Local Real Estate Comments and Ramblings


Car Crazy? It may be inherited

Hello, My name is Bob and I'm automotively addicted.  Or so it would seem anyway.  I love cars. Street rods, original classic cars, most forms of racing, exotic cars,  they are all great!

I know that Lane Bailey promotes a large portion of his business as selling garages with a house attached.  I totally understand the concept! My dad collected classic cars while I was young and he one of the finest collections anywhere.  But garaging was always a problem. When we moved to Atlanta -Sandy Springs he checked with Fulton county zoning was was ecstatic to learn they would  allow a 20 car garage!  The neighbors weren't as thrilled as he was, but that is a topic for another blog. Lets just say that 8cylinder Bugatti's with open staight pipes blowing down Riverside Drive didn't go over so well.

Below is an ad that my dad did for Champion spark plugs back in the early 70's

Champion spark Plugs

When my folks bought that house in 1969 they paid $88,000 for it.  They added some living space and the garages.  At that time my dad worked in downtown Atlanta and nobody could believe he paid that much for a home OTP (outside the perimeter)!  That house is on the market now for $2.9 Million.  It has been extensively remodeled and updated and the garages are long gone.  I guess the next few owners didn't have any automotive addictions.


Below is a copy from the Atlanta Journal Cobb Extra on a (short lived) automotive venture of mine. it was a long time ago as evidenced by the fact that I have hair LOL.

Cobb Extra Aug 14, 1980

Anyway growing up around this I have a lot of my own car stories.  I'll dig up some photos and or memories and some more in the future. While I'm on a roll here a few ideas for future blogs.


Do the Clampetts live here?

Over Monteagle at 100

A Scary trip back from Hershey

The 400 Autobahn

In the pits at AMS

Though a ditch in a TR4

Mustangs and me

My first car

Cobras at speed - Road Atlanta

My moms kid hauling limo

Are you automotively addicted?  Stick around.  I have plenty of localism and real estate stuff to write on, but I think I am inspired to share with those who are also addicted. 


If you know about an interesting person, place, event or business in our area, please let me know!  I would love to give them a mention here.

Bob Southard, e-ProRealtor®, Solid Source Realty, Inc. Buy or sell a home in Powder Springs, Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Dallas, Hiram, Cobb County, Paulding County, Douglas County, North Fulton County, South Cherokee County

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Comment balloon 8 commentsBob Southard • August 30 2008 09:05PM


well there are worse things than a car addition to inherit. great article and pics thanks for sharing, Sandy Spring is were I lived over 20 years ago and still traveled to shop Perimeter Mall and Phipps Plaza (Just hated the traffic) up until we moved back to Tx,

Posted by Crystal Ledbetter (Texas Home Group) almost 12 years ago

Very interesting story.  You learned your sales skills at a very young age :).


Kind Regards,


Posted by Manolis "Manny" Sfinarolakis (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

Pretty neat Bob.

Thanks for sharing.

Sen Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) almost 12 years ago

And I also know where Monteagle is... 

I look at some of the stuff I have owned, and the prices they could fetch today are unreal.

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 12 years ago

I too am a car addict, although noone i know of in my family loves cars the way i do. I guess i''ll start the line.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Lancaster real estate (Castellum Realty LLC. - International Real Estate Brokerage) almost 12 years ago

Very neat ad about the Rolls and Bugatti...that is a great advertisement especially when you consider how long ago it was created.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) almost 12 years ago


Just joined the group.

Wow. $88K back in the day was a ton!  My dad's car was a '58 Chevy Biscayne - 4 door 283 slush-box. .  Back in 1962 I got my driver's license.  I purchased a set of "mag" hub caps for around $80, that I would slap on that car for the week-end.

My dad often wondered why the tranny went out all of a sudden.  Darn, those stop signs!

Posted by Larry Bergstrom, CNE, CRS, GRI (Crescent Realty, Inc. Spanaway, WA. ) over 11 years ago

My name is Zane and I'm an addict...I have it so bad that my loving girlfriend finally told me that I was not allowed to drag anymore cars home until I get rid of 1 of the 15  other ones....So the other day when she went to work I chopped up and I am parting out HER1968 Baja Bug...that will make some room for a new one.... love your blogs keep them coming.... peace Zane

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) over 11 years ago

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