Racer and television personality Jessi Combs died on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. She crashed her jet-powered land speed record car in the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon, according to a local news report. Combs was 36 years old.
In 2013, Combs earned the title, “fastest woman on four wheels” after setting a land speed record of 398 mph. She drove her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger to 483 mph during a shakedown run in 2018.
On Wednesday morning her death was confirmed by a teammate on Instagram.
Combs is a skilled fabricator who is well-known for her appearances on several television shows, including “Overhaulin’,” “All Girls Garage,” and “Mythbusters.” Additionally, she was a skilled off-road racer.
“Roadshow’s” own racer, reviews editor Emme Hall wrote, “I knew Jessi from around the off-road scene, though we never actually raced against each other. I always looked to her career path as a model for my own, and seeing how she was able to earn a living by just being the knowledgeable and quirky Jessi Combs has always been inspiring. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her.”
Executive editor Chris Paukert worked closely with Combs on Autoblog’s series, “The List: 1,001 car things to do before you die.” He says that Combs was fearless. He would not call her the bravest person he had ever met because he does not believe Combs had any fear. “She wanted to see and do everything anyone could do related to metal, power and speed.” She had energy and drive that could not be quenched.
Earlier this month, Combs tweeted: “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.”
By Jeanette Smith
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