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GM employees accused of racing Corvettes in Kentucky

13 January 2020

Two General Motors engineers are accused of street-racing Corvette Stingrays in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The GM workers in question are Alexander Thim (27) and Mark Derkatz (30), both of whom were found to be driving at an excessive speed on Lovers Lane (we're not kidding) in the home of Corvette, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

After the two men were arrested, the Corvettes were towed away to a nearby tow lot where they were collected the next day likely by representatives from the automaker.

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It is reported that 27-year-old Thim was caught driving at 120 miles per hour (193 km/h) while 30-year-old Derkatz was snapped at 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). Packing a 496 horsepower V8, one can easily hit the speed limit (and beyond) in a matter of seconds.

According to reports by USA'sAutomobile magazine and Kentucky TV station WNKY 40, one of the Corvette drivers was reportedly clocked at 120mph (193kmh) while there other was written up for travelling at 100mph (160kmh).

A third driver was also behind the wheel of a Corvette but police said that person didn't participate in the race.

In a statement to Automobile, GM said, "We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are now investigating", adding, "Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors". General Motors says the assembly plant there is the only place in the world where Corvettes are built.

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It is uncertain whether both Thim and Derkatz are still now employed by GM. "We have no further comment at this time". Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors.

It said Bowling Green Assembly is the only location that builds the model of auto its employees had taken for a joyride.

Thim's profile shows he is a CAE (computer-aided engineering) engineer for GM.

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GM employees accused of racing Corvettes in Kentucky