2011 Battle of the Brits

If you own and/or love a Triumph, Norton, Vincent or any other classic British motorcycle, Battle of the Brits in the Detroit, MI area is the place to be this September.

group of three men at Battle of the Brits admiring a Triumph motorcycle

A 1966 Triumph Bonneville gets an admiring examination at the 2010 Battle of the Brits.

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Battle of the Brits returns to St. Mary's of Orchard Lake, 30 miles northwest of downtown Detroit on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Hosted by the Metro Triumph Riders, Battle of the Brits has turned into the largest, most influential classic British bike show in the Midwest. Organized in association with the Detroit Triumph Sports Car Club, the event draws thousands of British bike and car fans from across the country. A typical year sees some 200 vintage Triumphs, Nortons, Vincents and Velocettes on display, not to mention another 400 classic British cars. And that's not counting the hundreds of bikes parked at the event ridden in by attendees. Like many shows, the parking area can be as interesting as the main staging area.

The show is one day only, so you'll want to get there well before the official 10 a.m. start to witness the variety of machines on hand. Judging in the AMA-sanctioned event will include three Best of Show awards, plus trophies in 19 additional classes focused mostly on British bikes but including Italian, German and European, American, and scooters and mopeds. The attendance fee is only $5, and bike entries are $10 each. Make plans now to take in one of the most important British bike shows of the year. MC

More info: Metro Triumph Riders