NCM – Mallett Hammer Update 4/09/14 Part II

So it ends, at least the recovery part of the ill-fated  “Great 8″ as dubbed by the National Corvette Museum folks.

The Mallett Hammer comes to the surface.

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As with a couple of the others – this is how I expected to see them come to the surface.

From the NCM:

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.

GM has said they would restore them.  I look at this one and the Spyder and say “Really?”   Same VIN number perhaps…not a lot more.

Although the recovery is completed – other than fishing out the top parts of the “Hammer” there is still a long way to go for rebuilding that part of the museum and restoring the cars.

I hope GM keeps great video records and that they release them to the public to allow us to keep track of the progress.  That ought to be a good History Channel – nearly live - documentary, yes?   For sure a dedicated YouTube channel. (Not sure live 24 hour camera coverage would be of much value.)

I’ve hyped the National Corvette Museum and urging folks to donate and I still do (Here’s the link again. Donate Click Here ) they need the assistance.  But that’s because Corvettes are my thing (one of them, anyway), but there are a lot of car museum’s across the country that are doing a great job preserving vehicles of interest.

Right here in Tucson, Az is the Franklin Museum with a very nice collection of Franklin cars.   Find one near you!!

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Mallett Hammer Corvette – Found in the NCM Sinkhole! NOPE!!!

Looks like previous reports of finding the Mallett Hammer Corvette was incorrect.

Looks like we have the reared body for the PPG Pace Car.

Looks like we have the rearend of the body for the PPG Pace Car.














Seventh Down, One Mallett Hammer Corvette to Go:   In less than a week, the 1.5 Millionth Corvette…

Mallett Hammer Corvette – National Corvette Museum







Stay tuned.

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Mallett Hammer Corvette – Found in the NCM Sinkhole!

Found but not yet complete uncovered.

Here is the shot provided by the National Corvette Museum.

The Hammer was a C5 Z06

The Hammer was a 2001  C5 Z06












By the looks of it, it will come no where near the condition of a first few cars pulled from the sink hole.

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1,500,000th Corvette 4/2/2014 – C6 Convertible

I watched part of the day (stupid budget meeting!!! Cry)  as they dug around the 1.5 millionth Corvette.Currently it is lays at the bottom of the of the sink hole.


1.5 Millionth C6

1.5 Millionth C6














One of the best looking Vette paint scheme wise.

One of the best looking Vette paint scheme wise.



















Enough said.

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National Corvette Museum Update 4/2/2014 – Spyder’s Hood

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The Spyder hood has been found! Thanks Timmy with SMD for taking this pic. They also found a badge that had come off the car that was also autographed.

That's Great!!!  Look at all the signatures....HEY...LET'S NOT RESTORE THIS HOOD!!!!

That’s Great!!! Look at all the signatures….HEY…LET’S NOT RESTORE THIS HOOD!!!!


Update from the Construction Managment company, Scott Murphy and Daniel from yesterday afternoon: We are continuing to carefully excavate around the 1.5M Vette. With the limited space, heavy rock boulders, and its position with the…See More
Thanks to this guy and all the workers.  NICELY DONE!!!   Can't wait for the beautiful 1.5 to surface!!!

Thanks to this guy and all the workers. NICELY DONE!!! Can’t wait for the beautiful 1.5 to surface!!!







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1.5 Millionth Corvette Pre-Sinkhole

If you’ve never been to the National Corvette Museum, you should put that on your bucket list.  If you are a car gal/guy  you’ll love it, even more so, if you own or previously owned a corvette.

Here are my pictures I took of the 1, 500,000th Corvette on one of my trips to the NCM.




One of the best looking Vette paint scheme wise.

One of the best looking Vette paint scheme wise.

Awesome look!!!

Awesome look!!!


I actually thought about getting a decal for my C6 with the number on it!!



Current location of the 1.5 Mil Corvette

Current location of the 1.5 Mil Corvette Sad to see it here.























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National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Update 3/31/2014

Look as though they will be attempting to pull out the Corvette Spider from the Sinkhole.



Digging out the Spider

Digging out the Spider















The car was secured with straps attached to the other crane.  They attempted to pull it out, but still too much dirt on the car.

Shoveling it off with the huge shovel/backhole.


Stay tuned for more updates.





Could the C8 Corvette Come out of a Reality Show? | Corvetteforum

So what the C7 is brand new.   Let’s just get started with rumors and secret LEAKED image and ‘sightings’ for Gen 8.


Could the C8 Corvette Come out of a Reality Show? | Corvetteforum.

News of a new reality show for aspiring car designers sponsored by Chevrolet got me to thinking – could the next-gen Corvette come out of a reality show?

The new TV series, Motor City Masters, will pit 10 aspiring car designers against one another on truTV testing both their exterior and interior design capabilities.

The 10-episode show, hosted by Brooke Burns, former star of Baywatch and Melrose Place, will be based in Los Angeles with a series finale in Detroit.

Show participants will be judged in areas such as creativity, execution and the forward-thinking in their work.  After a series of elimination rounds, the top two designers will face off in front of members of Chevy’s design team.

Check out the link. Could the C8 Corvette Come out of a Reality Show? | Corvetteforum.


The C9?

The C8?








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Car Show Supporting Team Tanner and Autism Awareness

I’ll be there with my C6!  We’ll have section just for Corvettes!!!


Great Cause!!  Great Fun!!!

Great Cause!! Great Fun!!!


Let me know if you going to attend and we’ll meet up.

Go to:    to get your registration form.

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Researchers look at boy-girl differences in autism

It has long been clear that autism strikes boys more often than girls. But when girls do get the condition, they tend to be at the severely affected end of the spectrum. Now, a group of geneticists thinks they’ve figured out why. Boys, it seems, can
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1,000,000th Corvette Surprise Rescue!!!

“Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out, but as we got in there and saw more this morning we did feel like this might be our best chance,” said Danny Daniel, President of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction.

Danny indicated that they pulled the car by one wheel from where it was lodged and it swung free into the cavern. They were then able to lift the car and place it to rest, upside down on the bottom of the sinkhole. Finally, the Corvette was hooked up by its two tires for final lifting out of the sinkhole, much like the process to retrieve the 1993 40th Anniversary.

“Went like a champ, we were tickled to death,” added Daniel.

“The Millionth Corvette has been through a lot, but the damage at first glance seems to be less extensive than what it could have been, especially given the precarious spot the car landed,” said Bob Hellmann, Facilities and Displays Manager at the Museum. “The undercarriage and frame look to be in good condition and everything is repairable.”

The Millionth Corvette was built at 2:00pm on July 2, 1992 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Just like the first 1953 Corvettes, it bears a white exterior, red interior and is a convertible. The car was donated to the Corvette Museum by General Motors. In a press release from 1991, Jim Perkins, General Manager for Chevrolet at the time, said “We’ve been looking for a way to support the goals of the museum, which are to enshrine a great car and the great people who made it an American institution.” This donation came two years before the museum that exists today had opened its doors.

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She looks a little rough to me.

I have to take a minute to give job well done to the crew working the rescue.  Lots of people appreciate their efforts.  I having pulled a RV from a 100 ravine with a tow truck, it’s nerve racking job….these guys are pros.

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