Now in its seventh year, Props and Pistons took place on its well established August Bank Holiday Monday date. With the weather incredibly kind, all manner of rare & exotic cars were attracted to East Kirkby - in fact hundreds of participants had arrived by mid morning, representing manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes, MG and Porsche.

 

In addition to the car displays filling much of the centre's site, a capacity crowd were also treated to incredible flying displays. A first time visitor to the airfield, from North Weald, was the Hangar 11 Collection's stunning mid 1944 vintage Spitfire PR.XI PL965. This photo reconnaissance Spitfire variant was designed to operate at high altitudes (over 30,000 ft) and at speeds of over 400 mph, and as such was the fastest of all the Merlin powered Spitfires.

 

Lancaster NX611 Just Jane performed three taxy runs for the sun baked visitors and Griffon powered Mk.XIX Spiftire PS915 performed a pleasing display courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Completing the warbird line-up at the 2017 Props and Pistons was the Aircraft Restoration Company's unique Bristol Blenheim Mk.I - all four warbirds added a truly stunning 'props' element to the day!