harry Baughan started building motorcycles in the 1920s and the factory was originally based in Piccadilly Mill in Lower Street, before moving to Lansdown.
After the Second World War, when motorcycles became more accessible to the masses, Baughan was one of hundreds of UK manufacturers who catered for the boom.
Baughan bikes competed in the Motor Cycling Club's London to Land's End, London to Edinburgh and London to Gloucester events, and won the 1933 Scottish Six Days Trial.
■ Brimscombe author Ken Chandler's book Harry Baughan - A Life of Motor Cycling tells the story of Harry Baughan and the factory.