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IT IS Valvoline Street Ma­chine Of The Year time again, now in its 30th year. That makes it one of the long­est-run­ning awards in our sport, even older than the Summernats Grand Cham­pion gong. You can see the full roll call of past win­ners since 1988 on page 51. It is a pretty amaz­ing list and a great snap­shot of how our sport has evolved over the past three decades. And with a $20,000 win­ner-takes-all prize up for grabs thanks to Valvoline, it is the rich­est award on the Aus­tralian mod­i­fied car scene.

While the cash is al­ways wel­comed by the win­ners, the real value of SMOTY is get­ting your name etched onto the side of the fa­mous per­pet­ual tro­phy. Why? Be­cause to make it hap­pen, your cre­ation has to in­spire a ma­jor­ity of Street Ma­chine read­ers to vote for your car from a group that in­cludes 15 other crack­ing rides. How fast your car is, how tech­ni­cally per­fect it might be or how much money you may have spent on it only counts in­so­far as those things mat­ter to the thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als who vote each year.

SMOTY is the one place where elite show ponies, gen­uine streeters, comp cars and off-the-wall con­cept cars all com­pete at the same time and on an equal play­ing field. It would be im­pos­si­ble for such a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles to be fairly as­sessed by for­mal judg­ing, which is why you guys get to do the choos­ing. Ev­ery­one is an ex­pert, ev­ery­one gets a vote and ev­ery­one’s vote is equal.

As it hap­pens, this year’s list of con­tenders con­sists mainly of street-style rides, with the ex­cep­tion of the awe-in­spir­ing burnout ma­chines of Gary Myers and the Castle­maine Rod Shop boys. The 16 fi­nal­ists are cho­sen by a panel com­pris­ing the Street Ma­chine staff and free­lance crew, with any Aus­tralian-built fea­ture car from the Septem­ber 2016 mag through to Au­gust 2017 el­i­gi­ble to make the short­list. Each pan­el­list chooses their top 16 cars, we add up the re­sults and get our con­tenders. The rest is up to you!

To make your vote count, head over to smoty.com.au to make your choice. We’ve got the full fea­ture story on ev­ery car and a video as well, so check them out and then cast your vote.

And be­sides help­ing to cre­ate a piece of street ma­chin­ing his­tory, we also have a killer prize on of­fer to re­ward your ef­forts. One lucky voter wins a VIP trip to Street Ma­chine Summernats 31, held in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal, 4-7 Jan­uary 2018. We’ll fly you and a mate to the ’Nats from your near­est cap­i­tal city and put you up for four nights in a flash ho­tel. And yep, Ki­wis are el­i­gi­ble to vote, too. You’ll get two highly prized Plat­inum Passes to the event, an in­vite to the Street Ma­chine VIP party and $1000 spend­ing money. We’ll also deck you out in Street Ma­chine merch and make sure you have a top time!

The win­ner of both the over­all and reader prizes will be re­vealed in the De­cem­ber is­sue, so get out there and vote, share the vot­ing link around on­line and get as many peo­ple in­volved as s pos­si­ble. I can’t wait to see which car you choose.

SMOTY IS THE ONE PLACE WHERE ELITE SHOW PONIES, GEN­UINE STREETERS, COMP CARS AND OFFTHE-WALL CON­CEPT CARS ALL COM­PETE AT THE SAME TIME AND ON AN EQUAL PLAY­ING FIELD

Street Ma­chine Summernats is al­ways fun, but be­ing there as our VIP guests is even bet­ter! Last year’s win­ners Colin and Belinda Os­mond (above) had a blast and re­ally made the most of their time in Can­berra. You’ll even get an in­vite to our ex­clu­sive VIP party. Just ask the 2015 win­ners, Rhys Davies and Brian Heaney (right), how much fun that was!

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