An art promotion went slightly awry when one of only 10 Britten V1000 superbikes in the world had a boil-over in front of a crowd of hundreds.
They were gathered to see the bike put through its paces on the forecourt of the Christchurch Art Gallery.
Crowds were gathered to see the Britten V1000 put through its paces but things went slightly awry.
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The bike, one of the fastest in the world in its class, was designed by Christchurch entrepreneur John Britten and won a world championship in 1995.
Britten died that same year.
The gallery is staging an exhibition called "Great Britten" by one of the country's best known conceptual artists, Billy Apple. The exhibition opens on Saturday.
Today, to publicise the exhibition, the superbike, under the control of champion rider Andrew Stroud, looped the gallery and pulled in front of the crowd to "lay" a rubber skid-mark "B" on the forecourt.
They didn't quite get it all done though, with Stroud turning the bike off before the B was fully finished.
That's when water started to pour from the radiator system.
One of the organisers said the bike was designed for air cooling to assist when the engine is running at high revs and the static prolonged burnout tested the system and the bike "got a bit hot".
He said he believed there was no serious damage.