First Sinkhole Corvette Rescued with Minor Damage

30-foot drop has nothing on the 2009 ZR-1 “Blue Devil”.

The first of eight historic Corvettes was rescuedyesterday from deep within the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum inBowling Green, Kentucky. Surviving a 30-foot fall, the ZR-1 was in good enoughcondition to drive itself out of the museum’s Skydome, following initialinspection. The sinkhole erupted suddenly in the night of February 12,swallowing eight classic Vettes that were on display in Kentucky, including twoon loan from General Motors.

The Corvette Museum has vowed to restore alldamaged models, and has cleared the rest of its collection to safety. "The'Blue Devil' is in remarkable shape," said John Spencer, manufacturingintegration manager for Corvette. "Cosmetically, the carbon fiber runningboards are shattered, there's some minor paint damage, and a small crack in thewindshield. Mechanically, the worst damage is a split in the oil-supply linefor the 6.2L LS9 V-8. If you fixed that, you could drive the ZR-1 back toDetroit." The remaining models will be recovered in the next two months,starting with a 1962 Corvette and the 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette.

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