|Jessi Combs Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||July 27, 1980|
Jessi Combs was an American professional racer who was popularly known as the fastest woman on 4 wheels. Jessi was also a vehicle builder, fabricator, TV personality, and an all-around automotive legend who had set a women’s land speed class record (four wheels) in 2013. Apart from participating in races, Combs was also a regular face on reality TV shows as she hosted more than 90 episodes of Spike TV show Xtreme 4×4 from 2005 to 2009. She was also seen in Overhaulin, Mythbusters, The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, All Girls Garage, and How to Build… Everything. All those who knew her received a set back when the news of her untimely death was made public in 2019.
She was born on July 27, 1980.
Jessi died at the age of 39 on August 27, 2019, in Alvord Desert, Oregon, United States. She died in a crash of a jet-powered high-speed race car in Southeastern Oregon while she was trying to beat her own four-wheel land speed record of 398 mph.
Rockerville, South Dakota, United States
Long Beach, California, United States
She did her schooling from Stevens High School in 1998. She was offered a scholarship to a prominent interior design school which she turned down to graduate in Collision/Refinishing, Chassis Fabrication, Street RodFabrication, and Trim/Upholstery from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming. Jessi was the topper of her class with a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication.
Racer, TV Personality, Fabricator, and Vehicle Builder
- Father – Jamie Combs (Mechanical Engineer)
- Mother – Nina Darrington
- Siblings – Kelly Combs (Brother), Austin Darrington (Brother), Danielle Theis (Sister)
- Others – Rebekah Hall (Step-Sister), Arielle Hall (Step-Sister), Nina DeBow (Great-Grandmother) (Jazz Pianist)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
55 kgs or 121 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Jessi Combs had dated –
- Ian Johnson – Jessi and Canadian actor and mechanic Ian Johnson developed a fondness for each other on the set of Xtreme 4×4 while anchoring the show together. They were married for a short period of time.
- Chris Jacobs (2012) – She dated Chris Jacobs, her co-host of Overhaulin while they were working together in 2012. It was a short-lived relationship.
- Terry Madden – She was seeing Terry Madden at the time of her death. Terry Madden was a member of the Cambell Racing Team and also served as the co-driver of Lev Shirley’s last 4 seasons of Ultra 4.
Race / Ethnicity
Bright smile and positivity
Combs served as the face of many brands and products all related to her job and machines she worked with. She was known to endorse only those products which she had personally used.
She was the brand ambassador for several companies like Bosch, Dodge, Nissan, Mobil 1, XX Chromes All Women’s Bike, Lincoln Electric, Warn Industries, Raw Deal, Industrial Metal Supply Company, American Welding Society, Raceline Wheels, Dake, and WyoTech.
Best Known For
Her fastest land-speed record in a four-wheeled vehicle. She made that record on October 9th, 2013, when she drove the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger at the Alvord desert. She earned the women’s 4-wheel land speed record with an average run of 398.954 mph (632 km/h) with a top speed of 440.709 mph (709 km/h).
She made her feature film debut in Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot in 2019. Unfortunately, Jessi lost her life even before the movie was released. Director Thomas Smugala dedicated the movie to her memory.
First TV Show
Combs made her TV show debut as a host on Xtreme 4×4 in 2005.
Jessi Combs Favorite Things
- Color – Black
- Hobby – Driving, Metalworking, Leathercraft, and Photography
- Sports – Car Racing
Source – IMDb
Jessi Combs Facts
- She initially wanted to make her career in snowboarding for which she traveled to North America before settling in Denver, Colorado. However, the demanding physical effort made her switch to metal fabrication and racing.
- Jessi’s great-grandmother Nina DeBow was a racer too. Jessi was once quoted as saying that her great-grandmother could race anything from Stanley Steemer to Volkswagen Beetles.
- Her great-grandmother was a spokesmodel for Goodrich tires.
- She was hired by her own college’s marketing department. She and one another student was appointed to make a car right from scratch in 6 months to debut at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) show.
- Jessi’s family said that her biggest dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth.
- Her jet known as the “North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger” was a 56ft-long, 52,000-horsepower car.
- Jessi went on to shatter her own mark of 398.954 mph, topping 483 mph in subsequent follow-up runs. However, those efforts were not considered official because of mechanical issues. Jessi was trying to break the women’s land speed record of 512 mph (823 kph) set in 1976 by Kitty O’Neil.
- In 2007, while hosting the show Xtreme 4×4, Jessi met with an accident. The injuries were severe and it took her almost 8 to 9 months to recover. Following the on-set accident, Combs left the show Xtreme 4×4 in 2009. However, her popularity earned her another job in 2009 where she hosted 7 episodes of the 7th season of MythBusters in absence of Kari Byron, who was on maternity leave then.
- In 2013, she recorded an AOL Autoblog Show called The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die. Patrick McIntyre was her co-host and their vlog became an award-winning automotive adventure series.
- In 2013, she surpassed the 48-year women’s land speed record of 308.506 mph which was set by Lee Birdlove in 1965.
- In July 2017, Jessi had co-hosted the SEMA Gala with Jarod DeAnda.
- Jessi wrote the book, Joey and the Chopper Boys and published it in June 2015.
- Combs participated in the Baja 1000 off-road race and was the first woman to compete in the King of the Hammers event in 2016.
- She was called the Queen of Hammers and had also taken part in Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in 2015, which is the world’s only all-female rally race.
- She was seen in the Discovery Channel‘s panel show BREAK ROOM in 2018.
- Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles held an exhibition from September 22, 2019, to September 25, 2019, to celebrates Combs’ life called Jessi Combs: Life At Full Speed.
- As of September 9 2019, Guinness World Records was considering the possibilities of dedicating the record of the fastest woman-on wheels in the world to Jessi following her death. Jessi was successful in achieving 515.346 mph and 548.432 mph for an average of 531.889 mph.
- Visit her official website @ www.jessicombs.com.
- Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Featured Image by Jessi Combs / Instagram