The National Corvette Museum is celebrating the successful recovery of five of the eight Corvettes which were swallowed by a sinkhole last month. The first to be rescued was the 2009 Corvette ZR1 ‘Blue Devil’ which, rather triumphantly, started up and drove off under its own power upon retrieval. The Blue Devil was the easiest of the lot to pull from the hole, with every rescue attempt since appearing harder and harder.
The 1.5 millionth Corvette ever made, a white 2009 C6 Convertible, and a 2001 C5 Z06 with a Mallett Hammer conversion are still trapped 30-feet beneath the Kentucky surface. The cars can barely be seen in the hole, covered in dirt and debris, and their extraction will prove to be the hardest yet. Judging by the rather rough shape the PPG Corvette Pace Car was in when it was pulled to safety, we expect the two remaining Corvettes to also be the hardest to restore.
The National Corvette Museum put together a short documentary showcasing the removal of the first five Corvettes. It features interviews with NCM employees and the construction workers tasked the extraction of the cars, as well as a video of the Blue Devil’s start up upon its rescue. Check it out below.