THE 2016 Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year competition is well underway, with 16 of the finest Street Machine feature cars from the past 12 months in the running to win the famous trophy and a $20,000 cheque from Valvoline.
What makes SMOTY unique is that the outcome is determined solely by you guys. Judges’ points, quarter-mile times, horsepower figures and price tags don’t come into it – the winner is simply the car that captures the zeitgeist and claims the most votes.
And as you can see from the list of previous winners, you’ve chosen a wide variety of cars over the years. Of the 28 SMOTY winners, we’ve had 18 Holdens, six Fords, three Chevs and one lonely Mopar. Contrary to popular opinion in some quarters, you don’t necessarily need a mountain of metal hanging out the bonnet to be a winner – in fact, more than half of our previous SMOTY champs have kept their horsepower concealed firmly below the bonnet line. Hot rods and trad customs haven’t had a look in so far, but just about every other genre of chrome-bumper street machine has had at least one win, ranging from outrageous show cars to pro street monsters and street-neat cruisers.
This year’s range of contenders is just as eclectic, and as Nathan Booth’s home-built HR ute demonstrated last year, the winner could surprise you. So check out the cars and cast your vote – just for exercising your democratic right, you could win a VIP trip for two to Street Machine Summernats 30, including $1000 spending money. Happy voting!
SMOTY HALL OF FAME:
1988: Alan Cooper's HQ ute
1990 - Ron Barclay's HQ ute
1991 - Craig Parker's XY Fairmont
1992 - Frank Piccolo's XB Falcon GT
1994 - Colin Townsend's FJ Holden
1995 - Darryl McBeth's FJ Holden
1995 - Howard Astill's XA Falcon
1996 - John Riskas's 1955 Chev
1997 - Bill Murfin's HT Monaro
1998-99 - Ed Brodie's HJ Holden
2000 - Alan 'Bundy' Lucas's HQ Monaro
2002 - Mark Jones's 1957 Chev FAT57
2003 - Adam LeBrese's EH Holden
2004 - Steve Leerentveld's LJ Torana
2005 - Gary Myers's 1966 Mustang
2006 - Adam Barbaresco & Donny Kevric's HK Monaro
2007 - Mark Sullivan's HK Monaro
2008 - Rob Godfrey's HQ One-Tonner
2009 - Angela Dow's LX Torana
2012 - Adam LeBrese's XC Falcon
2013 - Mick Fabar's XR Falcon
2014 - Henry Parry's FB Holden
2015 - Nathan Booth's HR Holden ute