Photo Credit: National Corvette Museum
When Kevin Helmintoller donated his 2001 Mallet Hammer Corvette Z06 to the National Corvette Museum in late 2013, never in a million years would he have believed that the car would be lost a few months later in a catastrophic accident. But on the morning of February 12th this year, the ground gave way under the Corvette Museum’s SkyDome and swallowed eight Corvettes, the first being Helmintoller’s donated Z06.
When Humpty Dumpty took his big tumble a few years back, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. Well, the King obviously didn’t choose the right people for the job—he should have contacted the talented craft workers of the Design Fabrication Operation at General Motors’ Global Design Center in Warren, Mich.
You see, in addition to their normal duties fabricating and assembling many of GM’s top design study vehicles and futuristic show cars, they have undertaken a task akin to putting Humpty back together—restoring to its previous glory, the 1 Millionth Corvette convertible that was heavily damaged when it was swallowed by the National Corvette Museum’s sinkhole back in February.
Work to repair the sinkhole damage at the National Corvette Museum remains on track as construction entered its third week in Bowling Green Monday.
The Skydome is still expected to open again in July.
First, though, workers on Monday were using two pieces of equipment to remove rocks from the sinkhole, one of which was a limestone boulder the size of a small car. They drilled metal clips into the rock to help their effort.
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Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was at the National Corvette Museum on Tuesday to take delivery of two new 2015 Corvette Z06s. The two Corvette Z06s were VIN 001 and VIN 003 and not only does Rick take delivery of the first Corvette Z06, his Corvette Z06 is also the first Z06 to be delivered to a customer, courtesy of the R8C Museum Delivery Program.
If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to get a new Corvette Stingray coupe this year, you’d better get cracking — 2015 is just around the corner. As usual, you can depend on our friends at the National Corvette Museum to help you with your dilemma.
In addition to the first 2015 Corvette Z06 raffle that will be held later this week, the NCM still has two more Stingray raffles on their agenda for 2014, offering a 2015 Arctic White Stingray coupe to the winner of the December 5, 2014 raffle and a 2015 Laguna Blue Stingray coupe for the December 18, 2014 raffle.
If a new Corvette Z06 is on your holiday wish list, you may want to give want to give the jolly old elf (no, not your uncle Leo, Santa Claus) a helping hand. A Z06 is tough to wrap and might not easily fit into Santa’s sleigh, not to mention giving Dancer, Prancer et al. a tough flight. Rather than ask Santa, the National Corvette Museum has better idea for you.
Last week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the National Corvette Museum’s Sinkhole was a topic of conversation for many Corvette enthusiasts but this time its in the news for all the right reasons. Chevrolet used the spotlight of SEMA to showcase the completed restoration of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil prototype that was damaged after falling into the sinkhole that opened up in the middle of the NCM’s skydome in February.
We first told you about the 1986 ChEaparral J2J ‘Sucker Vette’ back in 2008 when it was part of the $2007 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge.
To refresh your memory, the Sucker Vette was the result of 3,000 hours of hard work by a group of Proctor & Gamble engineers. To compete in the $2007 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge, participants had to build a car for less than $2007, then use it in a series of competitions.