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 2008 on the Spike show Xtreme 4x4 which is a part of the Powerblock on Spike. Combs was cast as a co-host of Xtreme 4x4 along with Ian Johnson which she held for four years and over 90+ episodes.[1] Prior to appearing on Xtreme 4x4 she appeared on the TLC program Overhaulin' as a guest fabricator. Other television shows Combs has also appeared on: 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]


In 2004, she graduated from WyoTech in the Collision & Refinishing Core Program 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 fabrication job came when the WyoTech marketing department hired her and another student by the name of Ben Bright to build a car from the ground up in six months to debut at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s (SEMA) show.[1] She also took the Street Rod Fabrication and Custom Fabrication and High Performance Powertrain programs.

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

In December 2011 Combs began recording an AOL Autoblog Show, The List 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, an automotive based adventure series which is now also re-showing on the Speed Channel. New episodes of The List continue to air with Combs' co-host Patrick McIntyre.[4]

Combs served as one of the hosts of All Girls Garage on Velocity. The basis of the show is female mechanics repairing and upgrading classic automobiles.

On October 2, 2012, Combs became a co-host with Chris Jacobs for the new sixth season of Overhaulin' on the Discovery Channel.


Combs also races in a wide range of events and has enjoyed many successes.

  • 2016 – Ultra 4 King of the Hammers - 1st - EMC Modified Class [5]
  • 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 [6]

On October 9, 2013, Combs drove the North American Eagle (NaE) Supersonic Speed Challenger at the Alvord desert, claiming the women's land speed record with an official run of 392.954 mph (632 km/h) and a top speed of 440.709 mph (709 km/h).[7] 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.[8]

Combs is also a multiple Ultra 4 Champion, and most recently got 1st with the Savvy Off Road team in the EMC Modified Class.[9]


Combs appeared in seven episodes of MythBusters while Kari Byron was on maternity leave following the birth in June 2009 of her first child.[10]


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  7. ^ Fastest woman on four wheels crowned after 440mph record run - MSN Cars UK, 13 October 2013
  8. ^ "Jessi Combs breaks 48-year old land speed record". Gizmag. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
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