Sport: Racecar driver Jessi Combs dies in crash trying to break her own record
Proficient driver and TV presenter Jessi Combs passed on in an accident Tuesday while attempting to break her own land speed record, as indicated by numerous reports. She was 36 year old.
Brushes’ North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger colleague Terry Madden affirmed Wednesday on Instagram that “we lost her yesterday in an awful mishap” and said a “legitimate discharge” on Combs’ passing would turn out later in the day.
“I was the first there and trust me we did everything humanly conceivable to spare her!!” Madden composed of the accident that happened around 4 p.m. in the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon.
Chafe stated: “I have never cherished or been adored by anybody as much as this astounding lady @thejessicombs she was genuinely my unicorn and I delighted in each and every moment that I had with her. She was the most stunning soul that I have ever or will ever know.”
In 2013, Combs wound up known as “the quickest lady on four wheels” in the wake of driving her fly controlled North American Eagle to a speed of 398 mph. As indicated by Popular Mechanics, Combs has hit 483 mph in a similar vehicle and was endeavoring to set another land speed record at the hour of the lethal accident.
In an online networking post Saturday, Combs shared a photograph of herself strolling toward a fly vehicle alongside the inscription: “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 😉
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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 #landpseed @landspeed763 #iwillgofaster #gottabreak512 #aimingfor619 #currentlyat483 #northamericaneagle #i❤️afterburners
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
Combs was conceived in Rapid City, S.D., and based out of Long Beach at the hour of her demise. She moved on from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyo., with a degree in custom car manufacture and later progressed toward becoming co-host of “Xtreme 4×4” on Spike TV. She left the show in 2008, not long after subsequent to enduring genuine spine damage on set, yet kept on showing up on various shows, including the Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters.”
It’s with a heavy heart that I pass along the news that Jessi Combs passed away yesterday while attempting to break a land speed record. I also had the chance to attempt this record but it wasn’t my turn…this hits home for me. Godspeed, Jessi Combs. pic.twitter.com/bfE2N9Cy2k
— Valerie Thompson (@ValerieThompson) August 28, 2019
Video: Celebrating the life of Jessi Combs
Jessica Combs (July 27, 1983 – August 27, 2019) was an American professional racer, television personality, and metal fabricator. Combs was co-host of the Spike TV show Xtreme 4×4 for more than 90 episodes from 2005 to 2009. Other television shows she appeared on included Overhaulin’, Mythbusters, The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, All Girls Garage, and Science Channel’s How to Build… Everything in 2016.
Combs was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was killed in a crash of a jet-powered high speed race car in southeastern Oregon while attempting to set a land speed record.
Combs was born in Rockerville, South Dakota on July 27, 1983, the daughter of Jamie Combs and Nina Darrington. The family moved to Piedmont, South Dakota 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. She was involved with a crew member of hers, Terry Madden, at the time of her death. She graduated from Stevens High School in 1998. A local publication in Rapid City reported that Combs’ great-grandmother was Nina DeBow, a jazz pianist who raced Stanley Steamers.
In 2004, she graduated from WyoTech in the Collision & Refinishing Core Program, as well as the Street Rod Fabrication and Custom Fabrication and High Performance Powertrain programs, all at the top of her class (she was briefly seen as a student of WyoTech during the sixth episode of the first season of Overhaulin). Following her graduation, Combs’s first professional job came when the WyoTech marketing department hired her and another student to build a car from the ground up in six months to debut at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) show.
Combs hosted the television show Xtreme 4×4, a part of the Powerblock, for four years. Following a widely publicised accident, Combs announced in February 2008 that she would leave the show.
Combs was killed during a land speed record attempt as part of the North American Eagle Project on August 27, 2019 in the Alvord Desert, Oregon.
Combs appeared in twelve episodes of the seventh season of MythBusters while Kari Byron was on maternity leave.
In October 2011 Combs began recording an AOL Autoblog Show, The List 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, an award winning automotive based adventure series. New episodes of The List continue to air with Combs’s co-host Patrick McIntyre.
From October 2011 to October 2014 Combs served as one of the hosts of All Girls Garage on Velocity. The basis of the show is women repairing and upgrading new and classic automobiles.
In May 2012, Combs became a co-host with Chris Jacobs for the new sixth season of Overhaulin’s re-launch on the Velocity and Discovery Channels.
In 2018 Jessi appeared on the short lived Discovery Channel panel show BREAK ROOM
As a professional driver, Combs raced in a wide range of events and enjoyed many successes.
2017 – Ultra 4 King of the Hammers – 12th – 4400 Class
2016 – Ultra 4 King of the Hammers – 1st – EMC Modified Class
2015 – Rallye Aicha des Gazelles (9 off-road rally race) – 1st – First Participation – 10th overall
2015 – SCORE Baja 1000 – 2nd – Class 7
2014 – Ultra 4 King of the Hammers – 1st – Spec Class
2014 – Ultra 4 National Championship – 1st – Spec Class
2014 – Ultra 4 Western Region Series – 1st – Spec Class
2014 – Ultra 4 American Rock Sports Challenge – 3rd – Spec Class
2014 – Ultra 4 Glen Helen Grand Prix – 2nd – Spec Class
2014 – Ultra 4 Stampede – 1st – Legends Class
2013 – Set women’s land speed record – 398 mph with a top speed of 440 mph
2011 – SCORE Baja 1000 – 2nd – Class 10
On October 9, 2013, Combs drove the North American Eagle (NaE) Supersonic Speed Challenger at the Alvord desert, claiming 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 doing so, she broke the 48-year-old women’s land speed record, a 308.51 mph run average, set by Lee Breedlove in 1965. September 7, 2016 Combs set a new top speed of 477.59 mph driving the Other American Eagle.
Combs was also a 2014 Ultra 4 Spec Class National Champion with Falken Tire. In 2016 she took 1st place in King of the Hammers with the Savvy Off Road team in the EMC Modified Class and a 2017 12th place finish in the Unlimited Class driving the same Stock Mod car.