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.
DRIVER Q & A
Top 3 People to follow on social media?
General Tire, KMC Wheels and Skoche
2014 Chevy with General Grabbers
Favorite Race and why?
I like a few of them. Parker, the Mint 400 and Vegas to Reno. The endurance of the race is exciting and those races in particular have a little bit of everything.
Do you have a pre-race routine you go through before heading out into the dessert?
No pre-race routine.
What other adventurous activites to you participate in?
I love surfing and riding off-road motorcycles. I like to go anywhere “wildernessy” or Baja.
Best place to go off-roading for a weekend?
There are a lot of different places. Baja is always fun and the Sequoia forest is fun, there’s a lot of fun places.
If you were going to do a weekend off-road trip, what five essential things would you bring with you?
If I’m in Baja: Surfboard, Skoche boom bottle, Stickers, Pesos and Extra flip flops If I’m in the US: Salient arms 9 mm, AR-15, Camera equipment, and Sleeping bag
If you could go to dinner with five other people (dead or alive), who would you pick and why?
Will Ferrell, Burt Reynolds, Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson, and Marilyn Monroe
Top three road trip songs in your opinion?
Johnny Cash, Metallica, and NWA
Best road trip you have ever taken?
The 40th Baja 1000. The whole adventure of going down to Cabo and back with the crew.
Bonus question: If you could go anywhere on your Grabbers, where would you go?
I haven’t driven across the US yet so I would drive across the country and find a good mix between pavement and dirt.