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The 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Mallett Hammer Z06 has been plucked out of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, but it definitely couldn't drive away like the 2009 ZR1 did when it came out. With the Mallet finally recovered, all eight 'Vettes that went into the hole are finally out after eight weeks of work. As you probably know, a 40-foot wide and 60-foot deep hole appeared in the museum's Skydome in early February, enveloping some of the rarest cars on display. General Motors plans to restore them, but they will go on display as-is at the museum for the next few months.

The 700-horsepower and 575-pound-feet-of-torque Mallett Hammer was one of the two cars that were hidden under rocks and dirt when the sinkhole swallowed the cars. It was found upside down and was destroyed beyond recognition by some of the heavy boulders that landed on it. "I expected bad, but it's 100 times worse. It looks like a piece of tin foil ... and it had a roll cage in it! It makes all the other cars look like they're brand new," said Mallett-donator Kevin Helmintoller in the official museum statement.

All eight Corvettes will go on display at the museum next week in an exhibit called Great 8 and remain there until NCM's 20th anniversary celebration on August 27-30. The museum's next step is to meet with the construction team, geo-technical firm and insurance company to decide how to repair the Skydome. Scroll down to watch videos of the cars being extricated.















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2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Ends Quest to Save Museum Corvettes

The last of the "Great 8" Corvettes has been pulled from the depths of the 40 foot wide by 60 foot deep sinkhole that collapsed within the Skydome building of the National Corvette Museum exactly eight weeks ago, marking the end of the first phase of rebuilding.

"We're happy to have the completion of our major goal to recover all eight of the Corvettes," said Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the Museum. "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."

The 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 was one of two Corvettes that's whereabouts were initially unknown after the sinkhole happened. The car was finally discover this Monday, upside down with the nose pointing towards the red Spire in the center of the room. It is, by far, the most heavily damaged of all eight Corvettes.

"It looks like the worst one... a lot of parts and pieces," said Mike Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction. "It took a lot of punishment from a lot of big rocks."

The Mallett Hammer was donated to the Museum this past December by Kevin and Linda Helmintoller of Land O' Lakes, Florida, Lifetime Members of the Museum and previous R8C Museum Delivery participants. Upon hearing the car had been located, Kevin traveled to Kentucky to witness the rescue operation. "I expected bad, but it's 100 times worse," he said. "It looks like a piece of tin foil... and it had a roll cage in it! It makes all the other cars look like they're brand new."

Strode had forewarned Helmintoller that the car would be in bad shape and he might not want to watch the recovery process. "Honestly though, I'm still glad I'm here because I would have never believed it was this bad. I'm not positive I would have recognized it - there are just a few little pieces that give it away."

Helmintoller added that he sent pictures of the damaged car to his engine builder, who (jokingly) was quick to point out that the motor was not covered under warranty.

Kevin and Linda spent 13 years modifying the Corvette, a car they purchased new in 2001. The Mallett Hammer conversion was completed in June 2002 and since then has had many AntiVenom LSX Performance modifications with the car boasting 700hp with 575 torque at the flywheel. The car's speed achievements helped it score a cover of GM High Tech Performance magazine.

"We donated this car to the Museum to help with the continued growth, but also because it could be a good vehicle for training other drivers at the new NCM Motorsports Park," Helmintoller said in December upon donating the car.

A "Great 8" display will officially open next week in the Museum's Exhibit Hall and the sinkhole Corvettes will be available for viewing, as-is, through the Museum's 20th Anniversary Event August 27-30, 2014.

Links to photos, videos and information related to the sinkhole are available on the Museum's website at www.corvettemuseum.org. For the latest updates visit the Museum's Facebook Fan page at www.facebook.com/corvettemuseum.

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      Ross
      • 10 Months Ago
      Very sad...now, if that sinkhole happened at a Congressional meeting that would be a totally different story...
      robert
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's silly to try and fix this one. There's nothing left!
        montoym
        • 10 Months Ago
        @robert
        Being that it appears to be the worst off, maybe they could keep it in this condition and showcase it that way as a reminder of the incident. I know they are showing them in their unrestored condition while the restorations take place, but maybe this one can be a permanent display in this condition? Of course, it's all up to the owner of the car to determine which direction they want to go. You can always build another similar car if desired, not like it was a priceless one-off in this case like some of the others.
      Griffen W
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow... That is one mangled piece of machinery. Quite personally I'd leave it as is as a memorial to to the museum and the other Corvettes. There is no way to restore that, you can reproduce it and possibly salvage some parts, but it will always be a reproduction of the original not a restoration.
      Termin8
      • 10 Months Ago
      I can't imagine that there's anything reusable on those couple bad ones. To say that they might be "rebuilt" is so far from the truth.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well, the Mallet got flattened. I will cease making "Corvette sinkhole edition" jokes. Seeing this one is no joke, it really is destroyed. Sad, yet thank God no people were hurt or injured. +
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 10 Months Ago
      Ugh! Why can't we get away from this story? "Cars Fell in a Hole". "Cars Extracted from a Hole". Story over!
        Miznitic
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ryan Andrew Martin
        Why can't we get away from people complaining about stories? If you're not interested, move on.
      jay4e
      • 10 Months Ago
      well the 62 looks easily restorable, so thats a win. the others well most of them dont look that much worse than they did before they fell in the hole...
      Stinkyboy
      • 10 Months Ago
      it'll buff out.
        PTC DAWG
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Easy...use some cleaner wax and some elbow grease..
      superchan7
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hmm, that Fix-A-Dent might not work on this one.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Can we fix it? No it's ******!
      dadslife83
      • 10 Months Ago
      Perhaps this group should be permanently known and displayed as C8. The Corvette team and the rest of us should refer to the next redesign as C9 remembering their honor. What a tragedy!
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