In the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 12th, the National Corvette Museum of Bowling Green, KY., reported that eight of their showroom Classic Corvettes had tragically fallen victim to a giant sinkhole beneath their Skydoom floor. In a media report from the museum, the Bowling Green Fire Department estimated the size of the hole as 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep. The photos below, from the Museum’s website, show just how massive the sinkhole really is.
The accident happened beneath the Skydome exhibit at the museum, which is separated from the main Museuem. This area is home to some of the museums nicest vehicles along with some on loan from General Motors. The cars affected include:
– 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
– 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil on loan from General Motors
– 1962 Black Corvette
– 1984 PPG Pace Car
– 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
– 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
– 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
– 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
The Museum also posted a video that was made with the help of Western Kentucky University’s Engineering Department to give an inside view of the sinkhole.
The National Corvette Museum is home to roughly 80 sports cars that are showcased in periodic settings that include a historic racetrack, 1950s barbershop and service station. Many of the vehicles are one-of-a-kind pieces or prototypes that were never mass produced.
News of this sinkhole came just 6 months before the Museum is set to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. This celebration concludes with thousands of Corvettes from across the country as well as other parts of the globe coming to the Museum as part of the National Corvette Caravan. This will be the 5th year of the caravan, which often turns many towns they ride through into a spontaneous parade when Corvettes span the road for miles.
Although the museum closed yesterday afternoon to completely assess the extent of the damage, they are optimistic and hope to open to visitors as soon as possible.
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1993 Chevy Corvette 40th Anniversary (similar to the one damaged at the museum)