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Camburg 6100 Trick Truck - Trophy Hoarding

Posted in Features on February 1, 2013
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Contributors: Chris Rogers
Photographers: Jerry Zaiden Jeff YoungCourtesy Of CamburgCourtesy Of General TireTyler Mead
The Kinetik Trick Truck/Trophy Truck chassis is based on 2-inch-diameter 4130-chromoly tubing that's been TIG welded. Critical tubing joints get a second TIG pass to add even more strength. The truck was built from the ground up from mastered blueprints and is available to customers as a complete turnkey race truck or as a bare chassis for a team to start with. The suspension and chassis were computer-designed, and the laser-cut, laser-notched, CNC-bent tubing was assembled and welded on a heavy, rigid fixture table. By contrast, most of the off-road racing field, trucks and buggies, are built by hand, one by one. Precision tools are used in race vehicle fabrication, but it's been a rare happening in the off-road racing world to build a complete vehicle in a computer before getting out the fabrication tools.

It takes guts, skill, money, fortitude, and determination to race off-road. It takes all these attributes plus more to actually win races. Standing on the podium with a trophy in hand is the dream of every racer out there, but many will tell you that it's a win just to finish an off-road race. To come in a step ahead of your competition … well, that's what separates the trophy holders from everyone else.

The rear suspension is on par with the front, providing 32 inches of travel via a four-link controlled by Fox coilover and bypass shocks.

Anyone worth their salt in racing will tell you that it takes a team to win races; no single person (or pair of drivers) wins alone. The chance of winning is about as slim as winning the lottery without a good team, a good plan, the proper equipment, or the right truck. Combine all these elements with a little luck, and just maybe victory can be achieved.

Luck seems to be playing less of a factor for Camburg Engineering these days as the team replaces it with straight-out experience. Podium finishes are nothing new for Camburg, but recent back-to-back wins at the General Tire Vegas to Reno race and then the Bluewater Desert Challenge have guaranteed that Camburg will be a target for every competitor in their class in future races.

Congrats to go both driver, Jerry Whelchel, and navigator, Craig Hall, who brought the Camburg Kinetik TT to First Place finishes in both August and October of 2012.


Vehicle: Camburg 6100 Trick Truck (BITD Unlimited class)
Owner/Hometown: Camburg Engineering/Huntington Beach, CA
Engine: Spec LS Class 6100 engine
Induction: Multipoint EFI, AEM air filter
Transmission: TH-400 built by Steve Culhane
Front suspension/Travel: Camburg Kinetik A-arms and steering knuckle, Camburg 2.5 front hubs, Fox 3.0 coilover and 3.5 bypass shocks, Eibach coil springs/27 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Camburg Kinetik four-link, Fox 3.0 coilover and 4.4 bypass shocks, Fox bumpstops, Eibach coil springs/32 inches of travel
Ring and Pinion: Varies by racecourse from 5.13 to 5.43
Rear Differential: TIG-welded full-floater housing, TCS 2-3/16-inch 36-spline 300m axleshafts, GearWorks spool
Tires: 37-inch General Grabber Competition
Wheels: KMC 17-inch Enduro Beadlocks
Interior: Sparco EVO2 seats, Sparco steering wheel, Sweet steering wheel quick-disconnect, Crow Enterprizes harnesses, PCI race radio, Lowrance GPS, AEM gauges, dual fire suppression systems, live satellite tracking by IRC
Body: Complete fiberglass body by Glassworks Unlimited
Other: Plumbing by Brown & Miller, Optima batteries, mil-spec wiring, Scosche power cables, MagnaFlow mufflers, KC-Pod HID lights, Baer Brakes, CBR coolers and radiator, safety bladder fuel cell, Bosch dual fuel pumps, Drivelines Unlimited driveshaft, Lucas Oil products used throughout

A Howe steering rack is practically standard-issue in the TT class for good reason: It’s powerful and reliable.
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