Papa John's Founder Tackles Wild West On Nationwide Road Trip And $250,000 Camaro Search

Not even the Rocky Mountains can get in the way of Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter. As part of the company’s 25th Anniversary “Papa’s Road Trip” tour, Schnatter will stop in Denver on Monday, and Los Angeles on Tuesday, on a nationwide search to find the 1972 Z28 Camaro he sold in 1984 to open his first Papa John’s restaurant.

Schnatter will be driving a replica of his beloved Z28 in the Mile High City and City of Angels, the latest stops on his multi-city tour. He’s offering a $250,000 finder’s fee to the person who locates his original Camaro, which had such distinguishing features as a custom-installed sunroof and Indiana license plate 10z 54. Additional clues about the car can be found online at

“The Rockies are only a speed bump in my quest to locate the car credited for the start of Papa John’s,” said Schnatter. “I’ve promised everyone that I will leave no stone unturned as I search for my Camaro. Between the Rockies, Red Rocks, and Hollywood Hills, I’ll be facing a lot of stones, but I’m willing to go the distance.”

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