Get to Know the Fastest Woman On Four Wheels
Meet Jessi Combs, also known as the fastest women on four wheels.
Combs is a women's land speed record holder, metal fabricator, and off-road racer. She is co-host of autoblog's original video series The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die. You can also find her on All Girls Garage, Overhaulin', and The A-Team.
On October 9, 2013 Combs became the 'Fastest Woman on Four Wheels' when she broke the FIA Women's Land Speed Record on a dry lake bed in Oregon. In a retired, wingless ex-military jet, she recorded a two-way average speed of nearly 393 mph and maxed out at over 440 mph to break the record.
Combs was born in Rapid City, SD. According to her website, her love for cars and racing started at a young age. Her family influenced her passion off-roading and racing.
After 740 miles on the "new" #triumph, gazillions of new friends, hours with family and friends, 6 new/touched up/coverup tattoos, 3 missed flights, 2 tacos in the midst of amazing meals, and 1 speeding ticket... I would have to say #Texas treated me well. I could not be grateful enough for this little trip to follow my big Africa trip. #cheers! #youknowwhoyouare
This adventurous soul turned down a full scholarship to a prominent interior design school. According to her website, with a love for art and anything automotive, Combs moved to Laramie, WY to attend the WyoTech where she studied Collision/Refinishing, Chassis Fabrication, street RodFabrication, and Trim/Upholstery, graduating with a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication.
She appeared as a guest host on Overhaulin' and then soon after became a co-host the show Xtreme 4x4 and then Powerblock.
But an unexpected accident would soon strike.
While working on Xtreme 4x4, her website reported that Combs was severely injured by a large piece of machinery that burst fractured part of her spine leaving her in a wheelchair. However 8 months later, with a resilient spirit, surgery, rest and therapy, Combs was given full medical release.
Today, this fearless female competes in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, an all-women's off-road rally in the Sahara desert.
Her website also shares that Combs is also working on opening her own fabrication shop.
She describes it as "a place where bad ass hot rods, motorcycles, custom trucks, race vehicles, and anything metal will originate with a feminine touch; where chicks can finally have a place to get dirty be creative, use their skills, explore talents, go fast, and have fun in a comfortable working environment."
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