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Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam - Drag Racing Legends
Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam - Drag Racing Legends
Published: 2009/05/23
Channel: John Camfferman
Jungle Jim Liberman says his famous words "DRAG RACING IS FAR OUT!!"
Jungle Jim Liberman says his famous words "DRAG RACING IS FAR OUT!!"
Published: 2014/05/31
Channel: dragtimes2
Jungle Jim Liberman
Jungle Jim Liberman
Published: 2012/08/23
Channel: Billy Kleinspehn
"Jungle" Jim Liberman Model Build Finale
"Jungle" Jim Liberman Model Build Finale
Published: 2015/09/17
Channel: Greg's WorkShop
Jungle Pam Backing Up Jungle Jim Car @ 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Reunion, Epping NH
Jungle Pam Backing Up Jungle Jim Car @ 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Reunion, Epping NH
Published: 2013/09/16
Channel: MorbidConfessions
Jungle Jim Liberman and Jungle Pam Hardy
Jungle Jim Liberman and Jungle Pam Hardy
Published: 2009/06/09
Channel: ssnovajoe
The Jungle Jim Story (New)
The Jungle Jim Story (New)
Published: 2012/08/29
Channel: Andrew Chaney
(1) James Randall Liberman
(1) James Randall Liberman
Published: 2012/10/21
Channel: Jokernitrofc
In Remembrance
In Remembrance
Published: 2009/03/05
Channel: John Camfferman
Nothing Else Matters: Fatal Crash Compilation & Tribute
Nothing Else Matters: Fatal Crash Compilation & Tribute
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: RacingAccidents3
Jim Liberman " Jungle Jim" Funny Car  part 2
Jim Liberman " Jungle Jim" Funny Car part 2
Published: 2015/09/08
Channel: Greg's WorkShop
Jungle Jim Jungle Pam
Jungle Jim Jungle Pam
Published: 2014/11/02
Channel: CHASING MUSCLE CARS
Jungle Jim 1973 HR reunion
Jungle Jim 1973 HR reunion
Published: 2009/03/03
Channel: okanaganphotog
Fckonomics: Jungle Jim Liberman
Fckonomics: Jungle Jim Liberman
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Fckonomics Podcast
(Intro Russell James Liberman) Jungle Jim
(Intro Russell James Liberman) Jungle Jim
Published: 2015/09/06
Channel: Greg's WorkShop
OMG! "JUNGLE PAM" WITH SOME BAD ASS CHEVY WHEELSTANDS * DAMN!!!
OMG! "JUNGLE PAM" WITH SOME BAD ASS CHEVY WHEELSTANDS * DAMN!!!
Published: 2013/03/12
Channel: freakineagle
Jungle Pam Hardy
Jungle Pam Hardy
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: 123HarleysOnly
EXCLUSIVE! Jim Reeves Plane Crash Video
EXCLUSIVE! Jim Reeves Plane Crash Video
Published: 2013/07/23
Channel: Larry Jordan
Drag Racing Nostalgia from American Nitro
Drag Racing Nostalgia from American Nitro
Published: 2009/08/13
Channel: Bill Kimberlin
Jungle Jim Funny Car
Jungle Jim Funny Car
Published: 2014/07/29
Channel: StreetSportTv
Jungle Jim and Pam 1975
Jungle Jim and Pam 1975
Published: 2011/12/31
Channel: dragindart
Jungle Jim Maple Grove Banquet Tribute "The Best"
Jungle Jim Maple Grove Banquet Tribute "The Best"
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: zlumlord
LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF "JUNGLE PAM" HARDY
LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF "JUNGLE PAM" HARDY
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: CompetitionPlusTV
SEASON THREE, LEGENDS THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF "JUNGLE" PAM HARDY
SEASON THREE, LEGENDS THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF "JUNGLE" PAM HARDY
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: CompetitionPlusTV
JUNGLE JIM - the funny car
JUNGLE JIM - the funny car
Published: 2014/07/04
Channel: Martin DragVids
Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam
Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam
Published: 2010/12/06
Channel: Doug Gordon
Part 3 of Jim Liberman NHRA Funny car
Part 3 of Jim Liberman NHRA Funny car
Published: 2015/09/12
Channel: Greg's WorkShop
Funny Cars Clare Sanders Jungle Jim
Funny Cars Clare Sanders Jungle Jim
Published: 2015/02/08
Channel: World of Speed USA
Me vs. Jim
Me vs. Jim
Published: 2008/04/28
Channel: jeff pendrak
Junglr Jim Burnout
Junglr Jim Burnout
Published: 2009/10/28
Channel: 4medlen
Jungle Jims Tribute Funny Cars Raceway Parks 50th 7-25-15
Jungle Jims Tribute Funny Cars Raceway Parks 50th 7-25-15
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: zlumlord
Funny Car Drag Racing in the 1970
Funny Car Drag Racing in the 1970's from Atco Dragway
Published: 2014/12/31
Channel: dragtimes2
Jungle Jim funny car
Jungle Jim funny car
Published: 2009/10/30
Channel: BromsFriend2
Jungle Jim NFC Burn Out
Jungle Jim NFC Burn Out
Published: 2012/08/15
Channel: TreurRacing
Selfie burnout with John Force and Jungle Pam tribute, NHRA Norwalk 2016
Selfie burnout with John Force and Jungle Pam tribute, NHRA Norwalk 2016
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: nola308
Clare Sanders Jungle Nova
Clare Sanders Jungle Nova
Published: 2010/01/25
Channel: tikimonza
Jungle Jim Funny Car / Henry Gutierrez
Jungle Jim Funny Car / Henry Gutierrez
Published: 2015/09/30
Channel: Josue Rodriguez
Contract Screen Printing by CSP Jungle Jim Liberman tshirt
Contract Screen Printing by CSP Jungle Jim Liberman tshirt
Published: 2016/02/07
Channel: Joe Rastrelli
Jungle Wars Video 1   Jungle Jim Interview
Jungle Wars Video 1 Jungle Jim Interview
Published: 2014/08/07
Channel: Pastor Chuckles
Cali jungle jim 4
Cali jungle jim 4
Published: 2011/08/03
Channel: Rodney Yim
Corvair Wheelies - Wheelstanders & Women
Corvair Wheelies - Wheelstanders & Women
Published: 2012/12/18
Channel: 1unsafe1
JUNGLE JIM FUNNY CAR NHRA Part 3
JUNGLE JIM FUNNY CAR NHRA Part 3
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Greg's WorkShop
CHRR jungle Pam.mov
CHRR jungle Pam.mov
Published: 2012/05/29
Channel: SpeedSceneLiveTV
Jack Beckman and Jungle Pam NHRA #1 Funny Car Qualifier
Jack Beckman and Jungle Pam NHRA #1 Funny Car Qualifier
Published: 2016/11/13
Channel: Stanley Creekmore
Jungle jim funny car texas
Jungle jim funny car texas
Published: 2007/10/24
Channel: maxwedge1
NHRA
NHRA's Greatest Moments - 1970 - "The Crash"
Published: 2012/10/12
Channel: nhra
Jungle Jim is Born
Jungle Jim is Born
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: Jim OfTheJungle
Jungle Pam Hardy
Jungle Pam Hardy
Published: 2016/06/18
Channel: Bob C
Pam hardy
Pam hardy
Published: 2012/06/21
Channel: jaleelah1
Jungle 69
Jungle 69
Published: 2010/05/25
Channel: dloneyv8
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Russell James Liberman (September 12, 1945 - September 9, 1977) was a United States drag racer from Pennsylvania, known as "Jungle Jim". He was named #17 on the list of the Top 50 NHRA drivers.[1] Liberman was known for driving backwards at 100 mph (160 km/h) after doing his burnout.[1]

