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"Jungle Pam" Hardy, one of drag racing's main attractions in the '70s.
Jim Liberman was a drag racer who went by the nickname of "Jungle Jim." He won a lot of races in the 1970s. Fans loved him for his flamboyant personality and masterful driving. But this is not a picture of Jungle Jim -- this is "Jungle Pam" Hardy, Jim's sidekick, who commanded attention at the track with her tight, skimpy outfits. She had a job to do, as Jim's "backup girl," she helped guide him as he drove his Chevy Vega backward on the track after a burnout. Pam joined Jim's team in 1973, and in 1977 Jim died on an off-track car accident. Though she only did the job for four years, Jungle Pam remains the most iconic backup girl in drag racing history.
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