SRT® Owner Profile: Danny Ortiz, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The first time that I laid eyes on an SRT® vehicle was on NW 39th Street in Oklahoma City in 2003. That's a common boulevard for the street cruisers on Saturday nights. There was a Neon sitting at the light next to a well-known muscle car. When the light turned green the little Neon smoked the heavy muscle car and I instantly fell in love. I researched the vehicle through online forums and eventually bought a brand new black 2004 Neon SRT4 in May of 2004. Immediately, I moved to Southern Spain where it was the only SRT for miles. I stuck to the forums where friendships grew and where Neon owners went on to bigger and better SRT models. I aim to do the same.
First Mopar® 2004 Neon SRT4
SRT® Garage I have a 2004 Neon SRT4. I bought it in May of 2004 when I was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in South Oklahoma City. I purchased the vehicle from Fowler Dodge with just 13 miles on her.
Favorite Stretch of Road Currently there is a stretch of road on 1-35 in South Oklahoma that is paved just right. This is where I find my Zen in driving this machine.
Farthest Traveled to Meet a Fellow Car Enthusiast The farthest I've driven to meet other folks like me was in Spain, when I drove her from Rota to the Sevilla and surrounding areas. I made this trip many times to either host car shows or to attend them.
Racing or Cruising I just cruise her. I get on her every now and again to show a V8 who is the boss, but nothing more than that. I've raced on the track a few times but racing is not my style.
Online Hangouts I mostly spend my time on SRTforums.com and currently am one of the top-five posters on there.
Offline Clubs I used to be part of the Team Estilo (Spanish for style) in Rota, Spain. We were one of the first car clubs in South Spain that helped spread the tuner fad around Spain. We had gathered with some college students in Madrid and helped publish one of the first tuner magazines in Spain. We would help sponsor most of South Spain's Car shows.
Badge of loyalty I love the SRT family so much that I've looked into buying many SRTs, mostly the Grand Cherokee SRT8, but I'll be buying a used 300 SRT instead. I've marked many tool boxes with the famous Mopar® "M." Our family vehicle is a Chrysler Town & Country and we are Mopar through and through.