Editor's Note: This article was originally published on September 18th. It has been updated to indicate that the exhibit has been extended to October 3rd.
Jessi Combs was an inspiration to anyone with a love of machines. Her death on August 27th, while attempting to break her own land-speed record and become the fastest woman on earth, was a tragedy that shocked the automotive world. Now, The Petersen Automotive Museum is honoring Combs' life and legacy with a special exhibit taking place September 22nd through 25th in Los Angeles. And it all goes to support an excellent cause.
"Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed" celebrates the extraordinary life and achievements of a woman who was a hero to many. It will include examples of her vehicle building and fabrication work, gear she used, awards she earned, notebooks, and memorabilia from the many TV shows she hosted. Whether she was building hot rods, designing custom motorcycles, racing off-road, writing a children's book, or challenging land-speed records, Combs' life was a non-stop love affair with speed, and the Petersen exhibit will try to capture that for fans who loved her.
The exhibit is free to the public, but visitors are encouraged to donate to The Jessi Combs Foundation, whose mission is to "educate, inspire and empower the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype-breakers." If you're in Los Angeles between September 22nd and October 3rd, you owe it to yourself to visit the Petersen and try to begin to understand what Jessi Combs accomplished in her life, and what she meant to so many people around the world.
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