Bowling Green, KY– The National Corvette Museum has eight fewer Corvettes in its possession today after a sinkhole that stretches to 40-feet-wide and 20-feet-deep literally swallowed them whole.
No one was in the museum when the sinkhole occurred and the Bowling Green Fire Department quickly sealed off the affected area. The museum was home to dozens of Corvettes and is a favored destination of Corvette enthusiasts from around the world.
Six of the cars that fell into the sinkhole in the skydome were donated by eager ‘Vette fans and the other two are owned by General Motors. One was a 1962 Black Corvette and another was a 1984 PPG Pace Car. A 1993 ZR-1 Spyder is also currently sitting at the bottom of the sinkhole. A 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, and a 2009 White1.5 Millionth Corvette also fell victim to the hole.
The museum has been working on a 184-acre raceway and Motorsports Park that has a scheduled opening date of August 2014. It is still unclear if this incident will affect the opening, but the museum remains optimistic about maintaining the original date.
According to the museum’s Facebook page, it will reopen with normal business hours starting tomorrow, February 13. Fans can still check out the rest of the museum from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, but the skydome will remain blocked off.
Structural engineers are checking out the damage to determine if the areas around the hole are stable.