Sinkhole to be Filled and Three Vettes to be Restored

By | September 2, 2014

bildeBack in February of this year something terrible happened.  A gaping sinkhole opened up and swallowed eight Corvettes whole in the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.  Since that incident the massive hole has become the main attraction at the museum bringing thousands to the museum to see it boosting attendance with a healthy 70% increase.  The Vettes were removed and promptly put on display as well, most of them pretty much destroyed.

Nearly seven months later, the fate of the sinkhole has been decided.  Initially, the museum was going to leave a portion of the sinkhole. To do so they were going to add safety measures for viewers but the cost to do so has more than doubled the initial estimates of $500,000 to over a $1,000,000.  The new plan is to fill in the sinkhole completely.  The sinkhole will remain as-is until after their upcoming Vets in Vettes event November 6-8, 2014.

The cars were also under the microscope and how to deal with them.  There was much debate about leaving them as is or restoring them.  GM even volunteered to oversee the restorations as well as donating $250,000 to aid the museum in its recovery.  The museum has chosen to restore the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” Prototype, the 1 Millionth Corvette, and the 1962 Corvette.  The remaining five cars were determined too far gone to restore and will be left in their present condition and will be the only remaining damage caused by the sinkhole.  If you wish to see the sinkhole before construction starts you only have two short months to do so.

Source: National Corvette Museum


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