Original Road Atlanta stock certificate 1970
Posted 21 November 2012 - 13:04
I'm not completely sure of what each share cost back then... I seem to remember $2 a share but I could be wrong... but whatever it was was not easy for my parents to afford. Looking back, I realize the lengths they went to helping a young kid explore and enjoy his passion. My mother was an English teacher and my father a university librarian. The whole racing thing was totally foreign to them.
Of course, a couple of years later when they went bankrupt, my shares became worthless. In the mid 70s I ran into Earl Walker, who was running a print shop in Decatur, GA. Recognizing the name, I mentioned that I'd had stock in the track, and he turned white as a sheet and mumbled an apology. I suspect he'd had some angry stockholder experiences over the years.
It was fun these 40+ years later to find the certificate.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 13:49
A long lost friend of mine has a set of construction drawing for the track itself. How I wish I had a set too.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 14:13
I also remember that the original track length, 2.52 miles, was measured by a local rallyist named Alan Bingham using a Heuer Robo rally computer. From dinner with Alan about 1977 or so, a more faded memory thinks Alan did a few runs down the center of he track, and came up with a length in thousandths which was rounded up to the 2.52.
Useless details, I know. But when you're old and broken, what else is there to do?
Posted 21 November 2012 - 14:26
Posted 21 November 2012 - 16:23
I love anything Road Atlanta!
('cept the current owner — see "Burzynski")
Posted 24 November 2012 - 22:36
Posted 26 November 2012 - 23:36
My guess is that the certificate itself today is worth more than your parents paid for the stock when the track was a going business. Tom