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Eight cars damaged by sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum!


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Wed 12 Feb 14 17:14

Eight cars damaged by sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum!


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A sinkhole opened up this morning beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, Kentucky, swallowing a total of eight cars on display, including two on loan from General Motors.

The sinkhole, which opened up at 5:40 a.m.(est), is reported to be 40 feet in diameter and up to 30 feet deep, and the museum has called in a structural engineer to determine if the sinkhole poses any additional threat to the property. For now, the National Corvette Museum, with the exception of the damaged Skydome, remains open to the public.

According to the museum, the cars damaged in this morning’s event include a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil,” both on loan from General Motors, along with a 1962 Corvette; a 1984 PPG Pace Car; a 1992 “1 Millionth” Corvette; a 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette; a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette; and a 2009 “1.5 Millionth” Corvette, all owned by the museum itself. No cars on loan from individuals were damaged in the incident.

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The Skydome, completed in 1994, was to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014. The sinkhole reported this morning is the first such event on the museum property, which is located in a region of the state full of underground caves and notorious for its sinkholes.

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Source - Hemmings and the other guys who beat me to the posting! Thumbs up



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Wed 12 Feb 14 17:20


Norton! Looks like a 90's C4 judging by one of the wheels there. Hope it all gets sorted. These sink holes seem to be enjoying popularity worldwide at the moment. Only last night reading about the M6 one and the family that woke up to find that their driveway had eaten their car... (UK as well)


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Wed 12 Feb 14 19:03

Re: Eight cars damaged by sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum!


More here: http://www.whas11.com/news/8-cars-swollowed-by-sinkhole-at-N...

The release stated the following cars were affected:
•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

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Wed 12 Feb 14 19:47


They fell 30 feet. They must be goners?


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Thu 13 Feb 14 13:20

Re: Eight cars damaged by sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum!


Security camera footage of the actual collapse and other video on the official Corvette Museum you tube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/user/corvettemuseum


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Fri 14 Feb 14 14:29

GM issues an unusual recall


GM has recalled the sinkhole Corvettes…

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/themargin/2014/02/13/gm-recalls...

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Fri 14 Feb 14 15:41


The news is that the building is believed stable, although the "needle" requires underpinning. As said before, GM are going to oversee restorations of the 8 cars. 

The original civil engineering firm is being retained to shore up the hole. The cars will be retrieved and then the work will commence to repair the damage. Wendell Strode has said the work is expected to be complete for the August celebrations. 

Donations to the NCM are welcomed, best do them direct, there is the possibility of illegitimate canvassers scamming Corvette supporters if paid directly. I believe the Museum does not contact people directly. 

Please can we post replies to just one of these threads to keep things tidy.(this one)


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Fri 14 Feb 14 16:22


In case anyone wants to see Wendell on CNN - here's the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPuVR1tVA9Y#t=0


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Mon 03 Mar 14 19:42

Re: Eight cars damaged by sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum!


Apparently they've got the first one out. Set it on it's wheels, started it up and drove it out Clap


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Mon 03 Mar 14 20:08


It looked to have sustained remarkably little damage I thought...


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