After her de@th last summer in Oregon while attempting to break a land speed record, jet-car racer Jessi Combs was officially recognized as The World’s Fastest Woman by Guinness World Records.
A Guinness World Record was set by American Jessi Combs on August 27, 2019, in the Alvord Desert in Oregon. Her speed was 841.338 kilometers per hour (522.783 miles per hour). For the first time in almost four decades, Jessi has broken this record.
Jessi Combs Cause of De@th
What appears to be the cause of the de@dly vehicle crash that took the life of “MythBusters” and “Overhaulin'” host Jessi Combs in August has been discovered by authorities.
The famous racer was killed in an accident with a jet car as he attempted to beat the Oregon land speed record. It was the 39th year of her life.
The Harney County Sheriff’s Office announced the findings of their inquiry in a press release.
“Based on the evidence collected and examined at the scene of the crash and the evidence recovered by the North American Race Team it appears that there was a mechanical failure of the front wheel, most likely caused from striking an object on the desert,” the release read. “The front wheel failure led to the front wheel assembly collapsing. The front wheel failure occurred at speeds approaching 550 miles per hour.”
According to the autopsy report, Combs died from “blunt force trauma to the head occurring prior to the fire that engulfed the race vehicle after the crash.”
The Associated Press reports that Combs passed away in a desert dry lake bed while attempting to break the Women’s Land Speed Record of 512 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O’Neil, who passed away a year ago at the age of 72.
Since O’Neil was driving a tricycle, Combs has been the fastest woman in a four-wheeled vehicle, having reached 398 mph in 2013. Later runs saw her surpass this speed, but mechanical issues prevented those times from being recorded.
Combs appeared to want to surpass O’Neil’s record on Instagram only days before her de@th.
“It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire… those who are willing, are those who achieve great things,” she wrote. “People say I’m crazy. I say thank you 😉 “
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Jessi Combs’s Inspiring Journey from Accident Survivor to Speed Record Holder
Combs was also an accomplished welder with a successful line of welding equipment for women during her illustrious career. Combs also worked as a TV host; during Kari Byron’s maternity leave, he presided over “Mythbusters” for an entire season. Combs appeared on the Spike TV show “Xtreme 4×4” from 2005 and 2009.
After an incident on set, Combs decided to leave the show. Combs wrote on her website that she was “folded in two” when heavy equipment collapsed on top of her. Combs’s subsequent explosion caused an L3 fracture in her spine. Following surgery, counseling, and “a little help from God,” according to Combs, her rehabilitation took just eight months to complete. According to her bio, she should be wheelchair-bound after the accident.
Combs joined “Overhaulin'” with Chris Jacobs in 2012 for its sixth season as a co-host. She was filming a movie with Canadian comic Tom Green called “Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot,” and her IMDb biography says she appeared on an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” in 2018.
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The Off-Road Racer Who Broke Barriers
Combs was a well-known off-road racer who took part in the Baja 1000 and King of the Hammers. Combs has also taken part in the Rallye des Gazelle, a unique off-road race for women. In 2016, while competing for the Savvy Off-Road Team, Combs took first place at King of the Hammers.
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