2016 Street Machine of the year

This is one election where your vote really does make a difference. Get on board and help choose the 2016 Street Machine of the year!

THERE’S been plenty of election talk this year, but there’s only one ballot that matters: the Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year. You know the premise: Vote for your favourite street machine of the past 12 months, we’ll tally the votes, and the owner of the car with the most votes takes home the trophy and $20,000. That’s SMOTY in a nutshell – no broken promises, no kissing babies.

As usual, there’s plenty to float your boat among the 16 finalists – force-fed, stripfighting small-blocks; traditional chromemountain street machines; elite pro touring supercars; and just about everything in between. From panos to Pontiacs, Monaros to Camaros, pre-Kinger Holdens to a trio of Falcons – this year’s SMOTY is hotter than ever.

The 2016 Street Machine Of The Year winner will not only become the 29th to have their name engraved on the hallowed SMOTY trophy, but will also bag a $20,000 cheque thanks to our great friends at Valvoline.

HOW IT WORKS

THE 16 finalists are decided by a vote of Street Machine staff and contributors.

To be eligible, cars must be primarily Australian-built and featured in one of the past 12 issues of Street Machine.

Elite show cars, slammed customs, Pro Street monsters and burnout weapons are among the finalists, but the outright winner is up to you!

YOU CAN WIN TOO

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 Summernats experience. You and a mate could be off to Canberra on us, with flights from any Australian capital, five nights in a top hotel, a stack of cool Street Machine gear, two Platinum Passes to Summernats 30, a pair of VIP passes to the exclusive Street Machine party, and $1000 for good measure!

HOW TO VOTE

FOR AUSTRALIAN residents, there are two ways to vote: SMS the CODE WORD that appears on the car of your choice, plus your full name, address (including postcode) and daytime phone number to 1999 0001 (max cost 55c including GST); or submit the entry form at www.smoty.com.au, where you can also read the original feature stories on all 16 finalists. NEW ZEALAND residents can only vote via the website.

You can only vote once per voting method – repeat votes will not count. Voting opens 11 August 2016 and closes 1 October 2016 at 23:59 (AEST).

Get voting!

Competition commences 11/08/2016 and closes 01/10/2016 at 23:59 (AEST). Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand who are available to travel to Canberra, ACT Australia from 04/01/2017 to 09/01/2017. Entrants under 18 years old must have parental/guardian approval to enter and further, the parent/guardian of the entrant must read and consent to these Terms and Conditions. Only one (1) entry permitted per entry method in Australia. One (1) web entry only accepted from New Zealand. In the event the winner lives within 250km of Canberra, the flight and hotel transfers component of the prize will not be included. For full terms and conditions, please visit www.smoty.com.au. Winner will be drawn on 11/10/2016. The Promoter is Bauer Media Pty Ltd (ABN 18053273546) TRADING AS Bauer Trader Media. Authorised under permit numbers: NSW LTPS/16/05812, ACT TP 16/01447, SA T16/1302. Premium SMS cost will not exceed 55c. Australian entrants must have premium service access to enter via SMS. Calls from mobile and pay phones may attract a higher rate.

Service provider: TELADS Communications Group. Level 20, Como Tower, 644 Chapel Street, South Yarra, VIC 3141. Entrants under 18 years old must obtain account holder’s consent to enter. Helpline: 1300 650 940.

