National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Repair Starts in November

Oct 17, 2014 11:30 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro


The National Corvette Museum will start work in around three weeks to fill a large sinkhole that opened up in February and caused eight important sports cars to topple inside.

The project schedule calls for completed by July at the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, according to the Associated Press.

The museum said that six of the eight vehicles that fell into the hole are on display at the museum's Skydome currently. The museum will try to move as many as possible into other public viewing areas after Nov. 9 until the Skydome reopens in the summer of 2015.

General Motors will provide $250,000 in total to help the Museum recover from the sinkhole incident.

"Our goal was to help the National Corvette Museum recover from a terrible natural disaster by restoring all eight cars," said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, according to the release. "However, as the cars were recovered, it became clear that restoration would be impractical because so little was left to repair. And, frankly, there is some historical value in leaving those cars to be viewed as they are."

On Feb 12, a sinkhole was discovered under the Skydome area of the NCM by museum personnel, measuring about 45 feet wide, 60 feet long and up to 30 feet deep.

Security camera footages showed the Skydome's floor collapse, which has since been viewed over 8.3 million times on YouTube.

Eight Corvette vehicles were swallowed by the sinkhole- two on loan from GM and six owned by the museum, including:

-1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan)

-2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" prototype (on loan)

-1962 Corvette

-1984 PPG Pace Car

-1992 1-millionth Corvette

-1993 40th Anniversary Corvette

-2001 "Mallett Hammer" Z06

-2009 1.5-millionth Corvette

At one point museum officials thought about keeping part of the hole open and putting a crumpled sports car back inside but the company said the idea was nixed because of safety and maintenance costs.

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