Fastest woman on 4 wheels to be grand marshal at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Black Hills native Jessi Combs will be the grand marshal for the 15th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride scheduled to take place on Monday, Aug. 7.
Armed with a degree in custom automotive fabrication, Combs is currently developing a woman’s line of welding gear to help meet the needs of women who have chosen to follow their dreams in a non-traditional industry. She is also starting her own metal fabrication shop where “hot rods, motorcycles, custom trucks, race vehicles, and anything metal will originate with a feminine touch; where chicks can finally have a place to get dirty, be creative, use their skills, explore talents, go fast, and have fun in a comfortable working environment”.
She has appeared on the TV shows such as “The List: 1001 Car Things to do Before You Die, All Girls Garage, Overhaulin’” and :Mythbusters.”
With a passion for speed, Combs has built and raced nearly everything on two, four and more wheels. To date, Coombs is the fastest woman on 4-wheels holding the speed record of 398 mph with a top speed of 477.59 mph. Last fall, she drove that stunning 477.59 miles per hour — her fastest speed ever — driving the North American Eagle, a sleek, powerful, 7-ton race car built from a 1950s fighter jet, on a course in the remote Alvord Desert in Oregon.
She has also placed multiple times in the Baja 1000, the most brutal desert race in the world.