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Corvette in sinkhole: National Corvette Museum site of sinkhole in Ky.

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A sinkhole swallowed eight Corvettes in Bowling Green, Ky. at the National Corvette Museum. The incident happened on Wed. CNN reports Feb. 12 that the gaping hole opened up suddenly under a section of the museum that sent prized cars plummeting into it.

The sinkhole is 40-feet wide and around 25 to 30-feet deep. It happened under the skydome area of the museum, said Executive Director Wendell Strode.

More than 30 Corvettes are maintained at the museum as showcase vehicles. They range in classic models to prototypes. The cars are privately owned and loaned out to the National Corvette Museum. Six of the eight Corvettes that fell in the sinkhole were donated and the other two were owned by General Motors.

Strode did not give a dollar amount on how much damage was done, but he said it is "substantial."

The museum had planned to celebrate the Corvette's anniversary in September. They have a little over seven months to reconstruct the skydome and assess if they will add more cars to the museum.

Corvettes that fell in sinkhole included:

1962 black Corvette
1984 PPG pace car
1992 white 1 millionth Corvette
1993 ruby red 40th anniversary Corvette
1993 ZR-1 Spyder owned by General Motors
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
2009 white 1.5 millionth Corvette
2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" owned by General Motors

It is a shame that these cars were destroyed by a sudden act of nature. Unfortunately the Corvette Museum has quite a mess on its hands after this incident. It is hard to even look at the pictures of the Corvettes in the sinkhole...especially for enthusiasts of the American-made sports car.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

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