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Sat Oct 19, 2013, 08:05 AM

The fastest woman on four wheels, ever




Jessi Combs has firmly established herself as the fastest woman on four wheels. Today she surpassed the existing women’s land speed record with a two-way average speed of nearly 392 miles per hour through a measured mile on the dry lakebed at the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. That speed beat her own 344 mph mark from yesterday, a speed that already surpassed the previous record of 308 mph set in 1965 by Lee Breedlove, wife of former world land speed record holder Craig Breedlove.

At one point during her run, Jessi reached a top speed of 440.709 mph. “That felt so unbelievably good,” exclaimed Combs when told of her new record. “I knew that one was really, really fast.”

Combs made two runs today in the Eagle. The rules require that a driver make two passes across a measured course, once in each direction, with the second pass completed within 60 minutes of the first. Officials then average the two speeds. On her first run, she passed through the measured mile at 354.931 mph, exiting the mile at 2:25 pm. But she was not entirely pleased with that first pass. “The car ran great, but I kept getting pulled into the ruts from yesterday’s runs,” she said.

After coming to a stop at the south end of the lakebed, the team turned and serviced the Eagle so that Jessi could re-fire the jet engine to make her return run. At 3:15 pm, she re-entered the measured mile and recorded a speed of 430.978 mph, for a two-way average of 392.954 mph.

The vehicle that Combs drove, the North American Eagle (NAE) Supersonic Speed Challenger, is considered a “car” because it has at least four wheels. But it is certainly not a car you would see on any road. The Eagle is a 14,000 pound, 50,000 horsepower converted F-104 Lockheed Starfighter jet that once served as a chase plane for the X-15 and SR-71. The all-volunteer team of American and Canadian engineers and former military personnel removed the wings and added wheels to convert the F-104 into a jet-powered car that may ultimately travel at more than 800 mph.

Combs is an automotive metal fabricator and currently co-hosts All Girls Garage (Velocity by the Discovery Channel) and The List: 1001 Car Things to do Before You Die (AutoBlog). Previous television appearances include Mythbusters and Overhaulin’ (Discovery Channel), Xtreme 4x4 (Spike TV), and Two Guys Garage (Speed Channel).

http://landspeed.com/press/233-jessi-combs-is-the-fastest-woman-on-four-wheels


440 MPH becuse she can.

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Reply The fastest woman on four wheels, ever (Original post)
DainBramaged Oct 2013 OP
Eleanors38 Oct 2013 #1
fitman Oct 2013 #2
JackRiddler Oct 2013 #3
DainBramaged Oct 2013 #4
JackRiddler Oct 2013 #5
DainBramaged Oct 2013 #12
JackRiddler Oct 2013 #21
cordelia Oct 2013 #27
Codeine Oct 2013 #6
madokie Oct 2013 #7
reddread Oct 2013 #8
CanSocDem Oct 2013 #9
DainBramaged Oct 2013 #13
reddread Oct 2013 #14
DainBramaged Oct 2013 #15
reddread Oct 2013 #17
DainBramaged Oct 2013 #18
JackRiddler Oct 2013 #22
DainBramaged Oct 2013 #23
JackRiddler Oct 2013 #30
reddread Oct 2013 #25
NYC_SKP Oct 2013 #29
reddread Oct 2013 #31
randome Oct 2013 #10
hunter Oct 2013 #11
REP Oct 2013 #16
Liberal_in_LA Oct 2013 #19
Monk06 Oct 2013 #20
IDemo Oct 2013 #26
B Calm Oct 2013 #24
NYC_SKP Oct 2013 #28

Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:00 AM

1. Shirley Muldowney on steroids. Wow.

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:21 AM

2. Yep, love kick ass women like Jessi and she is HOT

 

.. Watch All Girls Garage all the time..the other 2 girls are not bad either

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:23 AM

3. Lounge material.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:25 AM

4. Sorry you don't think it's important

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:29 AM

5. Some big machine burns fuel to go fast.

Very important.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 02:37 PM

12. Your misogyny is showing.

Just another of the fine long-term members who think they know better than the rest of us. thanks for the lesson in casting asparagus.

Take a hike.

