Two Corvettes pulled from Corvette Museum sinkhole, one manages to start
Eight Corvettes are being rescued from a freak sinkhole as the Internet watches every move.
Now, as photos, drone videos, webcam streams and countless posts across social media can attest, the first Vette was pulled out of the rubble some 30 feet below: a 2009 "Blue Devil" ZR1.
"It's wonderful ... just seven more to go," Mike Murphy, the museum's construction manager, was quoted saying on its blog.
Crews were extra careful lifting the 638-horsepower supercar from the wreckage, fitting it with extra straps in case the wheels fell off. But the ZR1, which originally sold for about $111,000, fired up after a few tries and drove out the museum door, although it was quickly shut off after fluids were found leaking from the undercarriage.
A 1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary Edition, nicknamed "Ruby," was the second car to get pulled out as of this afternoon. Needless to say, Ruby didn't start. A 1962 Stingray, the 1 millionth Vette built for 1992, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1993 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder concept, a 2001 Mallet Hammer and the 1.5 millionth Vette built for 2009 are waiting extraction. (Catch the cars as they emerge on the museum's Facebook page.)
The museum, just across the street from the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, has brilliantly turned the tables on what should have been a catastrophic insurance nightmare and lost ticket sales. Instead, they turned the accident into a public relations sensation. Of course, had anyone been in the museum after hours when the sinkhole emerged, things wouldn't have been so lighthearted and fun to watch. But since not a single person was hurt, it's a show the Internet has been watching nearly every day (and given the attention span of the Internet, that's impressive).
General Motors, in a PR coup of its own, will pay to restore all of the eight Corvettes that fell into the hole, but not before the museum displays the damaged cars with a special sinkhole exhibit this August. Hopefully, they'll make the floor a bit sturdier, because repeats like this, no matter how awesome they might appear on YouTube, may cause the entire building to be condemned.
Mr. Sanders, sometimes Mother Nature is in charge. Environmentalists can rest easy over this event. That area is a bit prone to sinkholes and has numerous famous cave systems in the surrounding area and there hasn't been any of that "shudder" fracking going on.
Underground aquifers are being drained faster than Nature can replenish them. Take all of the water out from underneath, and the surface caves in. Doesn't take a brain trust to figure that out. The cave may or may not occur in the immediate vicinity of the water draining process.
As we have more people and more development, more water gets sucked from below, therefore more surface cave-ins.
Same applies to oil and gas extraction. It's a big old planet, but the laws of physics still apply. No one wants to recognize it for fear of losing the money that flows coincident with the extraction.
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