Jessi Combs Biography
Jessi Combs (Jessica Combs) was an American professional racer, television personality, and metal fabricator. She is a former cast member of Mythbusters. Jessie died on August 27, 2019 during a land speed record attempt in the Alvord Desert, Oregon. She held the title of “fastest woman on four wheels” after hitting a speed of 398 miles per hour in her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.
Her first professional job was when she was hired by the WyoTech marketing department together with another student to build a car from the ground up in six months to debut at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) show.
She hosted the television show Xtreme 4×4, a part of the Powerblock, for four years leaving in 2008 following a widely publicized accident.
Jessi Combs Age
Jessie died at the age of 39, she was born on July 27, 1980 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Jessie Combs Education
Combs attended Stevens High School graduating in 1998. She later joined WyoTech in the Collision & Refinishing Core Program, as well as the Street Rod Fabrication and Custom Fabrication and High Performance Powertrain programs graduating in 2004, all at the top of her class.
Jessi Combs Family
Jessie was the daughter of Jamie Combs and Nina Darrington. Her family moved from Rockerville to Piedmont when she was 2 years old. She had three siblings, Kelly Combs, Austin Darrington, Danielle Theis, and two step-siblings, Rebeka Hall and Arielle Hall. Her great-grandmother was Nina DeBow, a jazz pianist who raced Stanley Steamers.
Jessie Combs Married – Jessie Combs Husband
She was previously married to Ian Johnson who was her co-host in the show “Extreme 4×4”, but their relationship ended in divorce.
Jessie Combs Boyfriend
Jessie was in a relationship with Terry Madden who was a crew member of hers. He has been a co-driver for last 4 Seasons for Levi Shirley for Ultra 4, Ultra 4 Europe, and Dirt Riot.
Jessie Combs Racer
Jessie was a race driver who worn several awards throughout her career, but her most memorable achievement was in 2013 becoming one the fastest women in the world. During the North American Eagle (NaE) Supersonic Speed Challenger on the Alvord desert, Combs earned the women’s 4-wheel land speed record with an official run of 398.954 mph (632 km/h) and a top speed of 440.709 mph (709 km/h).
In 2016 she broke her record when she set a new top speed of 477.59 mph when driving the Other American Eagle. Her other accolades included the Ultra 4 Spec Class National Championship with Falken Tire in 2014, a 1st place in the King of the Hammers with the Savvy Off-Road team in the EMC Modified Class in 2016, and a 12th place finish in the Unlimited Class in 2017 while driving a Stock Mod Car.
Jessie Combs Death
Combs died on August 26, 2019 following an accident while trying to break her own land speed record in a jet-powered vehicle. She had previously earned the titled of “fastest woman on four wheels” after hitting a speed of 398 miles per hour in her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger. Combs was attempting to break this record in the Alvord Desert in Oregon when the accident occurred.
She was the only individual in the jet car when it crashed, and as such was the sole fatality in the accident.
How Did Jessi Combs Die – Jessie Combs Crash
According to The Blast Comb’s vehicle failed to properly stop, causing the car to travel beyond the safety of the river bed and violently crash. Sources revealed to them that the vehicle was travelling at a high speed and failed to stop at the end of the run. The vehicle was equipped with several safety mechanisms to help with descending speed so the car can come to an eventual stop but something went wrong. They also said that since the car didn’t slow down, the accident was “equivalent to an airplane crash.”
Jessi Combs Jet Car
According to a description of the car Combs was driving when she crashed, it was an idea “to take a jet fighter, and turn it into the fastest racing machine in history. When all of this started, it really was nothing more than a few guys in a garage, scraping paint and shaping sheets of metal. Every step of putting the vehicle together has made the dream just a little more real. Now we move onto the ultimate goal of going supersonic.”
It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire… those who are willing, are those who achieve great things. .
People say I’m crazy. I say thank you 😉
.#fastestwomanonearth #almost #fasterthanfast #jetcar #afterburner #landpsee… https://t.co/IrnCQQWMGJ pic.twitter.com/A5NZ6Luq0u
— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) August 24, 2019
Jessi Combs Tributes
Happy to join the party, but hopefully not soon. Don’t invite anyone else we know for a while, ok?
Miss you. pic.twitter.com/2bw0C35u8n
— Chris Paukert (@CPAutoScribe) August 28, 2019
RIP to Jessi Combs.
Barely knew her, rode with her a few times. She was super kind, a total goofball, and obviously a complete, fucking badass. https://t.co/a5LB3y80YU
— ASTRONAUTALIS! (@astronautalis) August 28, 2019
I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash. She was a brilliant & too-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, & strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example. She was also a colleague, and we are lesser for her absence.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019
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RIP @thejessicombs What a RAD CHICK! ・・・ Yesterday, while attempting to beat her own land speed record, the 52,000 horsepower jet-powered car driven by racer, fabricator, and television personality Jessi Combs crashed in the Alvord Desert in Oregon, killing her, as local news reports. Combs was 36 years old and held the title of “fastest woman on four wheels” after breaking 398 mph in that same North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger in 2013. Combs was attempting to beat her previous record, and had attempted it as recently as last year, when she managed a 483.227 mph shakedown run before mechanical problems ended the attempt, as noted on the team’s bio page for Jessi. #ripjessicombs #jessicombs