The Corvette Museum sinkhole videos taken by a security camera and a drone make Corvette enthusiasts and most everyone else weep. On Wednesday, a security camera captured on video as a gaping sinkhole swallowed up eight vintage and rare Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, reported CNN on Feb. 12, 2014.
“Motion detectors alerted security that something was amiss shortly after 5:30 a.m., said museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli. An employee who first walked into the room ‘has been in shock all day,’ she said. ‘When you go in there, it's unreal,’ said Frassinelli. ‘The hole is so big, it makes the Corvettes look like little Matchbox cars’."
The eight showroom cars swallowed up by the gaping sinkhole under the yellow Sky Dome wing at Bowling Green, Kentucky's National Corvette Museum, included the following precious automobiles:
- a 1962 "Black Corvette"
- a 1984 PPG pace car
- a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil"
- the 1992 white "1 Millionth Corvette"
- a 1993 ruby red "40th Anniversary Corvette"
- a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
- the 2009 white "1.5 Millionth Corvette"
- a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder
Museum officials estimate that the damage done by the sinkhole is in the millions. Six of the automobiles had been donated to the museum. Two of the automobiles were owned by General Motors, the maker of the cars.
With the use of a remote-controlled helicopter drone, geologists and engineers from nearby Western Kentucky University explored the sinkhole, which is reportedly 40 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
"There's a cave down there," said museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli, who also commented that the museum is only a short drive away from Mammoth Cave National Park.
The Corvette Museum sinkhole video taken by the drone does make the eight vintage cars look like “Matchbox cars.” Instead of showroom glitz and glamour, eight precious showroom cars are now surrounded by nothing but dirt and dust.