Manheim Pennsylvania will host over 100 auctioneers who are set to face-off in the 2017 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship (WAAC), which will showcase auctioneers competing for $12,500 in prize money as well as the title of the best auctioneer, best ringperson and best two-person team.
“It’s our privilege to sponsor this year’s event and celebrate the top professionals in automobile auctioneering,” Manheim Pennsylvania general manager Joey Hughes said in a news release. “It will be an inspiring display of hard work and unique craft.”
Auctioneers will be judged on chant, voice quality, salesmanship and other performance elements of efficient and authentic auctioneering.
Contenders will also have to showcase their ability to interact and communicate with bidders and buyers.
“The level of talent at this event will be unparalleled, and picking the winners will be an exciting, tough job,” Manheim Inventory Services senior vice president Grace Huang and judge for the championship said.
Other Auto auction industry executives set to attend the championship include Shane O’Dell, president of Cox Automotive Financial Solutions Group and Jerry Hinton, president of the National Auto Auction Association.
“It is fitting to hold this competition at Manheim Pennsylvania, where modern-day auto auctions began in the U.S.,” WAAC president Paul Behr said. “We appreciate Manheim making this event possible, and for the industry leader’s commitment to auto auction professionals.”
Manheim Pennsylvania is said to be the largest auction in the world, its operations currently sit on 400 acres, according to Manheim.