This forum and the blog capacity of this site is a great place for all of us to take some time out and find a picture of the car that got away and post it with its story. I think it would be a great way to celebrate the marvelous vehicles we have played with in our lives.
This is an invitation, if not a challenge, to reach back in your fond memories and share the cars, trucks and bikes that you miss, even a little. And we all will enjoy this with you.
PRESS RELEASE: LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Twenty-five years ago, "Papa" John Schnatter sold his beloved '72 Z28 Camaro to fund his other passion: delivering a superior-quality pizza to residents in his hometown of Jeffersonville, IN (near Louisville, KY). Now, as Papa John's celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2009, Schnatter's two loves - his Camaro and delivering Better Ingredients, Better Pizza - have been reunited. But this time around, with more than 3,400 Papa John's restaurants worldwide, Papa is no longer limited to the Louisville area...he's coming to YOUR neighborhood. That's right - Papa's In the House!
Beginning today, Papa John's will launch a new ad campaign letting everyone know that the next time they order a Papa John's pizza for delivery, they should pay special attention to the person at the door. It might very well be Papa John himself, driving a replica of the '72 Z28 Camaro that he sold to purchase the equipment for his first restaurant, located in a broom closet of his father's tavern.
The ads, shot over a two-day period throughout Louisville by Papa John' advertising agency, Z Group, feature Schnatter personally delivering pizzas and being welcomed into real customers' homes. No paid actors were used in any of the footage.
"We've been making our pizza with Better Ingredients for 25 years," said Schnatter, "and we're still making them the very same way; we're just making more of them. This campaign excites me because it provides me the opportunity to get out there and be with our customers."
In addition to the TV spots, the "Papa's In the House" campaign will include a new website, banner ads featuring the Camaro, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube integration, boxtoppers, and a special offer for the "Founder's Favorite" - John's favorite pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, and a six-cheese blend.
But the ad campaign is just the beginning of Schnatter's personal home pizza deliveries. Later this month, the Papa John's founder will embark on a nationwide road trip - behind the wheel of a '72 Z28 Camaro - to meet personally with his legion of team members and loyal customers, all the while telling the story of how he's living and breathing the American Dream. Fans of Papa John may log on to www.papajohnsinthehouse.com to see photos and videos of his adventures and see which cities he'll be visiting.
Mike, Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately, I'm behind the times, don't have Facebook or Twitter. I do not believe I have any pics of the car either. May be a tough one, probably would recognize it if I saw it again... or hope I would :) -Brian
I REALLY WISH I HAD KEPT THIS CAR!
It seems to me I wrote about this car before, but I cannot locate the story, so here goes: MGBs were notoriously unreliable and the used roadsters I owned were no real exceptions. I had several and some were actually just parts cars. The one that was the exception was a 1967 green MGB GT Special. This car was given one of the 1000 dealer promotional packages. I drove it in the late 70's and early '80s as a daily driver, for four or five years without breaking down once. I had two preschool daughters and I rigged up seat belts and harnesses for them and we went all over the place. I even went to several SCCA events until they outlawed wire wheels.
The 1967 MGB GT Special was, essentially, a marketing effort to generate interest in the GT here in North America. A strong advertising campaign was begun promoting the "First Anniversary MGB GT Special" which promoted the advantages of the GT plus special equipment added at no extra cost.
This equipment came to the MG dealers in a kit form and could be added to any GT in stock, thus the cars are not in a series in any particular group of serial numbers, nor were they an 'official' factory model. The kits included a special fender plaques, a wood rimmed Moto-Lita style steering wheel, and a wooden shift knob. Some were to have had a racing type 'bullet' mirror for the left front fender, but mine was either removed or was never there. I added bullet mirrors to both fenders after I bought it used. Mine had beautiul wire wheels with spinner knock off hubs and I put on white wall radial tires. One thing that was quite different in mine was the factory installed air!
After I remarried, we had "her car", "my car", and the MGB GT. I had done a lot of work on it and it looked great and ran like a top. I could really tune the twin SUs carbs by then! But with a family, work and side jobs, it was mostly sitting in the drive way. I wanted one of those new IBM PCs for work and a friend offered to trade me for one. It was twice as valuable as the car, but he said, "PCs depreciate and collector cars mostly appreciate, so some day we will be equal"! It made sense somehow so I did the trade. The PC has long ago been trashed and I really wish I had kept that car! :-)