The Sound of Thunder
John Britten's V1000 - currently on display as part of GREAT BRITTEN! A work by Billy Apple - doesn't just look impressive. Journalist Nick Ienatsch, who rode the Britten for an article in Sport Rider magazine in 1995, wrote of how the racetrack crowd ran to the pits to see and hear the bike start up: "I wondered if a NASCAR engine had just fired up; the Britten spewed sound like a fire hose gushes water."
Click on the PLAY button above and have a listen to it flying past and idling.
Image: Britten V1000 installed in GREAT BRITTEN! A Work by Billy Apple at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, July 2016. F002–92 collection of Kevin Grant. Photo: John Collie