Starting today, a special exhibit honoring the life of Jessi Combs is open to the public at the Peterson Automotive Museum – Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed celebrates the extraordinary life of Jessi Combs. The special exhibit runs from Sunday, September 22nd and concludes the evening of Wednesday, September 25th.
Builder, racer and entrepreneur Jessi Combs sped through life in a hurry. Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Combs established a career path in fabrication early in life, earning a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication at WyoTech, debuting her first custom project at Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) show in 2004. Combs’ unique skill set and personality led her to many host appearances on television shows which she used to gain experience but also to further define her identity as a metal fabricator, builder, industrial artist and driver.
As a racer, Combs competed in endurance challenges such as the Baja 1000, the all-women’s Rallye Aicha des Gazelles and became the first female to ever place at Ultra4’s King of the Hammers, achieving a class win in 2014. In 2013, Combs became the fastest woman on four-wheels with the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, holding a record of 398 mph with a top speed of 483.227 mph. On August 27th, 2019 Combs was killed in a crash while attempting to set another speed record. – Peterson Automotive Museum
In addition, the Jessi Combs Foundation has officially been launched. The foundation’s mission is to education, inspire and empower the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype breakers. “What Would Jessi Do?”
The Jessi Combs Foundation will not only provide live educational workshops, but will provide grant scholarships to individuals, as well as, educational facilities and learning centers geared towards women in trades.
Throughout her life Combs sought to explore the relationship between women and machine, as a means to continually push and break stereotypical boundaries. As one of the few prominent female fabricators of her era, she endeavored to create programs and safe spaces that encouraged education and dialog about the industrial arts for women. Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed seeks to further that effort, establishing a base for which “The Jessi Combs Foundation” can grow. The mission of the foundation is to EDUCATE, INSPIRE and EMPOWER the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype-breakers. Its guiding principle is the simple question “What would Jessi Do?”. With the support of our friends and partners we can empower a generation of females to think broader and creatively. – Jessi Combs Foundation
You can now send in donations directly to the Jessi Combs Foundation — DONATE TO THE JESSI COMBS FOUNDATION HERE
Jessi Combs was a true inspiration to all — men, women and children. She was undoubtedly a driving force and staple in the motorsports community. Car Chix Founder & President, Jeanette DesJardins, was honored to have shared a stage as a speaker with Jessi Combs in 2016 at the very first Women in Motorsports Seminar at the Performance Racing Industry Show along with Lyn St, James and Jennifer Lafever. She spoke very highly of Car Chix and supported our mission. She will be missed dearly… #DoItForJessi
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jessi Combs… GODSPEED.
August 28, 2019
It is with extreme grief, and in celebration of her life that her family and close friends share that race car driver, and TV personality Jessi Combs, passed away in a fatal crash, as she pursued setting a land speed record in the North American Eagle on August, 27th 2019 on a dry lake bed in Oregon.
The details of the crash have not been released at this time.
Jessi is known for her hosting work on television series including “All Girls Garage”, “Overhaulin’ “, Extreme 4×4 and Autoblog’s “The List”.
Jessi’s bright smile, positivity, and tenacious pursuit of her dreams inspired everyone who met her.
Her drive and spirit were infectious, and she served as a role model for young girls and women around the world. People that loved her and followed her became family, all bonded together by adventure and passion.
Her fans adored her, and she lived to inspire them. Jessi’s most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012. Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality, and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history.
Surrounded by her family and friends at the time of her passing,
Jessi lived fearlessly and her legacy lives on in the countless lives she touched.
Jessi is survived by her Mother Nina (Chuck, niece NIna Alayne) Darrington,
Father Jamie (Sandy) Combs, brother Kelly Combs (Cary, Eli, Ethan and Anna), sisters Danielle Theis (Jacin, Justice, Nation), Brother Austin Darrington (Leah, Lane) Kayla Green, Kyrie Darrington, Natasha Darrington,
Step sisters Rebekah Hall (son Aaren Kearns), Arielle Hall (son Dru Hanson),
and Jessi‘s love Terry Madden and his son Dalton.
A celebration of Jessi’s life in being planned and a foundation is being created to continue
her efforts to empower women and young girls to follow their dreams.
More information can be found about Jessi on her website: https://www.jessicombs.com/about