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RAW: Corvette engines fired up after removal from sinkhole

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The time has come to finally remove the eight Corvettes swallowed up by a massive sinkhole on Feb. 12.

With a huge crane, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil was the first to be lifted out. On Saturday, crews did a few lift tests to get ready for the process, but there were no problems getting it out.

Amazingly, the Corvette still runs. People were excited to see it crank up and drive out of the Skydome doors. The Museum says the Corvette is leaking oil.

The crews have been working six days a week to figure out how to remove the cars. The sinkhole has become quite the tourist attraction with the museum installing a window for visitors to see the action.

Monday afternoon, crews recovered a second Corvette from the sinkhole. Crews used a crane to remove the 1993 "Ruby Red" 40th Anniversary Corvette. The car suffered damage to the hood, roof and right side. 

While the Blue Devil was removed easily, others will be more difficult. The 1962 Black Corvette is expected to be pulled out on Tuesday. The Museum says that'll be much trickier since a five-ton slab of concrete is partially resting on the front of the car.  Two cranes will be used to lift the Corvette and the concrete at the same time.

The museum doesn't have an exact schedule on when the other Corvettes will be removed. As they are recovered, the cars will be on display at the museum through Aug. 3. Then they'll be taken to Michigan where Chevrolet, the General Motors Design Center, has agreed to oversee the restoration.

But with so much interest in these cars and the sinkhole, the Museum is also planning to create a special display with information on the sinkhole, along with videos and photos.

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