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The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has begun recovering the eight rare Corvettes swallowed by a 40-foot wide sinkhole that opened up under the facility in February. VPC

The recovery of eight classic cars swallowed by a huge sinkhole has begun at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.

The first car was pulled out of the giant hole Monday by a crane at the Bowling Green museum. Cheers went up when the engine of the 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil was cranked up and the prize vehicle was driven a few feet.

Katie Frassinelli says workers hope to recover a second vehicle - a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette - later Monday.

About 100 people watched the recovery work.

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Frassinelli says workers hope to recover a third car Tuesday.

Others won't be pulled out until workers further stabilize the sinkhole. That could take three weeks.

Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the cars at a Michigan plant.

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