This morning at the National Corvette Museum, construction workers successfully lifted the first of the eight fallen Corvettes from the massive sinkhole that opened inside the Sky Dome last month. The first Corvette to make it back to street level was the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil which had landed upright on top of the pile.
Utilizing a number of straps, workers secured the Blue Devil Corvette to one of two cranes inside the building and lifted the car out of the sinkhole around 11:30 am Monday morning. The NCM set up a live video stream on ustream and between that and the live webcams inside the Sky Dome, we had a first row seat to watch the recovery.
After the Corvette touched down on the concrete floor, the Blue Devil’s supercharged LS9 roared to life and was driven outside under its own power. A remarkable moment to say the least.
We’ll have some higher quality video coming soon but in the meantime, check out these two clips the NCM uploaded to their YouTube channel:
Now that the first Corvette is out of the sinkhole, workers will turn their attention to the black 1962 Corvette that’s resting upright against a 5-ton slab of concrete. That extraction will require the simultaneous lifting of the car and the concrete slab.
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