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rockdawg21
08-26-2009, 03:29 PM
This is a really cool story!
Pay attention to the last sentence of the article if you own a Camaro! :)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090826/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_papa_john_s_car;_ylt=AuGVwGzcq08QPjt1nXMuJL Ks0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJqaHRrbnFkBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwOD I2L3VzX29kZF9wYXBhX2pvaG5fc19jYXIEcG9zAzQEc2VjA3lu X21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDcGFwYWpvaG5zZm91
Papa John's founder pays $250K for beloved Camaro

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Tue Aug 25, 8:21 pm ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. With the help of a $250,000 reward, the founder of the Papa John's pizza chain has finally reunited with the muscle car he sold years ago to help keep his family's business afloat.

John Schnatter sold the gold-and-black 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 for $2,800 in 1983. The money helped save his father's tavern in Jeffersonville, Ind., and he used the rest to start what would become a worldwide pizza business.

But he still missed his beloved Camaro and spent years searching for it. He created a Web site on the search, held promotional appearances and eventually offered $250,000 to whoever found it.

It turns out he didn't have to leave Kentucky, where the pizza chain is based in Louisville. The car only changed hands twice from the original buyers, ending up with Jeffery Robinson in Flatwoods, about 165 miles to the east.

"When I first saw it I still wanted to look it over to make sure it was the car even though I knew it," Schnatter told The Associated Press. "That kind of hit me emotionally. I was kind of numb."

The original buyers of Schnatter's car heard about the search when he appeared in a TV interview before an NFL game this month. An online search led them to the car blog Jalopnik, which has followed the search and tipped off Papa John's.

Robinson, who bought the car about five years ago for $4,000, recently delivered the Camaro to Schnatter, earning the $250,000 reward. The original buyers will get $25,000 for their help tracking it down.

Schnatter says it looks very much the same as it did when he sold it in 1983, but with a larger motor and fatter tires for drag racing.

The car will be displayed at the company headquarters in Louisville, replacing a replica Schnatter commissioned while he searched for his original car.

In honor of the reunion, Papa John's planned to offer all Camaro owners a free pizza at stores on Wednesday.

MattHughesRocks
08-26-2009, 03:48 PM
Boys and their toys :laugh:

rockdawg21
08-26-2009, 04:04 PM
Boys and their toys :laugh:
Yeah, but this toy made him a millionaire!

MattHughesRocks
08-26-2009, 04:05 PM
And me hungry! :blink:

:laugh:

Yeah, but this toy made him a millionaire!

Preach
08-26-2009, 04:07 PM
And me hungry! :blink:

:laugh:
nice

MattHughesRocks
08-26-2009, 04:32 PM
Hi Ben :)

nice

Preach
08-26-2009, 04:38 PM
Hi Ben :)


Hey baby

KENTUCKYREDBONE
08-26-2009, 10:35 PM
It's a good thing I'm broke or I'd be ordering Pizza after reading that!

Chuck
08-26-2009, 10:39 PM
It's a good thing I'm broke or I'd be ordering Pizza after reading that!
Hey if I wasn't broke I'd be ordering a Camaro!!!!

VCURamFan
08-28-2009, 04:20 PM
Well if I wasn't broke I'd be paying back my student loans on time!:ninja: