Tiger says that this will be a transition. Steve does not keep the keys in his pocket yet, but it says something that a man like Tiger would trust a 20 year-old in his baby. Steve is a very gracious young man and is well aware of the opportunity that he has. I am looking forward to seeing him fly some more.
2008: Reno Air Races - Tiger qualifies and hangs back in 3rd or 4th watching and sizing the other racers up. He had plenty of Merlin power and was holding back for Sunday. On Sunday, he let loose with plenty of boost and passed Brown on the pace lap, then took sights on Dan Martin piloting Dago Red in first. Strega had too much power and passed Dago Red and went on to win Reno 2008. Congrats to Tiger Destefani, L.D. and the Strega Crew. What a great week of racing.
2009: March - Strega is apart and getting some work/mods done. Steve Hinton Jr. will qualify Strega at Reno in September. Tiger will also qualify Strega and be the "back-up" pilot.
2009: Reno Air Races - Team Strega has everything dialed in and working smoothly. Steve Hinton Jr. wins as the youngest unlimited pilot, breaking his father's record.
2010: Reno Air Races - Again Team Strega is on top of their game. Qualifying fast, flying fast and keeping the pole.
Steve Hinton Jr. wins a very anti-climatic Sunday Gold race that never happened. Strong winds came up and after some scary moments during the afternoon Sport race, RARA and the pilots decide to call it off.
2011: Reno Air Races - Strega qualified 1st - Cancelled on Friday after the Jimmy Leeward Crash
2012: Reno Air Races - Strega / Steven Hinton - 1st qualifier - 1st all week - Great performance
2013: Reno Air Races - Strega / Matt Jackson - did not qualify because of broken canopy coming down the chute on Tuesday. Won Friday Bronze Heat, but was DQed for Deadline cut. Won Saturday Bronze bumping them to the back of the Sunday Gold Championship. Coming from last, Jackson passed the field but could not catch Voodoo who won 7+ seconds ahead. Strega took 2nd.
2013: Oct - Strega put up for sale or sponsor - what is the future of this Champion?
2017: Sep 17, Winner! Reno Air Race Unlimited Gold Champion! Congrats to Tiger, pilot Jay Consalvi and the Strega crew for an incredible air race week. The best Unlimited race ever.