Butterworth's latest racing hero goes off to college, the chief effect being that instead of touring the tracks with his...

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DAVE WHITE & THE ELECTRIC WONDER CAR

Butterworth's latest racing hero goes off to college, the chief effect being that instead of touring the tracks with his famous racing family in the role that won him (at seventeen) last year's Racing Mechanic of the Year award, he spends his time -- not in the classroom, having been excused from automotive engineering 101, but helping beautiful junior Alice Vickery build the hybrid battery-powered lawnmower-engined Renault she's entering in the university's antipollution race. It's clear that Alice, whose selection as a candidate has something to do with women's lib, badly needs the practical expertise Dave brings to the project, and in fact he takes over at once and realizes when it's all together that she really hadn't understood what he was doing. But she's breathtakingly pretty even with grease on her cheek and Dave beats out a fraternity senior for Alice as well as another fraternity rat in the race when he breaks the finish line at a cool three mph. Obviously Butterworth hasn't much to do with either antipollution or women's lib but the mere mention of both issues no doubt offers his readers a semblance of contemporaneity.

Pub Date: April 1, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 161

Publisher: Four Winds

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974