All revved up and ready to go

By Tara Whitsed

Craig Morrow hopes his 1983 Holden will be the first Commodore to take out Street Machine of the Year.

The magazine-run competition features 16 finalists and the Mooroopna man said a Commodore had never taken out the top gong before.

‘‘People love Monaros and Toranas and those sorts of older models,’’ he said.

Craig spent three-and-a-half years doing up the shiny white Holden Commodore VH SL/E, which featured on the front cover and poster fold-out of Street Machine in June this year.

He explained this feature put him in the running for Street Machine of the Year.

‘‘They did four rounds of 20 cars and they voted for those,’’ he said.

Out of the four rounds, Craig’s car was whittled down along with 15 other vehicles, reaching the final stage of voting.

Craig’s vehicle is joined by Shaun Braybrook’s HK Monaro GTS which was built with Shane Rowe at Shepparton’s Southern Rod and Custom.

Street Machine described Craig’s vehicle as being packed with innovative features.

The vehicle was one of nine vehicles to be unveiled at Summernats.

Craig said he purchased the vehicle from Sydney and it was in dire need of restoration.

‘‘I got the passion from my dad John Morrow,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve been into cars my whole life and I’ve got Holdens in my blood.’’

Having restored vehicles in the past, Craig said he had not done one up to this standard previously, which includes interior modifications.

He said the restoration would have taken him thousands of hours over the past few years and to take out Street Machine of the Year would be the cherry on top.

Street Machine editor Simon Telford said the coveted award had been running for three decades.

He said this was the first time the 16 finalists had been selected by popular vote rather than being put forward by a panel of experts.

‘‘It’s exciting to see democracy at work for something that means so much to so many,’’ Simon said.

‘‘We’ve put all the checks and balances in place to ensure the integrity of the voting system, and we’ll be crowning the winner in a couple of months from now.’’

Voting closes next month on October 8 and Craig encouraged the local community to get behind his vehicle.

Voting also puts you in the draw to win the ultimate Street Machine Summernats experience.

You and a mate could be off to Canberra, with flights from the winner’s nearest Australian capital, four nights in a top hotel, two Platinum Passes to Summernats 32, a pair of VIP passes to the exclusive Street Machine party, and $1000 spending money.

To vote, visit