Huge Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars at the Corvette Museum
Early this morning a sink hole swallowed eight of the sports cars on display at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The cars were located inside the facility’s iconic Skydome Wednesday morning, said executive director Wendell Strode. Museum officials received a call at 5:44 AM from their security company alerting them that their motion detectors were going off in the Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area. The Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep.
The Museum is reporting eight Corvettes were affected by this incident. Those cars include:
- 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
- 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:
- 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
None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals. The Skydome exhibit area of the Museum is a separate structure connected to the main Museum. A structural engineer has been on-site to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas. The Museum is closed to the public for the day to allow for careful assessment of the damage. .
With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming August 27-30, the Corvette Museum staff has a lot to be excited about in 2014. They look forward to getting the Skydome repaired and reopened very soon.