Jerry Zaiden




In 1997 Jerry Zaiden joined forces with Jason Campbell to form Camburg Engineering, a company that provides products and services to elite off-road racing teams.  Today, Camburg Engineering is the leader in off-road suspension systems.  But the duo knew they needed to take their business to the next level so they formed a race team and began racing a 1600 buggy in the local Southern California deserts.  Zaiden then made the move to SCORE and BITD and finished second overall during his 2007 BITD campaign.  Zaiden was also named rookie-of-the-year that same year.  Zaiden, along with Campbell and Jerry Whelchel, will continue to race in BITD and SCORE events this year.

Did You Know?

Relationship status: Married with two kids

Twitter handle: @jerryzaiden @camburgracing

Instagram: @jerryzaiden & @camburgracing


Favorite person(s) to follow on Twitter: @teamGT @monsterenergy @freejessejames @razorrob @scosche @chappysteve @twitchthis

Daily driver (what GT or Conti tires do you have on it?): 2013 Ford F-250 with 35” General Grabbers!

Best thing I ever ate : The 95 pound yellow fin tuna I caught in Fiji.

Favorite place: Racing in the desert and a close second is surfing in Fiji.

Hidden Talents: Surfing and photography

What’s playing on my iPod: Everything from Metallica to Bach.

I have to set my DVR for: Nothing my wife controls it but if I have my choice it would be most things on Discovery.

Three must see movies: Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Silence of the Lambs.

Person I admire most and why: Anyone who lives their dream and does not settle.

Most memorable race/event and why: 2007 Parker 425. This was our first race in an Unlimited Truck in one of the hardest races of the year and we battled through issues to still get on the podium in third place.

Best advice I ever got: Pay for what you need and don’t borrow for what you want.

Other athletes I give big props to: Larry Roeseler, Kelly Slater, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenburg, Ryan Villopodo, Robbie Maddison, Tony Hawk, and Laird Hamilton.

How I got my start racing/competing: In 1998 we saved up and bought a 1600 car and raced it. Hard work pays off!

Favorite social media outlet and why?
Instagram and Facebook because there is always good stuff to look at and comments from the fans!

Favorite race and why?

It is a tossup between the General Tire Mint 400 and the General Tire Vegas to Reno races. The Mint 400 is so iconic and the Vegas to Reno is a point to point 550+ mile race. Both are very challenging and take skill, quality products, and strength to finish.

How do your General Grabbers help during an off-road race?

They have the best traction and this really helps with wheel spin. More power to the ground. 

Best location for a weekend of off-roading and why?

I really like the races because there is no better way to test out the Camburg products in the most critical abusive setting of needing to perform.

What other adventure activities do you do outside racing?

I like to surf, road bike and mountain bike.

Where's the coolest place you've ever gone on Grabbers?

I would say down the whole Baja peninsula.

If you were going to do a weekend off-road trip, what five essential things would you bring with you?
1. AR-15
2. Fishing Pol
3. Tent
4. Sleeping Bag
5. Cmburg/General Tire equipped truck

    Top three road trip songs in your opinion?

    How about bands… Johnny Cash, Metallica and Social Distortion.

    Best road trip you've ever taken?

    A great recent trip was driving up the coast with my family to San Francisco, California. Always great times stopping at all the sites along the way.

    BONUS QUESTION: If you could go anywhere on your Grabbers, where would you go?

    All the way to the tip of South America.  Driving from Huntington Beach, California to mainland Mexico, and down through Central America and into South America.  All this with a few of my favorite surfboards, hitting some of the worlds best surf spots.

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