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National Corvette Museum recovers final Corvette from Sinkhole

 

2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Ends Quest to Save Museum Corvettes

National Corvette MuseumBowling Green, KY – The last of the “Great 8” Corvettes has been pulled from the depths of the 40 foot wide by 60 foot deep sinkhole that collapsed within the Skydome building of the National Corvette Museum exactly eight weeks ago, marking the end of the first phase of rebuilding.

“We’re happy to have the completion of our major goal to recover all eight of the Corvettes,” said Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the Museum. “Next week we have a meeting with all the major players, including the construction team, geo-technical firm, cave and karst specialists, engineers, our insurance company and others to review all the findings and have discussions on the next steps and a mutual understanding about rebuilding.”

2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 is the last "Great 8" Corvette to be removed from the sinkhole. (National Corvette Museum)

2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 is the last “Great 8” Corvette to be removed from the sinkhole. (National Corvette Museum)

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Crews salvage third Corvette from sinkhole at National Corvette Museum

 

National Corvette MuseumBowling Green, Ky – It’s been almost three weeks since a 40′ wide, 60′ deep sinkhole opened up within the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum, taking eight prized Corvettes with it.

Construction and engineering teams have been hard at work since day one, putting a plan in place for the recovery of the cars and restoration of the building.

The recovery of the three most accessible Corvettes: the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1, a 1993 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Corvette and a 1962 Black Corvette commenced on Tuesday with all three cars being successfully saved.

Crews recover a 1962 Corvette from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum (National Corvette Museum)

Crews recover a 1962 Corvette from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum (National Corvette Museum)

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National Corvette Museum Retrieves First Corvette From Sinkhole

 

2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 Emerges Nearly Unscathed

National Corvette MuseumBowling Green, KY – Crowds of construction personnel, media, Museum visitors and staff cheered as the first Corvette, the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 emerged from the depths of the sinkhole this morning at approximately 10:35am CT. The process was streamed live on two of the Museum’s web cams with thousands of viewers tuning in all over the world.

“It’s wonderful… just seven more to go,” said Mike Murphy, construction manager for the project.

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National Corvette Museum holds conference on Sinkhole Repair and Car Recovery

 

National Corvette MuseumBowling Green, KY – On Wednesday, February 12th, a giant sinkhole collapsed inside the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum. Eight Corvettes fell into the sinkhole and were damage in the incident.

Today, Friday, February 13th, the Museum provided an update on the status of the sinkhole. Mike Murphy of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction led the conference.

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