This story, set in and around Hermosa Beach, California, is completely pro hot rodding and sports car racing, of the more planned and sensible variety, though its facile characterizations are deeper of the cars than of the men and boys who run them. Woody, 17, works for Worm, a top mechanic and a good Scot, who has had a racing background with some psychological upsets. Then Randy, another Britisher, arrives for a race meet with the Black Tiger, a dream of a car made in Milan. Woody is thrilled just to be near it. The Black Tiger has a bad reputation, further blackened when it kills Randy, but Woody, faithful and determined, works on the car and races it to win a third that is a spiritual triumph for himself and Worm. For the enthusiasts.