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.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Omg Who cares already.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I heard the started the first car up - a ZR1. I know there are a lot of smart car guys there, but you cannot convince me that cranking a car that has been sitting at odd angles and possibly leaking is a good idea. No need to demonstrate "reliability" on a car that's been in the hole for a month and has some cosmetic damage. Get it into a shop, drain the fluids and do it right. Seems like it was rushed to me.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I'm sure they inspected it for leaks many times. It's dry sumped so odd angles aren't that big a deal. That car was sitting relatively flat too. Many of the other cars, like Ruby or the black one have been at crazy enough angles they surely won't try to start them. GM can find a whole new LS9 to put in there if necessary. I wouldn't sweat it too much.
          • 1 Year Ago
          I agree that it isn't a big deal, but you can see at the end of the startup video that it's leaking a lot of oil.
        • 1 Year Ago
        They're only meant for show and GM is going to fully restore them anyway so what does it matter?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought this was a hoax? Lol
      • 1 Year Ago
      For over 60 years now, GM has gotten away with putting out "junk." Corvettes have NEVER been a quality car; if you think differently, you've never owned one! The sinkhole is merely, "poetic justice."
        • 1 Year Ago
        The trolls come out of the wood work for Corvettes it seems.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That blue ZR1 sure got off easy.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first car is supposedly being pulled out today (according to an FB post from LG Motorsports), but I haven't been able to get to the webcams to watch.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow the ZR1 survived VERY nicely considering its body is made of plastic...Does it have a salvage title now? Ill give them $1000 for it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny watching the videos. It looks like your typical state worker job. Tons of fat guys standing around doing nothing, while a small group is all that's needed. That said, I found it interesting how they actually lifted the red Vette by only two wheels! I would have thought they would want to secure it better than that.
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