1988 - HQ UTE - Alan Cooper 1989 - HQ MONARO - Dave Bennett 1990 - HQ UTE - Ron Barclay 1991 - XY FALCON - Craig Parker 1992 - XB FALCON GT - Frank Picollo 1993 - 1964 CORVETTE - Frank Rejtano 1994 - FJ HOLDEN - Colin Townsend 1995 - XA FALCON - Howard Astill FJ HOLDEN - Darryl McBeth 1996 - 1955 CHEVROLET - John Riksis 1997 - HT MONARO - Bill Murfin 1998-99 - HJ HOLDEN - Ed Brodie 2000 - HQ MONARO - Alan Lucas 2001- FORD MUSTANG - Gary Myers 2002 - 1957 CHEVROLET - Mark Jones 2003 - EH HOLDEN - Adam LeBrese 2004 - LJ TORANA - Steve Leerentveld 2005 - FORD MUSTANG - Gary Myers 2006 - HK MONARO - Adam Barbaresco & Donny Kevric 2007 - HK MONARO - Mark Sullivan 2008 - HQ ONE-TONNER - Rob Godfrey 2009 - LX TORANA - Angela Dow 2010 - PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA - Graeme Cowin 2011- FC HOLDEN - Peter & Michelle Fitzpatrick 2012 - XC FALCON - Adam LeBrese 2013 - XR FALCON - Mick Fabar 2014 - FB HOLDEN - Henry Parry 2015 - HR UTE - Nathan Booth

THE CONTENDERS – VOTE NOW

01 BRAD PIZZI 1964 EH HOLDEN PANELVAN MAR 2016

BRAD Pizzi succeeded in cracking the Summernats Top 60 with his glorious EH, as well as taking out Top Van; not bad for a young bloke with nothing but skills, a shed and an EH-mad family behind him! A Rod-Tech coil-over front end brings the van into the modern era, while an L34- spec 308 running triple Demon carbs and a T350 shifting via the column keep it decidedly old-school. The underbody is fully detailed and two-packed; Brad’s allergy to stone guard no doubt helped him take home the tinware.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ EH ’

BRENT MURRAY TRANSFORMS A LOCAL UGLY-DUCKLING VAL INTO A STUNNING SUMMERNATS TOP 20-PLACING DODGE DART REPLICA 02 BRENT MURRAY 1968 DODGE DART CLONE MAR 2016

VALIANT hardtop bodies have to be perfect to look even remotely straight, so for Brent and crew to not only nail this VF hardtop’s lines but spray them candy apple red shows real confidence. A conversion to US-spec Dart front sheet metal is also notable, but it’s the 910hp big-block that perhaps commands the most attention, especially as it’s slathered in chrome and topped by a 6/71 blower. A spot in the Elite Top 20 at Summernats 29 and tinware for Outstanding Engineered Super Street validated Brent’s hard work.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ DART ’

05 LEIGH HAINTZ 1970 HG HOLDEN MONARO JUN 2016

THE soft silver hue gives Leigh’s HG Monaro a degree of elegance, as does the deletion of the boot lock and a lack of stripes, but down the front the elegance gives way to brutality.

A built 408ci mill force-fed by an 8/71 blower and in-your-face bug catcher set-up is enough to quash any rumours of grace. Yet despite the monster motor, manualised trans and Weld AlumaStars, it’s no track weapon; this Monaro is all about Sunday cruising with the family.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ HG ’

06 GLENN PROFILIO 1959 FC HOLDEN UTE DEC 2015

THE phatness of pro touring is so rarely applied to our classic Aussie metal, but Glenn has changed that with his FC ute. Tasking Down Town Kustoms with the build, Glenn’s Holden copped a handmade chassis, fully upgraded suspension and a ballsy LS3 backed by a Tremec T56 – the latter two both straight from the crate. ‘Refined’ in both name and nature, this FC has had 032 STREET MACHINE crate. ‘Refined’ in both name and nature, this FC has had barely a square inch of metal left untouched by DTK, with bumpers and tailgate both brand new and the rest of the body massaged to a perfect finish.

