Woody Hartford had done a lot of drag racing (to the exasperation of his girlfriend, Mary Jane) but halfway through his first lap race (in an MG borrowed from a racing female Mary Jane also disapproved of) he knew he had been born a coward. At the first danger of a spinout he had become cautious and terrified. Friends praised his natural driving ability, but Woody knew it was not inexperience but sheer failure of nerve that had kept him in 6th place. Previously he would have leaped at the chance to drive the magnificent Black Tiger, the Italian-engineered marvel his friend Randy—cheerful British racing maniac Jim Randolph—expected to revolutionize auto racing. Though he still loved the Tiger, he now wanted to have nothing to do with her. But after the Black Tiger put a permanent end to Randy's racing career, Woody knew he would have to test himself against her...or live with his fear forever.
First published in hardcover by E.M. Hale and Co., Eau Claire, Wisconsin (or Ives Washburn, New York...we're not sure) with paperback publication following the same year (1956) by Berkley Books in a Berkley Highland edition. Ives Washburn editions (at least) have frontispiece and cover illustrations by Ray Campbell.
Original title: The Black Tiger
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Sports