The land speed record attempts performed by Jessi Combs on her fateful day in Oregon will be sent to Guinness World Records for verification.
Last week, we found out that Jessi Combs will be getting her very own exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum. It was filled with artifacts from the late actor, fabricator, and top-speed enthusiast’s life, allowing anyone to get a glimpse into what it meant to be Jessi Combs.
We also found out just how fast Combs was going on the day she died. Announced at the exhibit’s unveiling, Combs was said to have traveled at 515.346 mph and 548.432 mph on her two-way run. Since Guinness sets their records by taking the average of these two speeds traveling in opposite directions, that would mean Combs hit a new land speed record of 531.889 mph, beating the previous time for “world’s fastest woman” by a whole 19 mph.
Details of what caused the crash after her second run were withheld. It’s possible that there was a third attempt after these runs, thus making this eligible to be submitted to Guinness.
Combs was piloting the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger on the day of the accident, which is a modified F-104 fighter jet with over 50,000 hp. With that much power and traveling at speeds in excess of 500 mph, a single mistake can be catastrophic.
In addition to memorabilia from her time as a TV host, Combs’ exhibit also featured several of her project motorcycles. An avid biker and ambassador for Harley Davidson, Combs made several bikes over the course of her life. She also competed in several off-road racing events such as the Baja 1000 and King of Hammers trophy truck races, finishing in 1st place in the 2016 King of Hammers.
But it was her television shows that garnered her the most fame. Combs appeared on All Girls Garage, Overhaulin’, and Xtreme 4×4 from 2005 to 2009, as well as Mythbusters or their 7th season. Combs gathered a following on social media and set an example for young women on how to break into traditionally male-dominated activities.
“Jessi Combs: Life At Full Speed” will be open at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles until September 25th.