ZR1 Blue Devil Corvette Recovered From SinkholeBy: Val Powell - March 4, 2014
The National Corvette Museum has started recovering the eight cars that fell into the sinkhole that appeared in the museum last month.
The museum, which is located near the assembly plant where Corvettes are built, houses more or less 80 vehicles. The sinkhole appeared in the museum’s Skydome and swallowed eight vehicles. The hole has grown to 30 feet deep and 40 feet across. Cars that fell into the hole include a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette, 2001 Mallet Hammer Z06 Corvette, 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, 1992, White 1 Millionth Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1962 Black Corvette, 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil, and the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder.
The first vehicle to make it out of the sinkhole is the “Blue Devil” that made its way out of the doorway using its own power. The “Blue Devil” was driven a short distance and the only problem that they saw so far was an oil leak.
Museum authorities reported that the vehicle came out nearly intact, but Chevrolet will still meticulously inspect it. Chevrolet has also offered to restore all the cars that fell into the hole, and all of them will be displayed in the museum for the public until August 3.
A timeline for the other vehicles’ recovery was also provided by the museum. Next to be recovered is the Ruby Red 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette, followed by the 1962 Black Corvette that will be recovered tomorrow. The latter is said to be tricky to retrieve as a big concrete slab is partially resting on the front part of the car. They will be using two cranes to lift the concrete slab and the car at the same time.
The museum has positioned webcams throughout the Skydome and time-lapse videos have been provided by the museum on their official YouTube channel.
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