Welcome British Motorcycle Enthusiasts!

Mark your calendar: 34th annual Battle of the Brits, September 11, 2016

Click here for 2016 Battle of the Brits flyer and entry form.

Who We Are

Welcome to the Metro Triumph Riders, a group of Detroit-area bike enthusiasts dedicated to the care and feeding of all makes of British motorcycles, old and new. We are a nonprofit Michigan corporation, an affiliate of the American Motorcyclist Association, with membership open to anyone interested in motorcycles manufactured in England.

The Metro Triumph Riders support ownership of our beloved British motorcycles through monthly meetings, frequent technical repair and maintenance sessions, club rides, picnics, and our annual show, the Battle of the Brits, held the second Sunday in September. Our information-packed monthly newsletter helps keep members informed of upcoming meetings and events, and includes valuable technical articles and columns of interest to all fans of these distinctive British bikes.
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President's Corner


Another BOB has been put to bed. After 32 years it should be easy but would not be without our team of members who work so hard to make it happen. Like Atlas, Peter Gareffa takes the world on his shoulders and handles most of the details to make the BOB one of the premier vintage car and motorcycle events in the country. His work helped to smooth out many of the bumps we experienced in our first year at Camp Dearborn.

The "Take Charge Guy" Cliff Opalewski handles not only the Vender parking with Bob Harris on the day of the event but a myriad of tasks in preparation. He and Geri bring everything for the set-up day picnic(except for the meat that Chuck and I bring) and also cook for the whole group.

Speaking of Bob Harris, he has done a magnificent job handling and getting sponsors for the BOB. Their financial contributions make our event viable and give us a financial base to build on.

Many other members have contributed their time and efforts and our show reflects their efforts, and our show reflects their hard work.This year our bike entries were a bit down, but considering the temperature was in the 40's in the morning, I feel that we did okay. We always worry about rain, but I think the cold was just as dampening.

I personally want to thank, Camp Dearborn, our Vendors, the Car Club and everyone else that participated and look forward to another great year in 2015!



Treasurer's Topics

Each year we want to at least break even financially on Battle of the Brits, and hope to do a little better than that to help support Children's Hospital of Michigan as well as club activities.    

So from a financial perspective our second BOB at Camp Dearborn was successful. Our experiences at our new home give us confidence looking ahead to next year and beyond.



Who We Support


Upcoming events

14 Aug 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Kerby's Coney Island 5407 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48098
16 Aug 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Hunter House, 35075 Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009
07 Sep 2016 5:30 PM (EDT) • Cliff's house, see the member list for his address.

Recent blog posts

Recent forum updates

17 Jun 2015 8:46 PM • Ron Pruette
19 Jul 2016 8:28 PM • Don Chambers

Secretary's Scribbles

Click here for 2016 Battle of the Brits flyer and entry form.

The next Battle of the Brits is scheduled for September 11, 2016, at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan.

If you own a British (or European, or pre-1984 American) bike, please consider entering it. There are always plenty of great bikes and cars to look at, as well as food, vendors, and a chance to catch up with old friends or meet new ones.

Last year's event marked our third year at Camp Dearborn, and I think it’s fair to say it was a great success.

We had 168 motorcycles entered -- 25 more than the previous year, including 31 that had never been in the show before and 14 in the Master Class, our second-most ever.

The new Original/Survivor Class was a hit, with 8 great motorcycles displaying the kind of patina that is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Many thanks to our chief judge, Lindsay Brooke, for making this happen. Obviously, we're continuing this class for 2016.

Thanks to our sponsors and vendors for their support, to the bike owners who brought out their fine machines to share with us, and to all the MTR members and friends who worked so hard to make it happen.

Thanks, especially, to MTR president, Cal Norman, for his hard work and support; to our treasurer, Rick Jones, for keeping things running smoothly; to Bob Harris, for his tireless work with our all-important sponsors; and to our vice-president, Cliff Opalewski, who does ... well, practically everything!

There seems to be a misconception among some people that the Battle of the Brits is purely a concours show for “trailer queens.” But anyone who has been to a BOB knows better.

While our Master Class does feature some very fine original, restored, or custom British motorcycles, there are 22 other classes for a wide variety of bikes, modern and classic. And the vast majority of them are ridden to the event.

Let’s dust off some of those motorcycles hidden away in garages and share them with the public in 2016!

--Peter Gareffa


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