In Memory of Jessi Combs

              Jessi Combs | 1983 - 2019


              The Discovery and MotorTrend Family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Jessi Combs. She was a friend and colleague, an icon in the industry, and an undeniable force of nature who left an indelible mark on the car world. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.

              Photo By: Jeremy Cowart

              Photo By: Frederick M. Brown

              Photo By: Jeremy Cowart

              Photo By: Jeremy Cowart

              Photo By: Jeremy Cowart

              Photo By: Jeremy Cowart

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              Jessi Combs was an American professional racer, television personality, and metal fabricator.

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              In 2004, Jessi Combs graduated from WyoTech in the Collision & Refinishing Core Program, as well as the Street Rod Fabrication and Custom Fabrication and High Performance Powertrain programs.

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              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.

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              She was the first woman to place at any Ultra 4 event and the first woman to compete in The Race of Gentlemen.

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              In 2012, Combs became a co-host for the sixth season of the television series Overhaulin, starring alongside Chip Foose and Chris Jacobs.

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              In 2013, Combs earned the title "fastest woman on four wheels" when she set the female land-speed record at 398 mph driving the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              In 2016 she took 1st place in King of the Hammers EMC Modified Class.

              Remembering Jessi Combs

              Jessi Combs died in an attempt to break her previous land-speed record on August 27, 2019.

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