The sinkhole that opened up in the National Corvette Museum last week was bad news for any Corvette enthusiast. But the reports were especially hard to read, and the videos even harder to watch for Kevin and Linda Helmintoller, whose 2001 C5 Z06 Mallet Hammer was one of eight cars that was swallowed up by mother earth.
Instead of sitting at home, the Helmintollers drove 13 hours from their home in Tampa, FL to the NCM in Bowling Green, KY to see the sinkhole, and hopefully their car, for themselves. The Helmintollers loaned the car to the museum only 6 weeks before the sinkhole opened, and hadn’t even gotten the chance to see their pride and joy on display before it fell into the hole. Unfortunately, when they arrived, they discovered their car was yet to even be seen by workers and was buried deepest in the hole.
Recovery teams are expecting to have all the Corvettes out of the hole within two weeks. The cars will then be en route to General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI for restoration, though the Helmintollers think their car will never be quite the same again. Check out WBKO‘s interview with the Helmintollers below (video might not be friendly to some mobile devices):