The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 50
44-73704     N6168C     Closed
Solved by: Yoak, Meek, Olden, Smiley, Veich
P-51 Who 50
Case#: 50
Date: Jun 15 2000
By: MustangsMustangs
Photo: unknown date at Reno
Status: Closed
Serial: 44-73704
Registry: N6168C
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
Wiliam D. Yoak
06/18/2000 22:54
This one is a giveaway after a closer examination of the photograph at Reno (probably taken in 1976 or 1977). The subject is the former Thunderbird which was owned and raced by Marvin Gardner or Lefty as he is most commonly referred to as in the aviation community. Lefty took first place at Reno in 1976 in the Championship with this aircraft. This was due to the fact that there was some combined attrition among the front runners of this race. The apparent winner became disqualified after crossing the race deadline and the other fast contenders suffered blown engines and other mechanical difficulties.

This Mustang s/n 44-73704 is still registered as N6168C,but was acquired by Louis Shaw of Breckenridge, TX in 1994. It is now in a polished-bare-aluminum state and carries post WW II markings (USAF ).It appears to have received some beautiful detail work as it was judged Best P-51 at the Sun N Fun airshow in 1999. As always, I look forward to having some more Mustang cases to look up.
Mike Meek
06/20/2000 12:42
Looks like Lefty Gardners thunderbird N6168C. now owned by Lewis Shaw. Looks great all polished with that H prop.
Aaron Olden
06/20/2000 17:35
That Mustang Who Case 50 is Lefty Gardner's P-51D Thunderbird sorry I don't have fact sheet with s/n and history but I'm sure that's Lefty's Mustang.
Leo Smiley
06/23/2000 17:20
This is N6168C, SN4473704 When owned by Lefty Gardner and raced as #25 "Thunderbird". Winner of the Unlimited Gold in 1976. Now owned by Lewis Shaw as FF-704.
Chad Veich
06/24/2000 09:57
Looks to be Lefty's "Thunderbird"
bob keil
03/03/2015 17:31
i rode with lefty in this mustang in 1982. after eating dinner with him at his home we went for a ride that i will cherish for the rest om my life. i took a picture of his mustang and it looks just like the picture on internet. i love the mustang and think of lefty and his ride all the time. thanks thanks
Case Closed!
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