John Schnatter embarked on a nationwide road trip this summer to find the beloved 1971 Z28 Camaro he sold more than 25 years ago in order to help his dad’s tavern survive, and ultimately launch Papa John’s Pizza. And when he found it, Papa John’s paid $250,000 to Jeff Robinson from Flatwoods, Kentucky. And to celebrate the victory, they’re offering a free pizza to Camaro owners today.
To redeem, Camaro owners must arrive at their nearby Papa John’s restaurant in their Camaro to order and pick up their free pizza. Limit one pizza per Camaro, and one visit per Camaro.
“The Camaro represents what I gave up to start Papa John’s,” said Schnatter. “Words cannot capture the emotions I am feeling in getting back that part of my history. I didn’t have much back then, but for my business dreams to come true, I had to part with the one true asset I had to my name, and even then, there were no promises of success. I never gave up hope that someday I would get that car back.
“The foundation of Papa John’s was built on my decision to sell the Camaro, and while it may not appear to be a huge sacrifice to some, it represents my roots in this business. And, perhaps it can serve as proof to others that hard decisions today can pay off for you later, if you’re willing to believe in what you are doing. I’m extremely grateful for the success of Papa John’s, and really wanted this critical piece of our history back.”
Go on, Camaro drivers – your free lunch awaits!