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Milwaukee Street Machine of the Year

Since 1988, Street Machine of the Year has been the richest and prestigious award in our sport.

What makes SMOTY unique is that the winner is selected solely by the street machine community. The role call of winners is a whose-who of legends.

Milwaukee provides a $20,000 first prize to the winner and $5000 to one lucky voter.

Frequently Asked Questions

The be eligible to be in the running for Street Machine of the Year, your car will need to have been featured in the mag in the previous year. From there, the editorial team choose 16 finalists. The winner is then chosen by a public vote.

The SMOTY winner receives $20,000 thanks to Milwaukee and gets their name etched on the famous perpetual trophy. The award is officially presented at a VIP party at Street Machine Summernats

The first SMOTY winner was Alan Cooper's BLOBAK HQ Holden ute in 1988! Check out the full list here

Young SMOTY is a new competition to reward and encourage a new generation of car builders. Anyone aged 24 or under is eligible to enter and the competition is open to any genre of car. The voting for this year's competition is open now, have your say here

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Grant Azzopardi's Barra-swapped '48 Ford Anglia van wins Milwaukee Young SMOTY

You chose Grant's epic van as the second-ever YSMOTY champ!

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Billy Shelton's SICKEST VL cracks the sevens

Billy Shelton's VL Commodore is a show and go champion once more

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Bryce McCabe's XR Falcon in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Bryce's Clevo-powered hottie is once again in the YSMOTY running

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Toyota Supra RZ-S in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Nic Haggett's Mk4 Supra is a 1200rwhp, 2JZ-powered JDM dream machine

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Nissan Patrol GQ in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Reckon this is just another asthmatic GQ Patrol? A quick poke under the bonnet shows Nathan Clark's big GQ is anything but

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XF Falcon ute in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Odds are on Joel Lucas's Barra-swapped XF as the quickest YSMOTY chariot of 2023

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Holden VZ One Tonner in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Hamish's home-built VZ One Tonne ute shows how far young ingenuity can take you

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XR Falcon in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

It's round two for Bryce McCabe in SMOTY. Will he take home the win this year?

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1967 Ford Mustang in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

A sweet shed build with Windsor grunt!

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Nissan Silvia S15 in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Aron Ritchie ticks all the street cred boxes with his immac S15

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Ford Mk2 Cortina in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Curtis Earnshaw's Corty is a proper pocket rocket

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Holden HZ panel van in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Brock Clayton's awesome HZ panel van combines new-school grunt with old school custom vanning style

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Barra-powered 1948 Ford Anglia panel van in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Rarely seen body, oodles of fab, and modern grunt from Grant Azzopardi

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Holden HJ One Tonner in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Blake Attard brings old-school steeze to the YSMOTY stage

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Ford Model A roadster in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Traditional touches abound in Alex Morris's slick '28-bodied coupe

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Nissan 300ZX Z32 in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Brodie wanted to build the world's wildest Nissan 300ZX, and we reckon he'd be bloody close to taking that cake

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1962 Ford Anglia in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Crystelle Xuereb's racer-inspired Anglia is a cool family tribute

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XC Falcon in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Bailey Walters's YSMOTY-finalist XC is one killer family project

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410ci VJ Valiant Ranger in Milwaukee Young SMOTY

Joel Kostiuk is kicking it old-school in his mint VJ!

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Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year - vote and win

Help choose the 2023 Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year winner - you could win $2500!

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The Japanese cars of Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year 2023

We take a look at some of the Japanese cars entered into Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year for 2023

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The wildcards of Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year 2023

Wrangling some of the unique stuff that's in the running for YSMOTY!

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Mopars of Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year 2023

We've had some ripper Chryslers turning out this time!

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Fords of Milwaukee Young Street Machine of the Year 2023

Some of our favourite Blue Ovals to enter YSMOTY so far!