SMS CODE WORD ‘UTE’

SMS: 1999 0001 ONLINE: www.smoty.com.au Max SMS cost 55c inc. GST (NZ residents can only vote via the website)

03 CHRIS BITMEAD 1976 XB FORD FALCON COUPE MAY 2016

XBOSS needs no introduction. Utterly bespoke in every aspect, the blown Boss 290, C10 auto and Jag IRS rear end are as detailed as every other part of the car, fitted to a body comprehensively different to that of the factory machine. Built to take on the Yanks on their home soil, it won a berth in the Ridler Award’s Great Eight at the 2016 Detroit Autorama, arguably Great Eight at the 2016 Detroit Autorama, arguably the greatest accolade ever earned by an Aussie-built car.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ XBOSS ’

04 GREG HOGAN 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO DEC 2015

BUILT in the best traditions of pro touring to go, stop, turn and never break, Greg’s ’69 Camaro coupe has been treated to an almost-all-new body bolted to an Art Morrison chassis, and rides on Corvette C6 suspension. It’s powered by a ballistic, dry-sumped US-built 440ci RHS LS7 backed by an unbreakable six-speed T56 Tranzilla ’box. Anything that can get hot has had a cooler installed – oil, gearbox, diff, power steer, even Greg himself – ensuring the only crisis to befall this car is on the number plate.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ CAM1 ’

07 JOHN MAWHINNEY 1957 CHEVROLET 210 SEP 2015

JOHN’S ’57 runs a blown 400-cube Chev topped by a pair of Zok 4150 carbs. It’s good for 1000 horses, channels Running On Empty and makes a sweet noise that can be heard clear across the valley. That’s no surprise, as the build was started by John’s late father as a companion to his Track Red XY GT. The Chev’s history has been far from smooth, with multiple incidents both mechanical far from smooth, with multiple incidents both mechanical and cosmetic resulting in the 210 being rebuilt to the amazing standard you see here.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ CHEV ’

JACK OF ALL 08 MARK SIRACUSA & MATT COWAN 1974 LH HOLDEN TORANA AUG 2016

THERE’S a growing trend for high-end burnout builds that simply look way too tits to skid; Mark and Matt’s Torana is no exception. From the HOK Planet Green duco to the 20x14 rear Intros, everything is immaco, resulting in gongs for Tuff Street Champion and Best Pro Tuff at Summernats two years running, plus tinware at MotorEx, Autofest and more. Yet despite the tinware at MotorEx, Autofest and more. Yet despite the LH’s head-turning looks, it’s the blown 511ci donk that steals the show; although tuned to shred tyres with relentless enthusiasm, this mill’s 1928hp is nothing short of outrageous.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ LH ’

09 JAMIE MCKAY 1970 HT HOLDEN MONARO GTS FEB 2016

JAMIE realised a boyhood dream with the purchase of his GTS and knows the quintessential Monaro essence is not to be messed with; black stripes on classic white complement the factory houndstooth interior, just as it did in 1970. It’s under the bonnet where the deviations occur; the stonking 400ci Chev from Melway Competition stonking 400ci Chev from Melway Competition Engines drives through a fully manualised T350 to a nine-inch down back. Finishing the look is a sinister set of black Weld Magnums, ensuring the Monaro sits tough.

SMS CODE WORD ‘HT’

ERFECT STANCE AND 10 GRAHAM LAITY CAMARO RS JAN 2016

DESPITE having lusted after a Camaro since 1968, Graham skipped traditional muscle car dynamics in favour of a textbook pro touring supercar. With CAD-designed suspension, Wilwood stoppers and Rushforth alloys measuring a whopping 19x12 out the back, the car’s handling is certainly razor-sharp. Under the bonnet, Graham specified a dry-sumped 427ci LS7, ensuring it has the go to match the whoa. HOK Brandywine duco makes full use of GM’s perfect lines, and despite being impeccable, Graham’s not afraid to road-trip the big Camaro to MotorEx and beyond.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ CAM2 ’

