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Free pizza today at Papa John's for Camaro owners

August 26, 2009 |  3:25 pm

Own a Camaro? Go get yourself a free pizza.

John Schnatter, founder of the pizza chain Papa John’s, is so thrilled to have discovered the long-lost car that he sold in 1983 to start the business, he’s offering the freebie today to his Camaro-driving brethren.

Schnatter set off on a summer-long saga (read: publicity blitz) to find the 1971 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro whose sale more than 25 years ago gave him the funding to launch Papa John’s.

He found it with Jeff Robinson, one of the roughly 7,600 residents of Flatwood, Ky. Robinson gave up the Camaro in exchange for a $250,000 reward. The vehicle, which seems to have most of its original body parts, is returning to the company’s Louisville, Ky. headquarters.

The homecoming will also be savory for other owners of the muscle-car model, who can take home one large, single-topping pizza today if they drive up to Papa John’s locations in their Camaros.

Papa

-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo: Papa John's