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
Favorite social media outlet and why?
Instagram and Facebook because there is always good stuff to look at and comments from the fans!
What is your daily driver?
A 2013 Ford F-250 diesel with 35” Grabbers.
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 you 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?
AR-15, Fishing Pole, Tent, Sleeping Bag, Camburg/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.