Jessi Combs

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Jessi Combs (born July 27 1983 in Rapid City, South Dakota) [1] is an American television personality and metal fabricator who appeared from 2005 to 2009 on the Spike TV show Xtreme 4x4 which was a part of the Powerblock. Combs was cast as a co-host of Xtreme 4x4, which she held for four years and over 90+ episodes.[1] Other television shows Combs has appeared on: Overhaulin', Mythbusters, The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die and All Girls Garage.[2] Science Channel's How to Build......Everything in 2016.[3]

Biography[edit]

In 2004, she graduated from WyoTech in the Collision & Refinishing Core Program, as well as the Street Rod Fabrication and Custom Fabrication and High Performance Powertrain programs, all at the top of her class (she was briefly seen as a student of WyoTech during the sixth episode of the first season of Overhaulin). Following her graduation, Combs' first professional job came when the WyoTech marketing department hired her and another student to build a car from the ground up in six months to debut at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) show.[1]

After hosting Xtreme 4x4 for four years and following a widely publicised accident, Combs announced in February 2008 that she would leave Xtreme 4x4.

Television[edit]

Combs appeared in twelve episodes of the seventh season of MythBusters while Kari Byron was on maternity leave.[4]

In October 2011 Combs began recording an AOL Autoblog Show, The List 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, an award winning automotive based adventure series. New episodes of The List continue to air with Combs' co-host Patrick McIntyre.[5]

From October 2011- October 2014 Combs served as one of the hosts of All Girls Garage on Velocity. The basis of the show is females repairing and upgrading new and classic automobiles.

In May, 2012, Combs became a co-host with Chris Jacobs for the new sixth season of Overhaulin's re-launch on the Velocity and Discovery Channels.

Racing[edit]

As a professional driver, Combs also races in a wide range of events and has enjoyed many successes.

  • 2017 -- Ultra 4 King of the Hammers - 12th - 4400 Class
  • 2016 – Ultra 4 King of the Hammers - 1st - EMC Modified Class [6]
  • 2015 – Rallye Aicha des Gazelles (9 off-road rally race) - 1st - First Participation - 10th overall
  • 2015 – SCORE Baja 1000 - 2nd - Class 7
  • 2014 – Ultra 4 King of the Hammers - 1st - Spec Class
  • 2014 – Ultra 4 National Championship - 1st - Spec Class
  • 2014 – Ultra 4 Western Region Series - 1st - Spec Class
  • 2014 – Ultra 4 American Rock Sports Challenge - 3rd - Spec Class
  • 2014 – Ultra 4 Glen Helen Grand Prix - 2nd - Spec Class
  • 2014 – Ultra 4 Stampede - 1st - Legends Class
  • 2013 – Set world land speed record - Fastest Woman on 4-Wheels - 398 mph with a top speed of 440 mph
  • 2011 – SCORE Baja 1000 - 2nd - Class 10 [7]

On October 9, 2013, Combs drove the North American Eagle (NaE) Supersonic Speed Challenger at the Alvord desert, claiming the women's 4-wheel land speed record with an official run of 398.954 mph (632 km/h) and a top speed of 440.709 mph (709 km/h).[8] In doing so, she broke the 48-year-old women's land speed record, a 308.51 mph run average, set by Lee Breedlove in 1965.[9] September 7, 2016 Combs set a new top speed of 477.59 mph driving the Other American Eagle.

Combs is also a 2014 Ultra 4 Spec Class National Champion with Falken Tire. In 2016 she took 1st place in King of the Hammers with the Savvy Off Road team in the EMC Modified Class and a 2017 12th place finish in the Unlimited Class driving the same Stock Mod car. [10]

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