10th Annual "Smoker" set for June 24 & 25 in
Smoker Sale at Brasher's Idaho Auto Auction marks its 10th
anniversary this summer, and the auction is making preparations for
the event which is set for June 24th and 25th in
. General Manager Doug Brasher reports that the 10th Annual Smoker
will feature 3,000 cars over two days of auction selling. An
estimated 4,500 fight fans will converge on the Qwest Arena in
to cheer their favorites in eight amateur grudge matches and to
visit with boxing legend, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.
Smoker Sale is a summer tradition at the Idaho Auto Auction, begun
in 2000 by the auction’s original owner, Steve Marlow. Over the
past ten years, it attracting the attention of car dealers and auto
remarketers from coast to coast, and has grown into one of the
biggest auction promotional events in the nation.
“Smoker” gets its moniker from the informal name given to unregulated
boxing shows of the early to mid-1900s.
Though promoted as “amateur” bouts, they were, for all
intents and purposes, professional prize-fights conducted in private
clubs. The term
“smoker” originates from the clouds of tobacco
smoke which swirled above the ring during these shows. Idaho Auto
Auction’s “Smoker” has featured both professional and
semi-professional boxers over the years, in addition to colleagues
from the auction industry who have shed their shirts along with
their pride to take their turns in the ring.
Smoker promises to be bigger and better than ever," notes Doug
Brasher, who took his turn in the ring in 2004. "We're
expecting a tremendous selection of vehicles, and we'll have huge
crowds here ready to buy them. And we're all looking forward to the
Smoker's main event, when our own Matt Brasher will enter the ring
to prove his boxing prowess!"
In addition to a GM
Factory sale, the auction will feature a number of national
consignors including GMAC, US Bank, Wachovia, AmeriCredit, Capital
One, Prestige Financial,
's Bank, Wheels, Drive, Suzuki,
and Avis. The Smoker will also include a Horsepower Sale (new car
dealer trades), as well as an RV and Powersports sale.
the Smoker's 10th year, we're starting a new tradition, which we're
calling the 'last man standing' contest," said Brasher.
"It's a way to work together to raise money for charity, and
we'll give everyone who attends the opportunity to 'stand' for as
much money as they'd like to donate to help members of our
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