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    Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    Papa John's founder pays $250K for beloved Camaro

    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.


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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    That's awesome

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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    2nd gen Camaros are the best IMO. I'm glad he found his first car, I'm never selling mine so I won't ever have to pay $250,000 it years down the line.
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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    wow great reunion...
    Now we all hope its detailed with Meguiar's

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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    Wait.....free pizza to all Camaro owners on Wednesday? Dang it, we sold our Camaro 3 months ago!



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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    Cool story. Enjoy your free pizza Camaro owners.
    quality creates its own demand

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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    Nice!

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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    I sold my Camaro 8 days ago.
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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    Wish I had a Camaro. That's cool he bought it back, but that's a lot of money...well not for him

    Someone needs to tell him not to sit on the hood
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    Re: Now this is cool, super super cool!! 250k camaro

    I think this qualifies him as "car crazy".

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