Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


‘Fastest Woman on Four Wheels’ Jessi Combs Killed in Jet-Powered Land Speed Record Car

Jessi Combs, 39, was killed on Tuesday, August 27 around 4:00pm at the Alvord Desert in Oregon during a land speed record attempt in the jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.

Combs has been a staple of the automotive world for many years, and held the title of “fastest woman on four wheels” after a record-setting 398 mph run in 2013 and a single test pass of 483.227 mph in 2018. The crash occurred during an attempt at surpassing the current record for Fasted Female held by Kitty O’Neil at 512 mph.

Combs, most widely known as a television personality, was an avid automotive and truck enthusiast, welder, fabricator, and mechanic, destroying gender barriers along the way. She even designed a line of welding and fabrication gear for women. Her time on Mythbusters, Extreme 4X4, Overhaulin’, Truck U, All Girls Garage, and Two Guys Garage solidified her place in the automotive world, but she was also an avid racer. She competed and took home a Class 10 podium finish at the Baja 1000, is credited as the first woman to place at Ultra4’s King of the Hammers, earning her the nickname Queen of Hammers”, and even competed in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, an all-female rally race.

“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 ;)” –Jessi Combs

This story was originally published on August 28, 2019. Drag Illustrated

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


The star-studded STREET OUTLAWS: No Prep Kings series is set to return for its 6th season in the summer of 2023. Fans can expect to...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star and renowned engine builder Pat Musi joined the recent episode of The Wes Buck Show and provided an update...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star Lizzy Musi announced today that she has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer via her Youtube channel....


Ryan Fellows, who starred in “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America,” died in a tragic crash while filming for the show in Las Vegas on...

Since 2005, DI has informed, inspired and educated drag racers from every walk of the racing life - weekend warrior and street/strip enthusiasts to pro-level doorslammer and Top Fuel racers. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-worthy videos to electric live events, DI meets hundreds of thousands of racers where they live, creating the moments that create conversations.