“Jungle Pam” Hardy to Make Special Appearance at 19th California Hot Rod Reunion

Posted on September 17, 2010

Join Reunion Grand Marshal Tom Hanna and Honorees including the Jungle Jim Funny Car Team at Auto Club Famoso Raceway for the annual nostalgic drag fest weekend, Oct. 15-17

 Hot Rod February 1973 Photo by Mike Brenner

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Popular drag racing personality “Jungle Pam” Hardy, who toured the matchrace circuit with the flamboyant Funny Car racer “Jungle Jim” Liberman in the 70s, will make a special appearance at the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Oct. 15-17. Don’t miss the chance to meet and see this legendary lady of drag racing.

Joining Jungle Pam at the Reunion will be master fabricator Grand Marshal Tom Hanna, as well as Reunion Honorees Bill Bagshaw, Don Long, Al “Mousie” Marcellus, Tom Prufer and the duo of Steinegger and Eshenbaugh. These guys will be on hand with dozens of other hot rod heroes to relive the glory days of quarter-mile, front-engine drag racing.

On Friday, Oct. 15 the Jungle Jim Funny Car Team and Jungle Pam will be honored at the FREE Hot Rod Reunion Reception with the 2010 Justice Bros. Car Care Products Spotlight award for their contribution to the early days of drag racing and their continued dedication to the sport in the memory of “Jungle Jim” Liberman. The reception will be held at the Reunion’s host hotel, the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield, CA at 7:30 p.m.

Now fans can experience nostalgic drag racing close to the strip in the exclusive Quarter-Mile Courtyard. The Quarter-Mile Courtyard fan hospitality area comes complete with:

  • 3-days of admission
  • VIP parking pass
  • Special driver and celebrity appearances
  • Complimentary lunch served Sat. and Sun.
  • Private restrooms
  • Private beverage and snack concessions
  • $10 in food and beverage vouchers
  • $10 off purchase of $20 or more in the Reunion Central Souvenir Tent
  • Goodie bag with souvenir program and dash plaque
  • Private grandstand seating near starting line

Reunion race fans must act quickly, as the Quarter-Mile Courtyard fan hospitality area offers limited seating.

To purchase tickets, visit us online at www.museum.nhra.com or by calling 800-884-NHRA (6472). Tickets may also be purchased at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Gift Shop located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. 91768 or call 909/622-2133.

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