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Welcome to Team Strega Lucas Oil Profile

"Strega" is a highly modified P-51 Mustang, and eight-time Reno  National Unlimited Gold Class Champion
Owner/Pilot - Bill "Tiger" Destefani
Crew Chief - David Hughes
Pilot - Steven Hinton

Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography

Reno National Championship Unlimited Class WinsSteve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race

1987 - 1992 - 1993 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010

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Name: Steve Hinton
DOB: 8/22/1987
Residence: Corona, CA
Education: BS, Business Administration Cal Poly Pomona
Race Aircraft: North American P-51 Mustang
Race Number: 7

Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Winner Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Steve’s passion for aviation began at an early age growing up at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA; a museum his family started in 1957 and currently operates. Although his first flying experiences came while sitting on his dad’s lap, Steve’s official flight training did not begin until he was 15; obtaining his pilot’s license at 17 years old. Through his father’s own racing career which included 2 National Championships and an Absolute World Speed Record, Steve was exposed to Air Racing from the time he was 2 weeks old. Since 2004 Steve has been a crew member on a heavily modified WWII P-51 Mustang fighter known as Strega (Italian for Witch) working on everything from waxing the airframe to adjusting valves on the Rolls-Royce Merlin power plant. In 2007 he was given the opportunity to pilot Strega for the first time by owner/pilot Bill ‘Tiger’ Destefani. After gaining some experience racing a stock P-51 Mustang in the Unlimited Bronze Class at the Reno National Championship Air Races in 2008 he was chosen to be the primary race pilot of Strega. With the support of Lucas Oil and their various products which are used throughout the race plane, Team Strega looks to continue their success at the Reno National Championship Air Races, home of the world’s fastest motorsport.

Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography

 

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Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Winner Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography

2008  
3rd Unlimited Bronze
Unlimited Division Rookie of the Year

2009
Unlimited Division Top Qualifier                    486.170 MPH
1st Gold Heat 2A                                         450.743 MPH  
2nd Gold Heat 3A                                        480.077 MPH
1st Breitling Unlimited Gold Race                  491.822 MPH **
*New Race Record
*Youngest Ever Winner of the National Championship Air Races @ 22 years old

2010
Unlimited Division Top Qualifier                    484.255 MPH
1st Gold Heat 2A                                         465.655 MPH
1st Gold Heat 3A                                         473.437 MPH
1st Breitling Unlimited Gold Race                  Cancelled Due to Weather
                                                                 (1st Place Awarded via Heat 3A Results)

 



Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race

Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race
Photo Credit: Tim Adams PhotographySteve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Photo Credit: Tim Adams PhotographySteve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Photo Credit: Tim Adams PhotographySteve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Photo Credit: Tim Adams PhotographySteve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography

Photo Credit: Tim Adams PhotographySteve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race Photo Credit: Tim Adams Photography
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race
Steve Hinton P51 Strega Reno Air Race

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