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Pizza Guy's Camaro Lost, Found, Lost and Found Again

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On: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:33PM | By: Gary P Garry

Pizza Guy's Camaro Lost, Found, Lost and Found Again

If you only had a crystal ball, you could have avoided some mistakes that came back to haunt you later when you had gained additional knowledge. Along these lines, I would imagine that just about everyone has sold something that they wish they had back at some point in time.

Personally, I have had this experience more often than I like to remember. I would say that I could be considered the poster child of “learning by experience”.

The first time I stubbed my toe in this manner was right before I went to college. My first car was a 1970 Chevrolet Impala convertible, with the 350 four-barrel carburetor. It was sweet, but I was going to be spending four years in Boston, and I heard that a car was a liability in the big city.

I sold the car at a fair price considering the fact that it was cool, but it wasn't a classic, because it was only eight years old. These days, if I had that car, I would be in hog heaven. In fact, I always have an eye out for one, and, by the way, if you see one, let me know (but it has to be soft metallic blue).

After the car, there was my first electric guitar, a Rickenbacker. In college, I was hurting for money, and my roommate had a spare guitar. I sold the 1960s-era Rickenbacker, once again, for a fair price, but it would make a spectacular addition to my collection if I had it today.

While cruising the automotive news earlier, I found a comforting article. It seems as though I am not the only one who has had his regrets when it comes to possessions of the past.

The guy who founded the Papa John's pizza chain, John Schnatter, scored himself a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 way back in the day. As luck would have it, he needed money in 1983 to rescue his family's business and start his first pizza shop, and the car was a source of capital.

Over the years, the car never left his mind, and he ultimately offered a quarter of a million dollars if it could be found. He did, in fact, locate the car a few years ago, and he made it part of his collection.

End of story, right? Well, as it turns out, he lost the car again when it was stolen at a Detroit area classic car event recently. That's the bad news for John, but the good news is that the roller coaster swung back his way when it was found by police a couple of days later.

What's the moral of the tale? I'm not sure, but I'll tell you this: Life is too short for bad beer and Papa John's pizza.

(Disclaimer: My personal opinions on pizza and beer do not necessarily reflect the views of this website.)


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