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BREAKING (literally): Sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum

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We received a call at 5:44am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our 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.

It is with heavy hearts that we report that 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 is now 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 us to carefully assess the situation. We will keep everyone informed as we know more.

With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming August 27-30, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in 2014, and look forward to getting the Skydome repaired and reopened very soon.

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Well that blows :(

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Just makes you cringe watching them drop.


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They call it a sink hole but I bet with the cave system in Kentucky it was a cave collapse.


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Sinkholes are very common in Florida due to the limestone and when the water dries from the "quarry" it collapses. Friend of mine is actually a "sinkhole inspector" for an insurance company down here. Hope it never happens to me *knock on wood*


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So sad. Wonder what can be saved and if they are going to repair the museum or just tear it down and rebuild or move?!


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So sad. Wonder what can be saved and if they are going to repair the museum or just tear it down and rebuild or move?!

The area that was affected was a single room but the question lingers what else is wrong around the grounds?

They just started design and collecting money for a track around the whole museum too. Would suck if they can't fix it and have to move.

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oh noes!


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That really sucks.

Hopefully they can all be restored.

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That really sucks.

Hopefully they can all be restored.

Yup. GM will be restoring them though so that's nice. See what happens...

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