Jessi Combs and Dake Have History
Shortly after breaking the women’s land speed record with a speed of 392.95 mph on Oregon’s 13-mile Alvord Desert course, Jessi Combs was greeting fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures in a booth at the FABTECH 2013 trade show in Chicago with Dake Corporation, a JSJ business.
The story of how Jessi, dubbed the automotive “it girl” by Rod Authority Magazine, came to be working with Dake at this international show begins in 2004.
After graduating with a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming, Jessi began co-hosting Xtreme 4 x 4, the RTM PowerBlock television series.
Dake provided metal working machine tools for the RTM production sets, including the one used for Jessi’s show. Jessi became an immediate Dake enthusiast, often using the Dake cold saw to cut chrome-moly tubing for roll cages during the show.
Jessi’s television hosting career continued to accelerate. After leaving RTM in 2007 and temporarily filling in for host Kari Byron on Mythbusters, she had the opportunity to work with the talented automotive designer Chip Foose on his series Overhaulin’ - another production set using Dake equipment.
Now with her own series, Girl’s Garage, airing on the Velocity Channel, she also makes time for racing. Jessi successfully ran in the Ultra4 King of the Hammers in 2010-2013 and took home a podium finish in the Baja 1000 in 2011.
In addition to working with Dake, Jessi is a brand spokesperson for a selective number of sponsors that she says she not only believes in but relies upon including her Lincoln Electric line of women’s welding gear. On Jessi’s recommendation, many of her loyal fans also become fans of her products, including Dake machine tools and equipment.
Jessi says her family has a long and exciting automotive history, and often tells the story about her great-grandmother who in the 1920s served as a spokesperson for Goodrich fabric tires and raced Stanley Steamers.
Founded in Grand Haven, MI, in 1887 as the Dake Engine Company, Dake Corporation also has a long history of manufacturing quality products. It’s entirely possible that a Dake-made product, such as the square-piston reciprocating steam engine, may have helped Jessi’s grandmother’s automotive career, too.
The Dake brand has appeared on industrial equipment since 1887. Today, Dake’s industrial strength machines include presses, saws and metal fabrication equipment. Dake also manufactures and distributes ferrous and nonferrous castings, and is a Tier 1 OEM furniture supplier. More information is available at www.dakecorp.com.