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This month we feature the cover of Chris Powling's latest title, Where the Quaggy Bends (see Authorgraph). The book is published in July by HarperCollins (0 00 185417 8, £7.99; 0 00 674087 1, £3.50 pbk) and we are grateful to them for their help in using this illustration.
Rob and his father worship Leadfoot, a vintage Alvis car. When, during a holiday in Scotland, the dignity of their goddess is threatened by a trio of macho-men driving a flashy Pontiac, strife erupts between the car fanatics. Things look nasty enough to frighten the female onlookers for a while, but after Rob's father is injured during a spot of makeshift artillery practice, it turns out that they're splendid fellows after all. First published in 1980, this adventure story is a paean to engine power, hurtling metal, rippling muscle, heavy weaponry and sweaty male mateship. I wonder if by any chance Leadfoot is related to Iron John?