25 June 2020 12:43
Racing car driver Jessi Combs has posthumously been awarded the fastest land speed record for a woman after Guinness World Records announced they would count her speed. Combs died after reaching a speed of 522.8mph in a jet-powered car at the age of 39 last year. She was attempting to break the record in Alvord desert in southeast Oregon. The previous record was set in 1976 by stunt driver Kitty O'Neil. She was clocked at 510.7mph, on the same spot of land Combs used to try and break the record.
Guinness said that Combs was the first woman to attempt to break the record in over 40 years. In a post on Instagram, Combs partner Terry Madden said he was not sure how he felt about the achievement, as "no record could ever be worth her not being here."