WARMINSTER, Pa. — The world’s fastest woman on four wheels, automotive celebrity, and CRC Industries ambassador American Jessi Combs of South Dakota, will travel to New Zealand for the first time next month to appear at the ‘Women in Motorsports’ themed CRC Speedshow in Auckland, New Zealand, on July 18 and 19, 2015.
In 2013, Combs piloted the land-speed record car, dubbed the North American Eagle, to a top speed of 440.709 miles per hour on the dry lakebed in Alvord Desert, Ore., breaking the previous record set in 1965.
The North American Eagle broke the 50-year-old record with Combs behind the wheel with a 45,000 horsepower engine, but Combs can’t get to New Zealand quick enough.
“My whole life I’ve heard and read great things about New Zealand, and have only dreamed of traveling there. I am beyond grateful that my relationship with CRC helps make those dreams come true. It’s wonderful to be involved in an event that highlights a huge part of my personal mission to encourage women into motorsports.
“It is always empowering to be surrounded by other women who are the ‘real deal’ – those who are out there building their own cars and bikes, getting behind the wheel, and making a name for themselves in the industry,” Combs says.
With her degree in custom automotive fabrication, she’s inspired millions with her creative and practical skills on TV shows such as All Girls Garage, Mythbusters and Overhaulin’. Other career highlights include an award winning experiential video series, The List: 1001 Car Things to do Before You Die. Combs is also an Ultra4 National Champion taking the “Queen of the Hammers” title in one of the toughest off-road races in the world, and also is a Baja 1000 podium finisher.
“CRC is a global company and serves customers from 26 locations around the world with manufacturing and distribution throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific marketing areas,” says Dori Ahart, marketing manager for CRC Industries, Americas Group. “CRC has a very strong brand presence in New Zealand and the CRC Speedshow is New Zealand’s biggest motorsports event. Jessi Combs and her knowledge and experience from a multifaceted career in the automotive industry are a perfect fit for this venue and the ‘Women in Motorsports’ show theme,” says Ahart. “We are proud to have her represent CRC at home in the U.S. as well as abroad.”
Combs will bring her world-class fabrication experience and knowledge in the custom car field to the CRC Speedshow’s panel of expert judges for the Teng Tools Grand National Rod and Custom Show, featuring nearly 50 of New Zealand’s best custom vehicles. She has worked with the likes of Bryan Fuller, Troy Trepanier and Overhaulin’s Chip Foose, plus has built multiple show cars, trucks and motorcycles from the ground up, many of them for the internationally acclaimed Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) show, so has an eye for top quality custom work. CRC Speedshow attendees may also watch Combs compete against Australasia’s best racing talent in the Right Karts Celebrity Charity Kart Challenge on Saturday, July 18th.
For more information about the CRC Speedshow, visit http://www.speedshow.co.nz/