Jessi Combs to be honored with a special exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Jessi Combs, widely known as the fastest woman on four wheels and presenter of cult TV classics such as Mythbusters and Overhauling, dedicated her life to the pursuit of speed and was an inspiration for female gearheads across the globe. Her tragic passing on August 27 while attempting to break the female land speed record came as a shock to her family, fans and the automotive world. According to Automobile Mag, her legacy is being honored with an exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles which will run from September 22 to 25.
Jessi was piloting her North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger on the day of the accident. Her vehicle of choice was a highly modified F-104 jet-powered car purpose-built for handling high speeds that she had used to break previous records.
"Jessi Combs was an inspiration to the entire automotive community," said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. "This exhibit is an opportunity to move people, especially the future generation of women builders and enthusiasts, through Jessi's incredible life story."
The Petersen Automotive Museum will be paying tribute to her life with a special exhibition showcasing a number of her personal motorcycles, memorabilia from her time on the car fabrication show Overhauling, and excerpts from her personal notebooks.
"'Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed' runs September 22-25 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit is free to view but donations are encouraged, with proceeds to benefit The Jessi Combs Foundation" Karges concluded.
The Jessi Combs Foundation is a new organization that aims to inspire females who challenge the status quo, not just in motorsport, but in any field where female participation has historically been lacking. The Foundation's mission statement: "to educate, inspire and empower the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype-breakers."