Monday, August 31, 2009

Papa John's pizza founder finally located and bought back his '71 Camaro

Papa John's pizza founder John Schnatter publisized a search for his 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

Schnatter sold the car in 1983 for $2,800 to help keep his family's then-struggling tavern afloat and to start his Louisville-based pizza empire. For their help in finding the car, the car's current owner, 165 miles away in Flatwooods, Ky., received $250,000, and the buyer Schnatter sold it to 26 years ago got $25,000.

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 Schnatter's reunion with his beloved ride, Papa John's will offer a free pizza to all Camaro owners Wednesday. Pizza lovers must drive their Camaros to a Papa John's location for verification.

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