NORMALLY, this would be the time of the year the Street Machine team is holed up in our bunker, a stack of the last 12 months’ mags scattered over a table as we passionately argue the toss over which 16 cars will make the cut for the 2018 Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year competition. But not this year – the 30th year of SMOTY, no less.
Instead, we’re handing the power over to you guys. Your task? To narrow down the field of 80 Australian-built cars featured in the mag between September 2017 and August 2018 to just 16. To do that, we’re holding four rounds of polling on whichcar.com.au/streetmachine. In each of the four rounds, you get to choose four cars out of twenty. At the end of the polling period (10 August), the 16 cars with the most votes in total across all four polls will be in.
And it’s as simple as that! Like Street Machine Of The Year itself, it won’t matter how many trophies your car has racked up, how fast it is or how much cash you’ve spent on it. It will come down to the 16 cars the Street Machine community reckons are the most deserving. Democracy at work!
We’ll announce the 16 contenders in our next issue, on sale 16 August. So hop onto the website and have your say. And as a bonus, we’re giving away a limitededition SMOTY T-shirt for each and every day of the polling period. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for that one: facebook.com/streetmachinemagazine.
I’d be fibbing if said I’m not going to miss the in-house SMOTY selection process. It was always great fun and a nice way to reflect on the mag’s output for the year. But on the other hand, instead of having an awesome discussion about the very best street machines with my workmates, I now get to have it with thousands of Street Machine fans online, through Facebook, Instagram and the comments section on the website. Which is pretty rad, as you guys are just as passionate about modified cars as we are. If not more so!
And thanks so much to Valvoline for sponsoring the $20,000 prize that goes to the SMOTY winner – the richest in our sport. It is a great vote of confidence that a company like Valvoline recognises machine both the size and the integrity of the street