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                                                                   DAN LONG’S
      Text by: Glenn Eldridge
                                                                   SEMA BUILD
      Photos by: Jacqueline Eldridge
             I  first  met  Dan  Long  on  the  last  day  of  the

             SEMA Show in 2012. Optima Battery was lining
      -up Dan’s GTO and several other cars they had select-
      ed  for  their  Optima  Ultimate  Street  Car  Invitational

      Challenge. Owners drove their street able track pre-
      pared SEMA cars from the Las Vegas Convention Cen-
      ter down the Las Vegas strip and on out to the Spring
      Mountain Motorsports Speedway 50-miles outside of

      Vegas.

      Fast  forward  to  2014,  Dan  negotiated  an  exclusive
      deal with Chrysler to showcase the only 2015 Dodge
      Challenger at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Ne-

      vada. The Challenger made its welcome comeback at
      a great time for the automotive industry with the re-
      turn  of  the  Camaro  and  ongoing  popularity  of  the
      Mustang. To earn an opportunity as the builder with

      the  only 2015  Challenger SEMA car and to create a
      work  of  art  worthy  of  the  SEMA  floor  showcase  is
      quite an honor; Dan’s Challenger exceeded all expec-
      tations

      Dan owns Downforce Motorsports located in Wiscon-

      sin  and  is  involved  heavily  with  the  National  Auto
      Sports Association (NASA). His unique talent for per-
      formance  and  style  has  attracted  sponsors  from

      around  the  country  including  Amsoil,  PPG,  AirLift,




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