“The world’s fastest woman on four wheels” will soon bring her unique talent and empowering message to Lakewood’s Summer Stampede Car Show, which celebrates its 20th anniversary and will be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on August 27.
Jessi Combs, lifelong motorsport enthusiast, is much more than a racer. She builds countless vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles, from the ground up and prides herself on her ability to break gender barriers both within her industry and in the eyes of the world.
While her work in the garage continues to be as fast-paced as ever, one of Combs’ latest accomplishments is the development of “The Real Deal,” a project she co-founded alongside fellow lover of all things automotive, Theresa Contreras.
The mission of “The Real Deal” is to help set apart women (and men) in the industry who have the drive and passion necessary to not only succeed, but set new standards along the way, breaking the confines of gender.
Iamtherealdeal.com states: “It is their mission to motivate others in a way that breeds self-confidence, breaking stereotypes, healthy decisions, hands-on training, creative development, positive images and community involvement.”
Combs’ love for all things “extreme” began with her upbringing in South Dakota, where she was able to race and ride freely. She later decided to forgo a scholarship opportunity with a focus in interior design, instead attending WyoTech and receiving a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication, finishing atop her class.
Her fastest woman status came in 2013 when she set world land speed record by traveling 440 miles per hour in a wingless ex-military jet in the Alvord Desert in Oregon. The previous record was 398 MPH and stood for 48 years. She has since made attempts to break the record for fastest woman on three wheels as well.
Combs has been featured on television shows including Overhaulin’, All Girls Garage and TruckU, and also hosted Xtreme 4×4 for four years. Her work on the tracks includes racing in Ultra4’s King of the Hammers in 2010, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 she became nd 2013. In 2014 she became the first female to ever place in an Ultra4 event. She has also competed – and finished on the podium on numerous occasions – in the Baja 1000, the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles (a nine-day all-female rally race which uses hand-drawn maps and a compass), The Race of Gentleman (Combs is the first woman to compete in the carnival event, a race with a 1913 Model T traveling on the beach) and many more.
For more information, visit www.iamtherealdeal.com.