National Corvette Museum Crane

Recovery and reconstruction efforts at the National Corvette Museum are moving forward on schedule since a sinkhole erupted in the middle of the museum's Skydome about two weeks ago. As of a few days ago, a crane was in place on a reinforced portion of floor to begin lifting the rare copies of America's favorite sports car from the Earth.

As expected, it has taken a few weeks to stabilize the building and ensure its safety before the crane could be brought in. The recovery team had hoped to have the cars removed by March 5, but it appears that it will take somewhat longer than that. Still, with the lifter now on scene, the Corvettes can finally start to be removed. Once extricated, the eight 'Vettes will briefly be on display at the museum completely unrestored and then will be taken to the General Motors Mechanical Assembly facility to be repaired.

According to Dennis Smith, one of the engineers working on the project, movement in the complex is being continually monitored, but so far there have been no problems. Scroll down to check out the videos of the crane being moved into place and a time-lapse video of the work done last week.

UPDATE: The museum has begun extraciting the sinkhole cars, and lucky for us, they've let their cameras keep rolling. Scroll below for a multitude of additional videos, including the exhumation and subsequent cranking over of a ZR1.