WyoTech Grad and TV Celeb Jesse Combs Profiled on RodAuthority.com
Posted Saturday, May 3, 2014 by
Cable TV personality and women’s land speed record holder Jessi Combs, a graduate of WyoTech in Laramie’s Class of ’04, was recently interviewed by RodAuthority.com, a leading website for street rod enthusiasts. The interview, part of RodAuthority.com’s “Leading Lady” series, focuses on Combs’ unusual position as a female celebrity in the heavily male-dominated world of street rod construction, as well as the experiences that helped lead her current career.
In the interview, Combs reveals that her decision to go to WyoTech was motivated, in large part, by the rude reception she initially received from auto shop owners when she tried to get work as a custom car builder.
“When I lived in Denver, I went to many local fab shops to try and get my foot in the door. I was denied like the plague, so I chose to get a legitimate education,” she states.
She credits WyoTech with helping launch her career as a street rod fabricator.
“While getting my degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication (a.k.a. Street Rod and Custom Fabrication program) at WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming — at the top of my class I might add — the marketing department offered me a job to try out a new student program — to build show cars and use them as a marketing tool for the school,” she explains. “So technically, before I graduated, my classmate Ben Bright and I had immediate employment building a ’64 Mercury Cyclone, affectionately titled the ‘Super Cyclone.’ ”
Comb’s Super Cyclone featured a custom three-link suspension, roll cage, carbon fiber panels, bodywork, paint and interior. WyoTech displayed the build at the 2004 SEMA show, where it was an immediate hit.
“About three weeks before the show, I was offered the position to be a host/technical producer for Xtreme 4×4,” Combs continued.
The PowerBlock TV show helped establish Combs as a media figure and led to hosting and appearances on a variety of auto-themed cable TV programs, including All Girls Garage, Overhaulin’, TruckU, Pirate 4×4 Live, SEMA Show Special and The List: 1001 Cars Things to Do Before You Die. She has also been featured on Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters.
Combs says she’s always aware she’s a minority in the testosterone-charged world of auto building and racing.
“For as much as I am put under a microscope and scrutinized for any tiny imperfection, I can understand why there are not a lot of women taking on this role. The good thing is that I know what I am capable of and have proven to millions that I am passionate about what I do and have the skill set to teach millions.”
You can read the complete Jessi Combs interview here: http://www.rodauthority.com/features/leading-ladies/leading-ladies-this-month-we-feature-the-it-girl-jessi-combs/
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