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 02:58 AM

21. That's a laugh.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:44 AM

27. Yep.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:40 AM

6. Oh shit, that's the woman who covered for Kari on Mythbusters

when she was out having a baby! She's really quite cool.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:44 AM

7. Hooray

Thats cool.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The best thing to happen to man is woman.
I love the women of this world

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 09:50 AM

8. jet cars are lame

put the wings back on and go really fast.
Squeeze that speed from some actual automobile technology and get back to me.
Congratulations to her, of course, on making history.
The race for speed records has taken many wrong turns.
Jet propulsion is not very interesting compared to many other historic attempts
by serious salt junkies.

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Response to reddread (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 10:07 AM

9. Indeed.



It didn't even have a steering wheel. The only "...actual automobile technology..." appears to be the four wheels on the ground. Not much driving required....IMHO.


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Response to reddread (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 02:37 PM

13. Let's see yu stuff your butt in that unserious machine

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 03:56 PM

14. That follows how?

If you want to talk serious cars, Im always available.
You want to ride a jet engine, go for it.
Id rather fly.





the only problem I have with Jay Leno is he has one of these, and I dont.



thats as close as I would ever want to come.

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Response to reddread (Reply #14)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 06:16 PM

15. I know what a side-oiler is, and Jessie has more balls than both of us.

I didn't just bracket race wiith mom's Rambler.


Have a nice day ya here.

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #15)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 10:55 PM

17. you do the same

then you realize there's no sideoilers in those pictures.
you like Ramblers, you should see my 61 Falcon.

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Response to reddread (Reply #17)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 11:25 PM

18. How many National Event wins do you have, and I don't mean class?

I am just not interested in your Ford BS. period.



Goodbye


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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 02:59 AM

22. How is this not a lounge thread?

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #22)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:47 AM

23. Your insistence on deciding the fate of my threads is bothersome

when did you become the GD nanny?

11 years here and you just can't leave people alone..........sad being a thread troll.


I won't reciprocate in kind, I can't be bothered with being so petty.


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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #23)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:47 AM

30. But I don't decide.

I do get an opinion. Your insistence on talking about big loud land-rockets and other motorized trivia is stuff for the lounge.

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:43 AM

25. not one, yourself?

Cant help it if I like fast 60's FE Fords and the championship heritage they have.
They make driving fun.
BS? whatever dude.
Tell me about your wins.
I'm all ears.

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Response to reddread (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:43 AM

29. fukkin internal combustion cars are lame. the first records were set by electric vehicles.

Last edited Sun Oct 20, 2013, 01:19 PM - Edit history (1)

ICE rides are dinosaurs. EVs are the future, and they were the past. Oil is a blip in the course of human history.

EV Record Holder back in the day:

Internal combustion engines are very quaint, but they still have a speed category for them.

Burkland's Streamliner, is, I believe, the current record holder:



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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #29)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 04:36 PM

31. absolutely

no argument.
of course a 270 mph flattie streamliner has a lot to offer in terms of inspiration and historical value.
Everything that is interesting about the American Automotive artform has already happened.
Nostalgia is the main thing behind so much of the hobby.



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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 10:07 AM

10. Still, the fastest woman on 0 legs is...Tammy Duckworth!

But Combs is interesting, too.

Stop looking for heroes. BE one.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 11:53 AM

11. Even a Luddite like me thinks this is fine General Discussion material.

Thanks for the post, DainBramaged!

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2013, 07:01 PM

16. Very cool

That must've have been incredibly fun.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 01:27 AM

19. so that's how they do it. start with jet and add wheels

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 01:39 AM

20. This is what they should have done with the original F 104 since it loved the ground so much.



The so-called "Deal of the Century" produced considerable income for Lockheed, but considerable political controversy in Europe, particularly in Germany, where minister of defence Franz Josef Strauss was almost forced to resign over the issue. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was also connected to being bribed by Lockheed, and he later confessed having received more than 1 mill. USD. Many considered the Starfighter program a politically motivated enterprise, with governments browbeaten into accepting a USAF cast-off out of U.S. political pressure. This debate was exacerbated by the F-104's alarming accident rate (in German service alone 292 of the 916 Starfighters crashed, claiming the lives of 115 pilots), leading to cries that the Starfighter was fundamentally unsafe. In the 1970s it was revealed that Lockheed had engaged in an extensive campaign of bribery of foreign officials to obtain sales, a scandal that nearly led to the ailing corporation's downfall.

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Response to Monk06 (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 08:26 AM

26. Always thought they looked like a lawn dart

Turns out, they often were.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 06:59 AM

24. She is either crazy or brave, not sure

which. I do know there is no freakin' way I would do anything like this!

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:32 AM

28. Wow. Recommended. (nt)

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