PPLE IS MORE TEMPTING STORY CRAIG PARKER PHOTOS CHRIS THOROGOOD PLEIS R 13 GRANT CONNOR 1967 XR FORD FALCON JUL 2016

GRANT Connor never set out to build a showstopper; he just wanted a 393 Clevo XR Falcon on 20in rims. But rolled guards became tubs, which became a respray, which became a re-trim, and suddenly Grant’s scored the coveted People’s Choice at Summernats 29. Driveline aside, it’s the subtle body mods, billet bits and thoroughly modernised interior that keep the interest, while the menacing mix of HOK Apple Red, Pagan Gold and Root Beer Kandy over a black base gives ‘Bad Apple’ its incredible pop.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ APPLE ’

14 DENNIS & LUKE DEANE 1962 PONTIAC LAURENTIAN JUN 2016

WEIGHING in at 2130 kilos, there’s a whole lotta car to love in Dennis and Luke Deane’s Canadian-stamped Laurentian sedan. Built by Real Steel of Queanbeyan, this Ontario orphan has been updated with the latest GM gear; a 376ci Bowtie LSX and Harrop HTV1900 blower nestle in a custom ’bay, bolted to a heavily modified chassis 042 STREET MACHINE a custom ’bay, bolted to a heavily modified chassis that encompasses a T56 manual and a set of ’bags. A full VY Clubsport interior has been surprisingly well-integrated to create a slick pro touring sedan, eh?

SMS CODE WORD ‘ PON ’

THE CONTENDERS – VOTE NOW

11 RAELENE DREW 1966 HR HOLDEN PREMIER SEP 2015

RAELENE’S immaculate HR Premier sits next to husband Mark’s Torana in the Drew family garage, but shows a clean set of heels at the strip. Having variously run a red, countless small-blocks and a $500 LS1 with an eBay turbo, ‘Henry Rollins’, as it’s known, now spor a cast-iron 403ci LQ9 and runs in the eightsecond zone. The HR earned internet fame thanks eightsecond zone. The HR earned internet fame thanks to video of Mark perching precariously on a standard Premier bench and slamming the ’Glide up a gear using a vintage column-shift! Nowadays, it sports a rollcage and race seats.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ HR ’

12 MAL APPS 1959 FC HOLDEN FEB 2016

EY WHEN Mal bought his first FC Holden in five decades, he wanted something special, so he shipped it off to Glenn O’Halloran for a full chassis, Rod-Tech front end, four-bar rear, a nine-inch and a full set of ’bags. Now powered by a 350 small-block topped by a horn-worthy crossram EFI system, the FC copped extensive body mods without compromising its classic Holden identity. Proving how compromising its classic Holden identity. Proving how awesome it is, Mal’s FC received gongs for Best Interior and the Laurie Starling Excellence Award at MotorEx 2015.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ FC ’

15 DAVE GUILFOYLE 1973 HQ HOLDEN MONARO GTS DEC 2015

THERE were only 10 Purr-Pull HQ Monaro coupes built, and even fewer still survive – but Dave’s thrives. Part resto, part bonkers big-block, Dave’s Monaro is motivated by a built 502ci Gen VI Chev fed by a 6/71 blower and topped by a Joe Blo Enderle EFI bug catcher. The process was made more 086 STREET MACHINE difficult when Dave decided to tub the already-painted car, but the headache was worthwhile; it sits tough, sporting an old-school stance, yet successfully offsets the insanity with original-style paint, interior and nana-spec venetians.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ HQ ’

16 RHYS CHRISTOU 1967 XR FORD FALCON APR 2016

CHRIS Christou was famous for his Eager-frying exploits back in the 80s in his GTHO Phase III.

Now his son Rhys proves that the apple seldom falls far from the tree with his similarly tough XR Falcon, the product of an 11-year build. Black as pitch both outside and under the bonnet, with a blood-red interior, it almost looks too good to skid. Mechanically though, it’s ready to rumble; a dry-sumped 427ci Windsor, transbraked ’Glide and a rock-solid nine-inch await their fate.

SMS CODE WORD ‘ XR ’

SMS: 1999 0001 ONLINE: www.smoty.com.au Max SMS cost 55c inc. GST (NZ residents can only vote via the website)