Try not to cry.
This is one of those times when it's okay to be upset. It's completely understandable, especially for Corvette fans. Early this past Wednesday morning, a truckload of brand new C8 Corvettes went up in flames just north of Nashville, Tennessee. The Bowling Green, Kentucky Corvette factory, where this shipment originated from, is only an hour north of Nashville. The truck never made it to its final destination.
A video posted on the C8 Corvette Owners (And Friends) Facebook page, originally from Corieblue Fickes, shows the heroic efforts of firefighters to put out the blaze. There was nothing they could do to save the cars.
The first video clearly reveals most of the truck engulfed in flames, and the second video below shows the firefighters trying their best to douse the fire. Please note there is some naughty language. Corvette Blogger claims the Jack Cooper transport truck was hauling at least 10 Vettes. The estimated total loss is around $900,000, assuming all were charred.
We don't know yet what caused the fire but an investigation is underway. The good news is that the truck's driver escaped unharmed and no other injuries were reported. How this will affect dealerships and, equally important, expectant customers, is also unknown but it's fair to assume all parties will be compensated with new cars.
That might take some time since the Corvette remains in high demand. There's a good chance there'll be a year-long wait if you were to walk into a Chevy dealer right now and place an order. Fortunately, the semiconductor chip shortage crisis has not affected Corvette production as badly as other popular GM models.
Production on the right-hand-drive version for overseas markets like the UK and Australia has also begun. Imagine for a moment one of these cooked C8s was yours and delivery were supposed to be in only a few days. It's almost unbearable to think about.