Jungle Pam: The Life Story of The Queen of Drag Racing

Jungle Pam is a 70-year-old American woman best known as the Queen of Drag Racing and the sidekick of Jim Liberman, a drag racing star. She was born on March 19, 1954.

Jungle Pam, whose real name is Pamela Hardy, rose to the limelight for her involvement in drag racing. Though she is no longer active in her career, her legacy keeps her position in the spotlight. Read on to find out more about her life.

Summary of Jungle Pam’s Bio

  • Full name:  Pamela Hardy
  • Nickname: Jungle Pam
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: March 19, 1954
  • Jungle Pam’s Age:  70 years old
  • Ethnicity: Mixed
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Jungle Pam’s Husband: Bill Hodgson
  • Jungle Pam’s ex-husband: Fred Frey
  • Jungle Pam’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 4 inches
  • Jungle Pam’s Height in Centimetres: 157 cm
  • Jungle Pam’s Weight: 55 kg
  • Body measurements in inches: 34-28-40
  • Body measurements in centimeters: 86.36-71.12-101.6
  • Jungle Pam’s Net worth: $1.85 million
  • Famous for: being the sidekick of Jungle Jim

How Old is Jungle Pam?

Jungle Pam is 70 years old. She was born on March 19, 1954, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, making her an American national. Pam was born under the Pisces birth sign and is of mixed roots. Though the names and occupations of her parents are unclear, she was born to Christian parents who instilled godly morals in her.

Because Jungle Pam has concealed details of her family, it is not known if she is an only child or has siblings that she grew up with. She spent a memorable childhood in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she also received her education.

Information about where Jungle Pam had her elementary education is also yet to be discovered, but it’s common knowledge that she graduated from a local high school in her hometown. Upon graduation from high school, she enrolled at Pennsylvania University but dropped out to pursue her drag racing career.

A Track on Jungle Pam’s Journey Into Drag Racing

Jungle Pam had a successful career as a drag racing sidekick for Jim Liberman, an American funny car drag racer popularly known as Jungle Jim. Meanwhile, the queen of drag racing had an interesting journey in her career.

She was a final-year student in high school who had two weeks until her graduation day when she met Jungle Jim in May 1972. At that time, she had no idea about drag racing and was focused on her academics. Jungle Jim saw her walking down the road that day while driving his yellow Corvette and approached her. They began talking, and with time, they became close.

Afterward, Pam began learning about drag racing, ditching her education as she was already accepted into the University then. She eventually became Jim’s sidekick, earning her the nickname Jungle Pam. As Jungle Jim’s sidekick, her stunning figure dragged the crowd’s attention to the drag racer’s car. She was often braless with a skimpy halter, jeans, short pants, and go-go boots that made her look sexy.

Jungle Pam was designated to ensure that the car was in good shape after each run, like checking for leakages, staging the car, arranging the parachutes, filling the car with water and eight quarts of 70W oil, and positioning the car in line after burnouts. The popularity that they gained with their unique style earned them spots in some auto magazines, like Hot Rod Magazine in 1973. With their exceptional teamwork, the world of motorsport was changed for the better, and Jungle Jim’s profile as well as Funny Car Racing were expanded.

They made it to the list of the top 50 NHRA drivers, taking up the 17th position. The duo also appeared in a 16-minute documentary titled Vrooom!, directed by Ken Rudolph. However, the queen of Drag Race’s career as a sidekick ended abruptly in September 1977 after the death of her partner, who died as a result of an accident.

Who Is Jungle Pam Married To?

Jungle Pam is currently married to Bill Hodgson. She had been involved in two failed marriages after the death of her lover, Jungle Jim. After Jim’s death, she married Fred Frey, the owner of Funny Car, whom she met while still Jungle Jim’s sidekick. When they got married and how long they were married before they divorced are not known.

After divorcing Fred Frey, she moved on and got married for the second time to Bill Hodgson. Meanwhile, it is unknown when they met and started dating before they got married. When they tied the knot and how long they have been married is also unknown, but their love has had them through thick and thin.

Though Pam Hardy has been in two relationships, there are no records of whether she has welcomed any children from her marriages. However, she might have children but has chosen to keep them away from the limelight.

Jungle Pam

Where Is Jungle Pam Now?

Information about Jungle Pam’s whereabouts at this time is unavailable. Since she left drag racing, she has not worked as any other driver’s sidekick, nor has she had any other career. Meanwhile, she has attended various drag racing events and is still a huge fan of the sport.


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