Corvette Museum Sinkhole: Skydome Sinkhole Swallowed Eight Rare Cars

By on Feb 13, 2014 in Automobile, Natural Disasters, United States, World Comments
Corvette Museum Sinkhole
Corvette Museum Sinkhole

About 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep sinkhole swallowed eight rare cars at the National Corvette Musuem in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Wednesday morning. Reports said that six of the vintage and rare cars were owned by the museum and two were on loan from General Motors.

According to the Corvette Museum’s press release, the sinkhole centered around the Skydome area of the museum which started around 5:30 a.m. (Central Time) while the museum was closed, thus, no injuries has been reported. The Skydome exhibit area is a separate structure connected to the main museum and is currently closed to the public until structural engineers can assess the damage to the building.

“Before we do anything, like remove the other cars, we want that assessment so we know if there’s been any structural damage to the Skydome,” Wendell Strode, executive director of the National Corvette Museum was quoted in a report.

The eight iconic vehicles damaged by the sinkhole were the 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 and the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” that were on loan from General Motors.

Strode said in a report that “every car has a story behind it and that there’s been tears shed back this morning.”

Meanwhile, Corvette aficionados were stunned upon hearing the news. Butch Hume, president of Louisville’s Falls City Corvette Club said in a report that when the news of the sinkhole started to spread, club members flooded him with text messages and all wanted to know about the incident.

The news spread quickly in social media and a lot of Corvette fans have called the Corvette Museum and offered messages of support, according to Katie Frassinelli, marketing & communications manager of the museum.

All of the cars that weren’t affected by the sinkhole that might be at risk due to the sinkhole have been removed from the Skydome, reports say.

The National Corvette Museum has uploaded to YouTube the video of the sinkhole.

National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Video
Credit: YouTube/Corvettemuseum

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