Cam Jeffrey Emig was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 1, 1970. As a boy, Jeff's father and friends began trail riding and the family would take trips to the hills of southern Missouri to ride. Emig's older brother, Brian, was the first to take up the family hobby, but soon young Jeff quickly followed in his footsteps. Brian also started racing first with Jeff following him at age 7. It didn't take long for Jeff to start winning, and racing rapidly became a focal point for the Emig family.