ATLANTA – Manheim’s Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Auction, located in Fort Worth, Texas, recently hosted the 18th annual World Automobile Auctioneer Championship May 5 and 6, attracting a record participant attendance.

Scott Goodhue, of Calhaw, Colo., took first place in the auctioneer category, receiving the grand prize of $15,000 and a trophy. With a score of 98.13 out of 100 possible points, Goodhue was one of 80 participants at the event.

First-place ringman at the 2006 World Automobile Auctioneer Championship was Brandy Assiter, of Lubbock, Texas, with a score of 97.73, and the winners of the team category, which includes both the auctioneer and the ringman, were Doak Lambert, of Coppel, Texas, and Cody Long, of Cedar Park, Texas, with a score of 96.59.

Participants were judged on clarity, appearance, product knowledge and salesmanship, interaction with dealers and other factors.

Judges came from Canada, Australia, England, and the United States and represented Manheim, DaimlerChrysler, Volkswagen Credit, Audi, Ford Remarketing, North Star Auto Auction, Barrett-Jackson, and others.

The auction sold 713 vehicles of the 797 that ran in the lanes. More than 600 dealers attended the auction and participated via Simulcast.

The 2007 World Automobile Auctioneer Championship will take place at Manheim’s Central Florida Auto Auction in Orlando, Fla.