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National Corvette Museum begins raising cars from sinkhole

Sinkhole in the Skydome.
Sinkhole in the Skydome.
National Corvette Museum

Workers did hell of a job retrieving a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil Corvette out of the sinkhole that swallowed it and five other prized vehicles at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. While the Blue Devil appeared to have only suffered some “minor damage that included cracks on lower door panels, a busted window and an oil line rupture that oozed oil, they were able to get it humming,” according to Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran, the Museum’s. 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette will need to have its body panels and window glass need replaced. However, “the vehicle is salvageable,” he stated. “The frame looks to be pretty straight, and it seems to be in good mechanical shape,” noting that the steering gear was operational.

Retrieving the rest of the cars, however, could be a lot trickier, and will first require stabilizing the sinkhole, which measures approximately 40 feet across and 60 feet deep, In fact, the Corvette museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli estimates that the whole recovery operation could take another 2-3 weeks. She also stated that the next car up will be the 1962 black Corvette, followed by a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

All the damaged cars will then be kept on exhibit at the museum until August 3rd, then they will be transferred to Chevrolet’s Michigan plant for restoration.