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"Jungle Jim" Liberman STUDEBAKER?????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustombuilder, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    just heard an interesting story this evening. i was told that Jungle Jim campaigned a 53 or 54 Studebaker very early on in his career. can anyone confirm this and do you have any pictures? a solid 40 minutes on Google has netted me nothing and all i could find on the HAMB was someone saying they thought they heard he had raced a Studebaker Lark at some point.
    anyone know the real scoop?
  2. brandon
    Joined: Jul 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,340


    think theres a shot of the lark on the jackson bros. gasser video...thinking it may have been lou arlingtons...... brandon:D
  3. gas pumper
    Joined: Aug 13, 2007
    Posts: 2,956

    gas pumper

    Found this at the Jungle Pam site:

    Where's Fremont?
  4. 303racer
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 521


    Northern California

  5. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,661


    Drag racing NEEDS someone with the balls to do a burnout on the return road!
  6. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

    Member Emeritus

    Joined: Apr 9, 2002
    Posts: 1,783

    So did Kenny Bernstein.

  8. ol gasser
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 333

    ol gasser
    from here

    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  9. ol gasser
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 333

    ol gasser
    from here

    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  10. bushwacker 57
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 486

    bushwacker 57

    I remember the lark at VACAVALLEY RACEWAY was running in AMP prob in the late 60s pontiac powered paint was orange also the tiger tail was hanging from the back. Jim was the driver at that time.
  11. 6t5frlane
    Joined: Dec 8, 2004
    Posts: 2,382

    from New York

    I hear a full length movie is in the works on Jim's life. Six Second Love Affair was the name mentioned.....FYI
  12. Church
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 2,819

    from South Bay

    I knew Bernstein had a stude, but not Jungle. My dad used to share a shop with him way back when. Jungle even built my dad his first set of zoomies when he worked for Goodies. I will ask about the stude.
  13. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    a lot beleive this to be a fake restoration (myself incluced) but its cool.
    Paul B likes this.
  14. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    still no pics of Jim's Stude huh?
  15. Clik
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,920


    This is from Jungle Pam's web site:

    The first serious, non-stock car that Lew and JJ built (predecessor to Hercules) was (gasp) a Stude Lark set up I believe to run AA/MP, but is more of a funny than what was AA/MP in those days. Complete roll cage -no interior- ran an injected Hemi. It was not around long (right away they got more ideas and started on Hercules) and ran only locally at Fremont, maybe Vacaville. I have pictures of it somewhere........ and if I never find the pics, it's firmly in my mind. Every once in a while nowadays I see a cool Lark at a car show and my heart does pitty-pats.
    <!--mstheme--><!--msthemelist--><TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><!--msthemelist--><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=baseline width=42>[​IMG]</TD><TD vAlign=top width="100%"><!--mstheme-->[FONT=Arial, Arial, Helvetica]"Jungle Bobbie" Liberman on her and Jim's first funny car, 12/98<!--mstheme-->[/FONT]<!--msthemelist--></TD></TR><!--msthemelist--></TBODY></TABLE>
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  17. HJ, I think 440 means "HTF did he get that particular engine/body combination into that particular classification?" ;)

    If memory serves the term/class "Modified Production" had a somewhat different definition at that time (early-mid '60s), than it did later on into the late '70s....RIP, MP, we knew ye well. :mad:
  18. I also remember his Stude being Pontiac powered, not chev. Lew Arrington and Jim were both into Pontiacs up until mid 1965.


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  19. wheels777
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 177

    from York, PA

    I have found a couple dozen references to JJ's AA/MP Lark. Does anyone have a picture?
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,760


    Am I the only one that is comparing the front of a bullet Nosed Studie and Jungle Pam in a tee shirt?
  21. That'd be two (2) bullet nosed Studies, Sir!

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