Damaged Corvettes Bring Increased Patronage

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Folks around the friendly town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, home of the National Corvette Museum, have entertained a few more visitors than normal over the last five months. To the surprise of museum staff and citizens in general, an unlikely factor spurned the upturn in visitors of nearly 60-percent. It is certainly no secret that many racing fans love the car crashing as much as the racing (as long as nobody is hurt), so the cause of the recent spike in interest at the National Corvette Museum should be easily understood if you factor in a giant (45-feet wide, 60-feet long, and 30-feet deep) sinkhole, nine historically significant Corvettes, and a special display which was set-up at the museum to commemorate a tragic natural disaster that occurred on a chilly morning in February, 2014.

On the morning in question, at approximately 5:45 a.m. a rumble could be heard coming from the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum. The Skydome is an area of the museum where rare and valuable Corvettes are publicly displayed. About this same time, museum officials began to receive phone calls from the local security company regarding various motion sensor alerts which had been activated inside the Skydome area. Upon inspection, it became apparent that a large sinkhole had opened up in the floor of the Skydome and “swallowed” a number of precious Corvette automobiles. Later that same morning it was discovered that museum security cameras had caught the entire incident and that eight cars had fallen through the floor; and the footage has been viewed over 8-million times on YouTube.


After ensuring that the sinkhole was reasonably safe for entry, experts went about determining exactly which Corvette vehicles had been damaged. Initial plans were to restore all of the vehicles involved and it was widely reported that Chevrolet would undertake this daunting project. As the first vehicle (2009 Corvette “Blue-Devil”) was excavated from the sinkhole, an oil cooler line was replaced and it was driven away, crowds of on-lookers clapped and cheered. It was announced that a special display of the damaged Corvette autos would be made available to the public until August, when they would be taken away for repair. This special display has drawn Corvette enthusiasts from around the globe and helped the National Corvette Museum to entertain 60-percent more visitors than normal over the past few months.

Now, it is time to repair these rare and valuable Corvette masterpieces, some of which mark historical periods in Corvette and Chevrolet production. Unfortunately, after careful examination of the damage, it has been decided that not all of the Corvettes will be repaired. Reports are that five of the eight cars are damaged so extensively that it would not be historically practical to attempt a restoration. However, they will be displayed permanently at the museum (sounds like someone liked the larger crowds, huh?).

The three cars to be restored are the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Prototype known as the “Blue Devil” and the 1-millionth Corvette produced. It is a 1992 white convertible. Both of these cars will be restored by General Motors. The third car is a black 1962 Corvette which will be restored by an outside vendor under the oversight of the National Corvette Museum. This project will also be funded by General Motors/Chevrolet.

Simultaneously, BoldRide.com is reporting that the sinkhole is going to be filled in, after the Museum had originally decided to preserve it as some kind of a monument.

For a better description of all eight Corvettes see Sinkhole at National Corvette Museum.

IMAGE SOURCE: National Corvette Museum

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.