Two GM Engineers Arrested For Street Racing C8 Corvettes

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Two General Motors employees were taken to jail earlier this week after the Kentucky State Police busted them for allegedly street racing C8 Corvette test vehicles. The incident involving two company-owned Corvettes that you can’t even buy yet took place this past Wednesday in Bowling Green, Kentucky, home to the Corvette manufacturing plant.

According to a report by Automobile, Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz were arrested for reckless driving, racing motor vehicles on public roads, and exceeding the 45 mph speed limit by traveling at least 71 mph. It’s unknown how fast the cars were going, only that it was at least 26 mph above the speed limit which is the threshold for a court hearing and a possible license suspension in Kentucky.

According to their LinkedIn profiles, Thim is an analysis engineer and Derkatz is an electrical engineer. Their current employment status is unknown, but my money is on hella fired. The Corvettes were towed away and picked up the following day by “the owner,” which I’m guessing was a very annoyed fleet manager.


In a statement to Automobile, GM said, “We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating,” adding, “Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time.”

Engineers are purportedly smart people, but I’ll be the first to admit we can be a bit dense sometimes. This, however, appears to be some next-level stupidity. Remember kids: If you street race, you are dumb and bad. If you do it in a company test vehicle, you are preposterously irresponsible, and probably unemployed.

Matt Brown is an automotive engineer, writer, and builder of unconventional things. Mostly vehicles.

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From the citation of Thim:

Observed (3) total 2020 Corvettes turn from Scottsville Road onto Ken Bale Blvd and accelerate heavily. While observing the Corvettes, all 3 made a left turn onto Middle Bridge Road and then a right onto Lovers lane. The above (Red) Corvette accelerated heavily in the left lane on Lovers Lane and achieved a speed of 120 MPH in the posted 45 MPH zone. Night conditions. The White Corvette was stopped in the right lane and achieved a top speed of 100 MPH. The last Corvette (Blue) was driven by a witness and did not participate in the race. The Corvettes were observed at speed from the intersection of Middle Bridge until the traffic stop was conducted at Olde Towne Blvd. The odor of an alcoholic be verage was present on the breath of the operator. PBT detected presence of alcohol. The party stated that they were all familiar with each other and were employees of GM. The individuals had been at “Que Time” before contact was made this date. GM owns all Corvettes involved. Speed was detected visually and confirmed by same direction, moving radar. Stalker DSR 2x radar was calibrated before this shift.