Jessi Combs left a powerful legacy behind after her passing on Tuesday, and no shortage of amazing photos. The 36-year-old automotive icon left fans in mourning this week, and now many are looking back on some of her greatest moments.
Combs passed away on Tuesday in the act of doing what she loved. According to a report by Popular Mechanics, she was in the Alvord Desert, attempting to break her own land-speed record set in 2013. Combs was driving her jet-powered land-speed car when she crashed, dying on the scene.
Combs' passing was all the more sad because she was far from an amateur. In her 36 years of life, she had worked as a professional driver and a mechanic, tinkering with her own gear to achieve maximum speeds. Combs was a metal fabricator by trade, so she had an intimate knowledge of the vehicles she raced against herself in.
For this reason, there were as many photos of Combs in the garage as in the driver's seat. The racing legend was also a frequent sight on TV and in the media, and brought All Girls Garage to life on Velocity. She was also a builder on Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. Other TV appearances included Xtreme 4x4, Overhaulin', Truck U, and Two Guys Garage.
I just want to thank all of you for your support and loyalty. That’s all. Have a nice day :) .— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) August 25, 2019
Photo by @nathaliek during @wildgypsytour while introducing @realdealrevolution https://t.co/O4Qjlf97MC pic.twitter.com/aMKyoi7ar8
Combs' latest photo is a picture of herself with her hands pressed together as if in prayer, posted on Sunday. It was taken during the Wild Gypsy Tour, a women's motorcycle adventure sports trip that Combs took part in this year. In the caption, Combs thanked all of her fans for "support and loyalty" throughout all of her endeavors.prevnext
It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire... those who are willing, are those who achieve great things. .— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) August 24, 2019
People say I’m crazy. I say thank you ;)
.#fastestwomanonearth #almost #fasterthanfast #jetcar #afterburner #landpsee… https://t.co/IrnCQQWMGJ pic.twitter.com/A5NZ6Luq0u
Last week, Combs posted a photo of her latest jet car project — presumably the one that she was driving when she passed. The great vehicle was pictured from the back, where a massive turbine yawned towards the camera. People on Combs' team were crowded around the car, some wearing fire-retardant clothing.
In the caption, Combs wrote about her willingness to "walk directly into the line of fire" to "achieve great things." The post struck a tragic chord with fans after her passing just a few short days later.prevnext
At the Show
Snoop Dogg was spreading the hundos last night! Such a fun show... the vibe was sooo good... who knew all these bad ass bikers would be on their feet jamming to to the old school beats... #priceless #sturgis @sturgisbuffalochip #ilovethisplace ... #snoop… https://t.co/FYBPKko8wN pic.twitter.com/4Ma2ryQPsV— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) August 8, 2019
Going back further, Combs had some more light-hearted photos of her day-to-day life. In truth, this was exciting in its own way, as Combs life was a joyride as often as not. At the beginning of this month, she attended the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground event, where she promoted her automotive products by day and attended concerts by night. In this case, she left with a souvenir from the Snoop Dogg performance.
"Who knew all these bad ass bikers would be on their feet jamming to the old school beats," she mused.prevnext
Thank you for all the Birthday wishes! Crazy how I don’t feel any older or any different ;) .— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) July 28, 2019
Thank you for the healing wishes also: past three days have been the best... still slow... still hurts... tho being able to stand for more that 10 minutes wit… https://t.co/ZjquFGmSW3 pic.twitter.com/lXvykXXCF8
Combs made a special post to thank her fans for wishing her well on her birthday back in July. Where she normally wore practical riding clothes and t-shirts, she posed here in a strapless corset, holding a rose to her face, which was heavily-lidded with make-up.prevnext
Caught daydreaming about the next #adventure... and what I should build to make it fun-er. Back in my shop for one night before I hit the road again... #whatshouldibuildnext https://t.co/zKwQCYEpfl pic.twitter.com/fPXPkljbfJ— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) June 22, 2019
Combs gave fans a candid look at her wandering state of mind back in June, where she was leaning on a work bench with her gloves as elbow cushions. She wrote that she was "caught daydreaming" in the photo about her adventures, her building projects and her beloved shop.prevnext
To be this close to a Bald Eagle and look her straight in the eye... unreal... but it’s actually very real. .— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) June 3, 2019
Thank you to @wildgypsytour for the Hawk Quest experience and @kaylainfernoart for using your new chopper as my prop in attempt to keep the bi… https://t.co/ZJoUFI66SX pic.twitter.com/i4PSWiC8oX
Combs may be a pro when it comes to motorcycles, but she defers to experts when it comes to animals. In this case, she thanked some organizers on the Wild Gypsy Tour for helping her get this photo with a real Bald Eagle perched on her arm, as she herself sat astride her chopper.prevnext
On the Track
So many of us experience life or situations the hard way. We might think we already know it all, or our ego gets in the way of truly listening to what is. We fail to use our patience and realize what the real issues actually are. When we have elders and … https://t.co/Mr3khR8ipt pic.twitter.com/TNT0c7rP4a— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) May 20, 2019
Back in May, Combs shared a candid shot of herself at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, watching the track intently. She stood beside fellow racecar driver Lyn St. James, both of them gesturing wildly and having a good time.prevnext
Rosie the Riveter
Along with a handful of extremely talented makers, I’m headed to Cleveland Ohio this weekend for the @springmake show as a keynote speaker! There will be tons and tons of hands-on learning, interaction with successful influencers, and even a pre party a… https://t.co/EccTrl7TcC pic.twitter.com/cN6gikihxR— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) April 22, 2019
Finally, we can't overlook this picture of Combs duplicating the pose of Rosie the Riveter — perhaps one of the best icons to signify what she stood for. Combs used the photo to promote an appearance as keynote speaker at the Spring Make event in April.
However, even beyond that it is clear that Combs has a kindred spirit in Rosie, the woman included on World War II posters encouraging the women who went to work in factories and shipyard while men were off at war. Combs, too, was hands on and self-made, which is likely one of the many reasons she will be so dearly missed.prev