Final Corvette Recovered From Sinkhole at National Corvette Museum

By | April 10, 2014
It was a sad day for Corvette and automotive enthusiasts alike when the news broke that a sinkhole opened up at the National Corvette Museum, swallowing eight prized models. There were one or two that came away relatively unscathed, but the rest weren't so lucky and a few were unidentified. However, the last of the fallen Corvettes has been pulled from the wreckage. But which one was it? The 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06. This was one of two models that was unaccounted for after the sinkhole and was found earlier this week with its nose pointing towards the center of the room. Found upside down, the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 is by far the most damaged of all eight models. "We're happy to have the completion of our major goal to recover all eight of the Corvettes. Next week we have a meeting with all the major players, including the construction team, geo-technical firm, cave and karst specialists, engineers, our insurance company, and others to review all the findings and have discussions on the next steps and a mutual understanding about rebuilding," said Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the Museum, in a statement.
Last December, Kevin and Linda Helmintoller, lifetime members of the museum and previous R8C Museum Delivery participants, donated the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 to the National Corvette Museum. The couple spent 13 years modifying the Corvette. It features many AntiVenom LSX Performance mods that have boosted its horsepower to 700 with 575 lb.-ft. of torque, helping it score the cover of GM High Tech Performance magazine. Source: National Corvette Museum