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Posted 9 months ago

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This is a two part post where I discuss the model and the actual car upon which the model was based.
The Model was made by Playing Mantis under the Johnny Lightning name. Playing Mantis obtained the Johnny Lightning name and produced more cars by far than the original Johnny Lightning. This model is from 1998.
The original Jungle Jim funny car is based on a 1972 Camaro. Jungle Jim Lieberman was the owner and driver and was known for him flamboyant driving. He did long burnouts and would reverse at 100 mph.
I prefer the funny cars from this era as they more resemble the cars on which they are based. It's hard to tell what the current cars are supposed to be as they stretch them out and along with many other modifications.

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  1. fortapache fortapache, 9 months ago
    Thank you

  2. buckethead, 9 months ago
    Jungle Jim Lieberman - one of my drag racing favorites! I burned lots of rubber back in the 70's with my buddies doing Jungle Jim burnouts. Our small town police force didn't appreciate us doing that. Jungle Jane ....well....she was Jungle Jane :)
  3. buckethead, 9 months ago
    Ooops ....Jungle Pam....Jungle Pam....
  4. fortapache fortapache, 9 months ago
    Thank you very much buckethead. Oh yes Jungle Pam. Quite the characters.
  5. fortapache fortapache, 9 months ago
    Thank you
  6. McCoyNelson McCoyNelson, 9 months ago
    I have some of these but they're dragsters.
  7. EJW-54 EJW-54, 9 months ago
    Oh yeah, I remember Jungle Jim and of course Jungle Pam!!
  8. fortapache fortapache, 9 months ago
    Thank you very much McCoyNelson. So far I have one wheelstander and some funny cars. Hope to add dragsters to it.
  9. fortapache fortapache, 9 months ago
    And thank you very much EJW-54.
  10. fortapache fortapache, 9 months ago
    Thank you
  11. fortapache fortapache, 8 months ago
    Thank you SEAN68.

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