THE 2018 running of the Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year award is a history-making affair. Since the inception of the award, the staff and contributors of Street Machine have voted to decide the finalists, before the responsibility of selecting the winner is turned over to you – our valued readers.

This year, however, we’ve handed you the keys to the city. Not only will the winner ultimately be decided by popular vote, but the pool of 16 nominees has been decided according to the will of the people!

Congratulations to the finalists. You are here by virtue of the most democratic SMOTY voting process ever, and that’s something to be proud of. As for the readers, your work here is not yet done:


TO BE eligible, cars must be primarily Australian-built and featured in one of the past 12 issues of Street Machine. Elite show cars, tough streeters and ballistic burnout weapons are among the finalists, and the outright winner is decided by you!


NOT only does your vote count towards your favourite car getting the gong, but it also puts you in the draw to win the ultimate Street Machine Summernats experience. You and a mate could be off to Canberra on us, with flights from the winner’s nearest Australian capital (or from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch if you live in NZ), four nights in a top hotel, two Platinum Passes to Summernats 32, a pair of VIP passes to the exclusive Street Machine party, and $1000 spending money to boot!


SIMPLY click here, vote for your favourite vehicle and complete the entry form. Voting opens 16 August 2018 and closes 8 October 2018 at 23:59 (AEDT). To help you make your choice, you’ll also be able to view the original feature stories on all 16 finalists on the site. You can only vote once, so make it count!