The Woodward Dream Cruise is often a time for some attendees to window shop the iconic sheetmetal that may be for sale, as long-time owners look to part ways with their vehicles after decades of ownership. But, sometimes, those will darker motives have a different idea of how they’ll get their hands on a classic car.
Papa John’s corporate headquarters sent the iconic 1972 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 from Kentucky to be displayed at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise, after a Papa John’s franchise owner on Woodward Avenue was selected for the honor. After the festivities had died down, unidentified suspects were caught on camera hitching the white and black trailer storing the 1972 Camaro Z/28 to a black Chevrolet Silverado and driving away, stealing the prized vehicle, according to local WXYZ.
The 1972 Camaro Z/28 was originally owned by Papa John’s found, John Schnatter, who sold the car to help his father as he filed for bankruptcy. Using that money, he began the first Papa John’s from the back of his father’s tavern.
Schnatter relocated the 1972 Camaro Z/28 years ago, and paid $250,000 to own the car once again.
So far, the truck used to haul the Camaro away has been found, but the trailer, wearing Kentucky license plates, and the car have not.