Chevrolet is using this Labor Day week-end to announce that it will help the National Corvette Museum with a labor of love. Chevrolet is giving the museum $250,000 worth of support to help it recover from the devastating sinkhole that developed, in February.
The company issued a statement saying that Chevrolet and the National Corvette Museum will restore three of the Corvettes that were damaged when the sinkhole opened under the museum, February 12, 2014. In all, eight Corvettes were damaged when the cavern opened under the museum, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The National Corvette Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week-end. According to the statement from Chevrolet, Chevy will restore the 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype, known as the Blue Devil. It will also restore the 1-millionth Corvette produced-a white 1992 convertible. Chevrolet will pay for the restoration of the 1962 Corvette, that the museum will oversee.
In all, General Motors is providing nearly $250,000. Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president overseeing global product development says in the statement "Our goal was to help the National Corvette Museum recover from a terrible natural disaster by restoring all eight cars, however, as the cars were recovered, it became clear that restoration would be impractical because so little was left to repair. Reuss continues "Frankly, there is some historical value in leaving those cars to be viewed as they are."
The other five damaged Corvettes that were recovered, will be incorporated into a new exhibit. The sinkhole will be filled in.
Attendance at the museum has jumped nearly 60 percent since the crater opened. Chevrolet did not announce a timeline for when the vehicles would be restored and back on display.