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Part of Skydome sinkhole to remain on permanent exhibit at Corvette Museum

Corvette rescued from sinkhole in the Skydome.
Corvette rescued from sinkhole in the Skydome.
National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., will preserve a piece of
Approximately 25-feet by 45-feet of the voracious 60-foot wide sinkhole that swallowed eight historic cars including a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil, 1962 black Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 white 1 millionth Corvette, 1993 40th anniversary Corvette, 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 and 2009 1.5 millionth Corvette at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY on February 12th will be preserved during reconstruction of the Skydome. In fact, some of the crumpled cars may be put back in for effect.

“The natural disaster has actually served to attract new visitors and has significantly driven revenue,” stated. Katie Frassinelli, marketing and communications manager for the museum. “In fact, attendance has increased 59% since March, and overall revenue has gone-up by 65%.”

“What started as a tragedy has turned into an opportunity to lure more people off a nearby interstate to visit the museum, which struggled in prior years to keep its doors open,” added Executive Director Wendell Strode. "We think it will continue to attract more people for some time to come."

Construction plans to repair the damage will include eliminating the second level of the Skydome and provide more floor space to display the Museum’s 121 Corvettes, most of which are on loan from private collectors, as well as from General Motors itself. In fact, GM has taken the Blue Devil and Spyder back and will restore it for the Museum, at its Chevrolet plant in Michigan, while the board works to determine whether or not to have several other Corvettes restored based on the extent of damage. Work on the building, is currently scheduled to begin in September, following the National Corvette Museum’s 20th anniversary celebrations August 27-30. While the sinkhole is said to have caused more than $1 million in damage, the restoration project is expected to cost somewhere between $3 million- $5 million.

The National Corvette Museum is located at I-65, Exit 28 in Bowling Green KY, and is open from 8an-5pm. Anyone wishing to enter the Skydome to see the sinkhole must be at least 8-years old. For more information call 800 538-3883 or 270 781-7973.