[VIDEO] A Truckload of New C8 Corvettes Goes Up In Flames

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[VIDEO] Truckload of New C8 Corvettes Goes Up In Flames


We knew that the new C8 Corvettes were hot, but we didn’t think that the high demand would cause them to literally catch on fire!

A video posted to the C8 Corvette Owners (and Friends) Facebook Page show firefighters attempting to put out a fire that occurred on a Jack Cooper auto transport carrying a load of brand new Corvettes to dealers. The fire was said to have occurred in the early morning hours about 15-30 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee. As the Bowling Green Assembly Plant is just an hour north of Nashville, it looks like the transport didn’t make it far before the flames started.

The originator of the video is named Corieblue Fickes and he says he stuck around until molten cars started flying around. We do see some mini explosions in the video that sent debris flying through the air.

As each Jack Cooper transport can carry up to 10 new Corvettes at a time, we have to believe this loss for General Motors is estimated to be around $900,000 if all 10 Corvettes were lost in the fire.

But the good news according to one poster on the Corvette Facebook page is that they will now be offered at just $5K over MSRP! Just kidding of course, but we do know there are going to be some sad people out there today whose wait for a new C8 just got longer.

Check out the video here, and fyi, there is a bit of salty language as the OP watches the Corvettes burn:


UPDATE
Our friend Adam Ellison sent us three photos showing the aftermath of the fire and it looks like that just the first trailer section of new C8 Corvettes were lost. So maybe some good news here after all!

[VIDEO] A Truckload of New C8 Corvettes Goes Up In Flames

[VIDEO] A Truckload of New C8 Corvettes Goes Up In Flames

[VIDEO] A Truckload of New C8 Corvettes Goes Up In Flames


Road & Track picked up the story and they got an official statement from a Chevrolet spokesperson:

On Tuesday evening, a hauler carrying a load of new Corvettes caught fire in Tennessee after the driver pulled into a truck stop to investigate an issue with the truck. Fortunately, the driver of the truck is okay. Our vehicle logistics supplier is investigating. As we learn more, we will reach out to affected dealers and customers.


Source:
C8 Corvette Owners (and Friends) / Facebook

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely awful to see those C8’s go up in flames like that. The demand of that car is so high losing any certainly won’t help matters.

  2. HEY DANIEL

    WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT ?
    THERE IS MORE DEMAND THAN THE C7, AND WHEN SUPPLY CHAINS ARE FIXED,
    IT WILL OUT SELL THE C7.

    AND THE C8 Z51 OUT PERFORMS THE C7 Z51

    AL

  3. I hate it especially for the buyers who were excited their new C8 was on the way. I guess they now return to the back of the line and wait until all the cars going to Japan, Australia and New Zealand have been delivered and if anything is left over, maybe they’ll eventually get their car that was originally destroyed by a carrier contracted to deliver the car they had dreamed about and had probably been saving for a good while.

  4. Daniel, the C8 has definitely had some bad luck associated with it in it’s first two years in production. But that hasn’t stopped it from being in high demand sales wise.

  5. AR, not in the looks department it hasn’t! The C7 design was universally loved by most, the C8 isn’t. As many people who like the new C8 also hate it! They feel it doesn’t even look like a Corvette. Another complaint is that it’s trying to be a something it’s not, which is a Ferrari or McLaren wannabe. Performance wise you are correct, it outperforms the C7 head to head. But performance numbers alone don’t tell the whole story.

  6. How the [email protected]$ this happened? Truck engine caught fire and no extinguisher in Cab?… The driver is an idiot because at least $500 K worth in vehicles is gone, and a lot of people will be seriously pissed…

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