Liberman was a flamboyant showman who[1] primarily toured the United States drag racing events and averaged an estimated 100 events per year during the 1970s.[1] He refused to lift off the gas when a run was completely out of shape.[1]

Background[edit]

Liberman was born in Pennsylvania. He dropped out of high school in his junior year and began racing when he moved to Northern California.[1]

Drag racing career[edit]

He began drag racing in the Stock division at Fremont Raceway in 1964[1] and made a jump up to funny cars in 1965, driving a nitromethane injected Hercules Nova.[1] Later that year he started on the national scene as the driver of Lew Arrington's supercharged Brutus GTO Funny Car.[1] In 1966, Liberman went out on his own in his first supercharged Chevy II.[1] In 1967, he went on a tour that established him as a household name within drag racing circles across the country.[1] Despite making eight second runs in his Chevy when other top dragracers in factory-sponsored cars made runs in the seven second range, he gained a large fan following.[1] Liberman was more interesting.[1] He won the hearts of the spectators after he did wheelstands for the full length of the track in a two race match race against Don Nicholson.[1]

Liberman's success in 1967 prompted him to run a two car team in 1968.[1] His choice as the first driver in his second car was Clare Sanders. Others drivers using Liberman's cars included Ron Attebury, Jake Crimmins, Roy Harris, Russell Long, Pete Williams, and former partner Arrington.[1] The team went on to include a Steve Kanuika-owned and sponsored nine-second heads-up '69 Camaro and a Dutch Irrgang-driven '72 Vega Pro Stocker.[1]

Super Stock & Drag Illustrated had a story idea that required the total disassembly of a Funny Car down to the last nut and bolt for a true exploded-view picture. Nearly every leading driver in the category turned down the magazine's request. Liberman complied, and the resulting publicity only added to his legend.[1] Another one of his strengths was that Liberman was the main Chevrolet banner carrier.[1]

Sidekick[edit]

Liberman toured with a woman named "Jungle Pam" Hardy.[1] Liberman met 18-year-old Hardy while she was in high school. She toured with Jungle Jim wearing skimpy outfits and provocative on-track actions.[1] She helped him back to the line after he did burnouts.

She described Jungle Jim: "All that showmanship was his true personality. He just didn't turn that on at the track and then became normal like everyone else at home. He had that sort of flair even when we were just at the house or went out some place. You could always feel his presence wherever he was."[1]

NHRA[edit]

Liberman concentrated primarily on match races while touring the United States, not on racing on the NHRA circuit.[1] He had one national event win in NHRA competition at the 1975 Summernationals at Englishtown, New Jersey.[1] His second car was driven by Clare Sanders to victory at the 1969 Winternationals.

Death[edit]

Liberman died in a head-on car accident in his 1972 Corvette street car with a bus on September 9, 1977 in West Goshen Township near West Chester, Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x No. 17 "Jungle Jim" Liberman, NHRA.com, Retrieved Feb 6, 2017

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