Charlie Lutkie in the Black Panther at Belleville, Kansas in 1966.  That was the only sprint car race he competed in that year spending most of the year running the Black Panther as a super modified at "81" Speedway at Wichita, Kansas - Charlie Lutkie collection





#15 Charlie Lutkie in the by then, Chevrolet powered “Black Panther” lined up inside of the #67 Goodrich Machine Shop sprint car at Belleville, Kansas – Ray Cunningham collection




This photo was taken on the east end of the racetrack on the 13th lap of the 20-lap I.M.C.A. feature race at the Mid-America Fairgrounds racetrack in Topeka, Kansas on September 9, 1961.  Charlie Lutkie had spun the Black Panther and was stopped facing traffic.  Bobby Grim in the Hector-Honore-owned Black Duce #2 at left was able to miss Lutkie's stalled machine and went on to win the race.  Harold Leep at right in the Chet-Wilson-owned Offy Killer #25 was not as fortunate.  He struck Lutkie's car headon so hard that his car did a nose stand before falling back down on all four wheels.  Neither driver was injured and both were able to be restarted and continue on in the race.  Jim McElreath finished in second place and Leep came back to finish in third place - I.M.C.A. yearbook