The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY was attacked by a giant sinkhole that literally opened up its jaws and swallowed 8 cars in the Skydome, a 140-foot wide conical building featuring a 100-foot high glass ceiling,
According to Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode, six of the cars, a 1962 Black Corvette (a model never put into production) and 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" show car on loan from General Motors; a 1962 Black Corvette; 1984 PPG Pace Car from the IndyCar World Series; 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette; 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette; 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette fell into the 40 foot wide, 30-foot deep sinkhole, although a 1983 Corvette was spared and removed to another site.
“They were all very special cars to those individuals,” stated Strode, “Each had a unique story and each had a unique place in their hearts.”
The museum is closed for the day as engineers assess the safety and stability of the ground and other structures on the property. Luckily, no personnel were injured.
It’s too early to tell the extent of damage the sinkhole caused the vehicles, but Strode wasn’t feeling optimistic. “It’s not looking good,” he said. “There were a lot of tears this morning as our staff began to deal with what’s in there.”
Note: Bowling Green, KY sits on top of a number of deep caves in the middle of the state’s Pennyroyal regions, and is the only place where Corvettes are built.