SEASON THREE, LEGENDS THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF "JUNGLE" PAM HARDY
Pam Hardy doesn't see herself as a drag racing legend. However, in just four years, the teenager from West Chester, Pa., grew into an iconic figure well beyond the shapely curves which filled a halter top and skin tight jeans. In four years, Hardy, more commonly referred to in drag racing lore as "Jungle Pam," became a hit with race fans and forever immortalized her participation in drag racing as the ultimate B.U.G., more commonly known as Back Up Girl. Take a sneak peek into what made her a legend as we prepare for the launch of Season 3, Legends the Series. (Footage courtesy of Doug Gordon, American Nitro (www.americannitro.com), Jackson Brothers Video (www.nostalgiadrags.com)
Jungle Pam Backing Up Jungle Jim Car @ 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Reunion, Epping NH
The Jungle Jim car versus Crazy Jake, with Jungle Pam backing up the Jungle Jim car, at the Inaugural NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Epping, New Hampshire. (Saturday, September 14)
California Hot Rod Reunion 2012
The 2012 California HOT ROD REUNION in Bakersfield California. Each HOT ROD REUNION event features a wide variety of activities, including NHRA vintage drag racing, featuring some the sport's most famous and historic cars and drivers racing in such classes at Nostalgia Top Fuel, Funny Car, Fuel Altereds, Supercharged Gassers, Classic Super Stock, Hot Rods and others. Video was filmed and edited by Reid Stover and Joey Jordan.
LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF "JUNGLE PAM" HARDY
Think about this. Pamela Hardy, more commonly as Jungle Pam, was in drag racing for only four short years, yet her name remains iconic nearly four decades later. That's major longevity for someone whose main claim to fame was backing up a race car while scantily clad. Jungle Pam ran the roads as the yin to Jungle Jim Liberman's yang. She was the salt to his pepper. We think you get the drift. As much as she's enjoyed life as an ordinary citizen of West Chester, Pa., for the last four decades or so, drag racing fans have clamored for drag racing's ultimate backup girl. The day she stepped in front of Liberman, scantily clad, she was sentenced to a life of anything but ordinary. In this premiere episode of Legends: The Series, Season Three, Jungle Pam discusses those days of barnstorming drag racing and life on the road. She touches on drag racing as she sees it, and the loss of Jungle Jim, a loss she still feels pain for all these years later.