Jessi Combs: Officially the Fastest Woman on Earth

Jessi Combs was chasing land-speed glory when she met her untimely demise back on August 27, 2019. Combs was piloting the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger land-speed record car. It’s jet powered and fast as hell. And now Jessi Combs is officially fast as hell, as Guinness as recognized her runs to give her the title of Fastest Woman on Earth.

Before the crash, Combs completed two runs. The Alvord Desert in Oregon is where Jessi pushed the limits of what her car could do. She recorded runs of 515.346 mph and 531.889 mph, which averages to 522.783 mph. That bests the previous record of 512.7 mph which Kitty O’Neil set back in 1976.

Jessi Combs was always a wonderful badass. She was kind, funny, and excelled at everything she tried to do. And now, even in death, she’s still climbing to the tops of mountains and showing the world just how much ass she enjoyed kicking.

[Source: Motor Authority and Road & Track]

3 Comments

  1. That’s quite an accomplishment. I’m proud to have nominated Jessi as a Hooniversal Dream Girl (even if Hoonibbles seems to have gotten to those comments). And she got a very kind mention when I saw her bikes at the Petersen when I was there in November.

    I’m a little confused why this is through Guinness, and not FIA, though.

    Of course, O’Neil’s record had been sandbagged. http://www.gregwapling.com/hotrod/land-speed-racing-history/land-speed-racing-kitty-oneil.html but the vehicle only had three wheels, so kind of apples-to-oranges.

    1. I don’t know why this is a Guinness record rather than FIA – maybe they hadn’t filed for an official record? Also, was this during a record attempt, or a practice run? It was months ago, and I don’t remember the details of the run.

      1. She crashed on the 531 mph run, during an attempt to back up the prior run. The car came apart after the timing mark. I saw a comment on another site indicating the FIA requires the run to be “complete”–not just make it through the timer, but bringing the car to a successful halt afterwards. The FIA website had too many pages of rulebooks for me to try to confirm that.

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