Jessi Combs, born on the 27th of July 1983, is an American television personality, metal fabricator, and race car driver who became famous through hosting the show “Xtreme 4×4” from 2005 to 2009. She has also appeared in various other television shows, including “Mythbusters”, “Overhaulin”, “All Girls Garage”, “The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die”, and “How to Build……Everything .”
Combs also became famous in 2013 when she broke the land speed record for women, setting an official record of 398.954 mph (632 km/hr), breaking a 48-year old record set in 1965 by Lee Breedlove.
Jessi Combs’ Early Life
Combs was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. Unfortunately, not much information is known regarding her family and early education.
However, she’s always had a passion for racing cars and building things from scratch, that led her to study in the Collision & Refinishing Core Program at Wyoming Technical Institute, as well as the Street Rod Fabrication and Custom Fabrication and High Performance Powertrain in WyoTech, graduating in 2004 top of the class.
Jessi Combs’ Career
Combs’ career started right after graduation when she was hired by the WyoTech marketing department, alongside another student, to build a car from scratch in six months and present it at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show or SEMA. Her early years as a metal fabricator helped establish her career, as well as her net worth.
In 2005 Combs entered the world of television, when she became part of the reality series “Xtreme 4×4.” The show premiered on Spike TV, and in which Combs and co-host Ian Johnson built or modified various vehicles and turned them in to off-road-oriented rigs. The show became popular on Spike TV, and helped catapult her career to new heights, also boosting Combs’ wealth until she left the show in 2008.
In 2011, Combs went back to television in the series “The List: 1001 Car Things to Do Before You Die,” co-hosting the show alongside Patrick McIntyre and in which they did amazing things with cars. She also joined the show “All Girls Garage” on Velocity, in which an all-female team upgraded and repaired classic automobiles.
Combs appeared in the Discovery Channel series “Overhaulin”, “Car Fix”, and “Myth Busters” too, all of which tremendously helped her career and considerably increased her net worth.
Jessi Combs as a Racer
Aside from being a metal fabricator, Combs is also a skilled race driver. She has won a number of awards throughout her career, but her most memorable achievement was in 2013 becoming one the fastest women in the world.
During the North American Eagle (NaE) Supersonic Speed Challenger on the Alvord desert, Combs claimed 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). This particular record was set by Lee Breedlove in 1965, with an official run of 308.51 mph.
In 2016, Combs broke her own record when she set a new top speed of 477.59 mph when driving the Other American Eagle.
Combs’ other accolades in racing include the Ultra 4 Spec Class National Championship with Falken Tire in 2014, a 1st place in the King of the Hammers with the Savvy Off Road team in the EMC Modified Class in 2016, and a 12th place finish in the Unlimited Class in 2017 while driving a Stock Mod Car. Her various achievements as a car racer also helped boost her career and net worth.
Jessi Combs’ Body Measurement
In terms of her body measurement, Combs is 5 ft. 7 in. (1.70 m.) tall and reputedly weighs 116 lbs. (53 kg). Her vital statistics are 34-24-35 inches. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Jessi Combs’ Net Worth
As of late 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Combs’ net worth is reported to be over $1 million, acquire from her years working as a metal fabricator, race car driver, as well as her successful television career.
Jessi Combs’ Personal Life
In terms of her personal life, Combs is currently single. She was previously married to Ian Johnson, her co-host in the show “Extreme 4×4”, but their relationship ended in divorce. There were rumours that the reason for their breakup was because of her sexual orientation, insinuating that Combs is bisexual.
Combs was also reported to have dated Chris Jacob, her co-host in the show “Overhaulin,” but their relationship also ended.
Some of Combs’ other interests aside from metal fabricating and car racing include leather craft and photography.