Attending the Goodguys PPG Nationals is a treat for all that go. But for two event goers, the excitement of the weekend ended when they went to travel back home- finding their cars missing out of their respective hotel parking lots. It is unfortunate that we must report this tragic news brought to us by The Columbus Dispatch.
The Goodguys PPG Nationals was held July 8th through the 10th at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Both Alan Pound, owner of a ‘68 metallic blue Camaro RS/SS, and Bill Paradee, driver of his son’s ‘68 metallic burgundy Chevelle, were staying at hotels on Dublin-Granville Rd. for the event. On the morning of July 10th, both men discovered that someone had taken their cars out of the hotel parking lots during the night.
With nothing else that could be done, the men reported their cars missing with Columbus police who valued Pound’s Camaro at $50,000 and Paradee’s Chevelle at $30,000. Information was also circulated on the internet about both cars. Fliers were taken to custom automotive suppliers regarding Paradee’s car by Bill Paradee’s wife.
After spending hundreds of hours building their cars exactly how they wanted them, meticulously prepping them in every way, the muscle car owners are now left only to search and wait for news on their prized rides. Both men seem to agree that just having the cars back in one piece would be plenty. Mrs. Paradee said it best about the situation. “It’s not the money we want,” she stated. “It’s the memories.”
What a horrible way to end a classic-car inspired weekend. Hopefully both cars will turn up with minimal damage. If you have any information regarding the theft or whereabouts of either of these cars, the Columbus police ask that you call them at (614) 645-4545.