‘The Hulk’, a Lancaster and classic cars are a smash hit

Pistons and props: Just Jane lines up with some of the luxury cars  at the charity event
Pistons and props: Just Jane lines up with some of the luxury cars at the charity event

It’s not every day you see a man dressed as the ‘Incredible Hulk’ pulling an iconic Second World War bomber along an airfield runway!

However, that’s exactly what happened at the East Kirkby based Lincolnshire Aviation Centre.

The centre recently teamed up with local company Bush Tyres to stage its annual ‘Pistons and Props’ extravaganza.

The event - which raises money for charity - attracted more than 2,000 people.

The ‘Hulk’ was strongman Dave Johnson who managed to pull the Aviation Centre’s famous Lancaster - ‘Just Jane’ - along the runaway.

His amazing effort was just one of the many attractions at the event which also featured many of the Aviation Centre’s other aircraft and a glittering collection of luxury cars valued at £20 million.

Poor weather failed to dampen the spirits of visitors and the event raised 
£2,000 for this year’s chosen charity, Leukemia and 
Lymphoma Research.

It is the fifth year Bush Tyres has linked up with the Aviation Centre to promote what has become an increasing successful event.

Thomas Bush, of Bush Tyres, said: “There were a number of highlights and the event continues to go from strength-to-strength - no matter what the weather throws at us.

“It was our fifth year of running the event in conjunction with ZR Tyres, Bridgestone and the Aviation Heritage Centre.

“The museum’s Lancaster Bomber ‘Just Jane’ was taxied three times during the day in a memorable spectacle and we also welcomed the Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley and MG car clubs.

“Props and Pistons initially involved some of our friends and customers who either owned or knew of some nice cars to exhibit.

“It has steadily grown and we’re now reflecting on one of our biggest events to date.”

Another highlight of the day was a Ferrari Enzo wining the Best in Show for the Concourse de Elegance.

A series of prizes and promotions were offered by Bridgestone, including a Formula One simulator, a golf simulator, a hospitality unit and a chance to win a BMW car.

Bridgestone’s key accounts manager Sam Allatt said: “Bush Tyres put in a great deal of hard work to make the event a success so the least we could do was to show our support.”

For more information visit www.bushtyres.co.uk