February 17, 2014
Eight Corvettes Swallowed By A Sinkhole
Sinkholes have been popping up in various places around the globe. Swallowing buildings, bridges, roadways and homes. These things can be replaced, but when it comes to a sinkhole devouring unique and irreplaceable vehicles, it’s a sad situation. I’m not saying that other sinkhole destruction is any less saddening. But, when it takes something that can’t be replaced, it leaves a overwhelming sense of loss.
Top Speed reports that inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a large sinkhole formed, swallowing eight Corvettes in its wrath. In a press release, the museum stated that at 5:44 am Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014, they received a call from their security company that the motion detectors were going off in their Skydome area. When they arrived at the museum, a 40 foot across and 25-30 foot deep sinkhole was discovered inside the facility.
A more disheartening discovery was they also found eight of their Corvettes deep inside the newly opened ground. Two of the cars were on loan from General Motors. A 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil.”
The other six Vettes were all owned by the museum. A 1962 Black Corvette; the 1984 PPG Corvette Pace Car; a white 1992, which was the 1 millionth Corvette sold; Ruby Red, a 1993 and the fortieth Anniversary Corvette; a 2001, the Mallet Hammer Z06 Corvette; and finally, a 2009 White Corvette which was the 1.5 Millionth Vette sold.
All these Corvettes are one of a kind, and irreplaceable. The remaining vehicles have been removed from the area and fortunately, the disaster occurred when the museum was closed, so no injuries or deaths took place.
CNN reported that spokes woman for the museum, Katie Frassinelli, said, “the hole is so big, it makes the Corvettes look like little Matchbox cars.”
Structural engineers and Geologists used remote controlled drones to assess the situation. They concluded that there was no structural damage to the Sky Dome itself. “There’s a cave down there,” Katie said. The museum is only a short distance from the Mammoth Cave National Park.
The museum houses a rare 1983 model Corvette. Only 43 total were manufactured by GM. They decided to begin producing the 1984 models so they destroyed all but one of the 1983. That one Corvette will be moved to another area of the museum and all the damaged Corvettes will be put in storage.
Frazer Bharucha, a Corvette owner and member of the Long Island Corvette Owners Association, has visited the museum at least six times stated, “there’s a sense of awe and you get a lump in your throat when you walk inside.”
As part of the museum’s twentieth anniversary this years plans to open a 184-acre Motorsports Park in August. “We want to move forward as soon as possible. We want to start repairs and recovery,” Frassinelli said.
The museum has reopened for business, but the Skydome area is closed off.
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