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"Strega" Race #7 (autographed by Bill "Tiger" Destefani) ~ Free Shipping

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Frame Size: 21"x 23" ....... autographed cut-signature signed in pencil by 7 time Gold winner ~ Bill "Tiger" Destefani. Comes with a COE.

Strega Race #7

Bill “Tiger” Destefani

 Tiger paws, that is... Bill "Tiger" Destefani has cemented himself into the halls of air racing history as one of the most determined, competitive and hard charging unlimited pilots ever. He’ll tell you he’s there to win, or he’ll break trying. He’s done both, too. He is a six time unlimited champion, and he as blown up Strega on more than one occasion in the quest for crossing the finish line first. He kept coming back until 2003."I started flying around age 21 just like everybody else," he says, spitting a wad of chew into a paper cup. "But ultimately, I wanted to get into warbirds. In 1980, I had bought my first Mustang and took it to Reno to see what the racing deal was all about." Obviously, he liked what he saw and set out to kick some butt. He teamed with Frank Taylor, and had Dago Red built up for the 1982 Reno race. Right out of the box, Dago won with Ron Hevle at the stick. Not liking some of the features built into Dago Red, Tiger found a Mustang wreck in Australia and had it built into Strega. Being of Italian ancestry, Tiger had been naming his aircraft with Italian monikers. Mangia Pane, his first Mustang, meant ‘bread eater,’ which any warbird certainly is. ‘Dago Red’ followed, which is a derogatory slang but also a wine. When the new racer was finished, Tiger settled on ‘Strega’ - The Witch. Ron Hevle flew the new racer for Tiger, but as with so many new racers, years went by as the airplane was sorted out. Tiger’s story is one of the more colorful within the unlimited racing community. He’ll tell you something with a straight face that, well, might not be totally true... He’ll inflate, play down, or downright be wiley about certain facts and figures. He might be one of the best pilots out there, too. Maybe not one of the best owners, but he’ll whip your ass around the pylons.

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