Combs was killed August 27, 2019, at 39 years outdated in southern Oregon’s Alvord Desert whereas behind the wheel of a 52,000-hp jet automobile referred to as the North American Eagle Supersonic Pace Challenger. Tragedy struck when its entrance tire contacted an unknown object, inflicting the wheel to fail, and Jessi died of blunt-force trauma whereas chasing the earlier report of 512.7 mph set in 1976 by stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil. Combs had made one run at 515.three mph and hit an incredible 548.four mph when the accident occurred. Land-speed data usually encompass a two-way common of two runs that must be accomplished inside 60 minutes of one another. How Guinness arrived at 522.eight mph when the common is definitely 531.9 mph is an open query maybe answered by means of complicated calculations of distance traveled at pace throughout the 2 runs. Regardless of the motive, if I have been in cost, I might give her the report at 548.four and name it a day.
I used to be fortunate sufficient to satisfy Jessi a few instances again once we each labored for Autoblog. I did not know her nicely, however the one time I shot a video together with her I used to be impressed with Jessi’s professionalism and pure expertise. So have been many different individuals, as she went on to look as a bunch on the exhibits Mythbusters, All Ladies Storage, and Overhaulin’, amongst others. Talking of pure expertise, Combs additionally competed in many alternative types of off-road racing, from the Baja 1000 to the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles to the King of the Hammers, her efforts within the latter incomes her the nickname, “Queen of the Hammers.”
Jessi Combs will now be often known as the quickest lady on 4 wheels, and rightfully so. It is a title that ought to stand for fairly a while. Godspeed as soon as once more, Jessi.