In August 2019, there was a tragedy in the automotive world when Jessi Combs died in an accident while trying to set a new ground speed record. Now, the Guinness Book of Records has recognized her accomplishments in these races by officially naming her the fastest woman on four wheels. The organization gave her the title of “fastest land speed record (female)” for reaching 522,783 miles per hour (841,338 kilometers per hour).
Combs was driving a jet car on a dry lake bed in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, in an effort to beat its previous speed of 648 km / h (398 mph) there in 2013. It was able to run errands before crashing, and those are the numbers submitted to Guinness. Its new speed was enough to overturn Kitty O’Neil’s 512.7 mph (825.1 km / h) record which had resisted since 1976.
Combs was only 39 years old when she died. Even at this relatively young age, it has earned a position of respect in the largely male-dominated automotive world as a manufacturer, racer and qualified media host on shows like Revision », Xtreme 4×4, Mythbusters, and Garage for all girls.
The combs have achieved much more than just ground speed records. She was the first woman to win a class by winning the Ultra4 King of the Hammers tournament and won a national championship in the series. She also obtained 2nd place in her class at the Baja 1000 2011.
To celebrate his life, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles organized an exhibition in 2019 called Jessi Combs: Life At Full Speed. It included exhibits of his motorcycles, welding equipment and racing trophies. Donations during the event were donated to the Jessi Combs Foundation to support women in the mechanical fields.