We get a lot of neat photos taken for us each year, but my favourite of 2010 was Thomas Wielecki's shoot of the Scro Brother's stunning A-V8, taken only days before the location (the old Meadow Lea factory in Sydney's inner West) was demolished. Probably my favourite hot rod of the year too.
What got my personal SMOTY vote? Adam Barnes's HARDHT, featured in our August issue. Sure it's got a mega tough single-turbo 440ci LSX (with a stick shift no less), but what really makes it stand out is the industrial-style, less-is-more, who-needs-chrome treatment that Adam and his crew served up in the engine bay and interior.
For part four of my random list of the best of 2010 - Ricky Absolom's stunning EH. Not only does this car have one of the world's coolest looking LS engines (thanks in no small part to the Harrop rocker covers and cross ram injection) but it has an amazingly well-integrated late model Commodore interior and a bunch of trick body mods. Love it!
We don't feature too many stockers in SM, but for our 50 Years of Falcon series, we found a bunch of cool ones. My fave was Denis Matheson's XB GS wagon, complete with factory eight-seat capacity, 302, power steer and a ton of other neat accessories.
Another tough decision, but of all the Commodores we featured this year, Melissa Todd's sweet VK is the one I'd like in my garage. Specs include a Holden 355 assisted by a GT42R turbo, COME intake and Autronic ECU. Paint is Shanghai Red and those FR19 Simmons measure up at 19x11in at the back!
As the year draws to a close, I thought I'd present my Top Ten Street Machine moments of the year. There's nothing scientific about the list, just ten cars that pushed my buttons. I'll start with my favourite Chrylser. It was a pretty tough field this year, but I can't go past Brad Riepe's 69 Plymouth Road Runner, as featured in the September 2010 issue.