2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Ends Quest to Save Museum Corvettes
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
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
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 ďGreat 8Ē display will
officially open next week in the Museumís Exhibit Hall and the sinkhole
Corvettes will be available for viewing, as-is, through the Museumís
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 Museumís Facebook Fan page at www.facebook.com/corvettemuseum.