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Two Corvettes Recovered

ZR1 and 40th Anniversary Coupe raised (2nd UPDATE)

Eric Kaminsky - March 03, 2014 04:00 PM

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2009 ZR1 prototype (the "Blue Devil") is lifted from the sinkhole on March 3.

Photo courtesy of the National Corvette Museum
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1993 40th Anniversary Coupe suffered major damage.

Photo courtesy of the National Corvette Museum
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1993 40th Anniversary Coupe suffered major damage.

Photo courtesy of the National Corvette Museum
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The black 1962 Corvette was recovered on March 4.

Photo courtesy of the National Corvette Museum
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Damage on the 1962 includes a cracked windshield and the front end.

Photo courtesy of the National Corvette Museum

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UPDATE: March 5  – Video of 1962 extraction added

UPDATE: Black 1962 removed, timeline established

Original story posted 4 pm March 3, 2014

 

Two of the eight Corvettes that fell into a sinkhole that developed in the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum on February 12 have been recovered.

The first to be retrieved on Monday, March 3 was the 2009 ZR1 prototype, nicknamed the “Blue Devil.” It took about an hour and a half to lift it out once the process started. Damage to the car was minimal, and it was even re-started and driven a short distance before an oil leak was noticed.

The second car removed was the Ruby Red 1993 40th Anniversary Coupe. It suffered more severe damage than the ZR1, including the front end and passenger side, and the rear window. It had to be placed on dollies to be rolled out.

Next up will be the 1962 black Corvette, but its recovery is complicated by the five-ton slab of concrete resting against it. Workers will attempt to move the concrete piece and raise the car simultaneously on Tuesday, March 4.

 

UPDATE: March 4, 2014

From Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode:

Today the construction and engineering team extracts the 1962. After that there will be additional work done to stabilize the red spire, the walls of the sinkhole and the area immediately around the walls. This will take approximately three weeks.

After this has been completed, the construction firm employees will begin removing the dirt, concrete, rebar, Stinger lift, safety barriers and everything else until the remaining five cars have been extracted. The timeline for this is approximately an additional three weeks.

Thanks for your patience during Operation Corvette +!

 

UPDATE: March 4, 2014 – Black 1962 removed

The black 1962 Corvette has been removed from the sinkhole, making it the third of eight cars recovered. The hood was removed, with lifting straps tied around the engine bay. The concrete piece that had rested against it was secured, and the car was able to be lifted free. The car appears to have only minor body damage.

A fourth Corvette, a red one, can now be seen.

  

Videos courtesy of the National Corvette Museum

ZR1 video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgTP5zoYylM

Anniversary Coupe video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utz3epUKChA&index=21&list=PL5Syfif2eF-PwKw8EkYQ3hW12km1LzacC

 

UPDATE: March 5, 2014 – Video of 1962 extraction added 

http://youtu.be/BWYBr3V2uho

 

 

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