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February 12, 2014

It's a Bad Day When A Sinkhole Eats Your Corvette

National_Corvette_Museum-sinkhole-1250It becomes an automotive catastrophe when a 40-foot-wide sinkhole opens up beneath a museum and swallows eight Corvettes. Eight collectible and rare Corvettes.

According to, the vintage Corvettes fell into a sinkhole that opened up beneath the Skydome section of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky early this morning.

The Museum, which is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in August, houses more than 30 unique Corvettes on loan from private owners and those "made famous by magazines and auto shows the world over." The museum's collection includes prototypes and a 1983 model -- the only one in existence.

Of the eight cars that fell into the 25-foot-deep sinkhole, six were donated to the museum by Corvette enthusiasts, and two were on loan from General Motors.

The total value of the damaged cars is substantial but unknown at this time; iconic vehicles swallowed by the sinkhole include:

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

National_Corvette_Museum-sinkhole-1259Emergency responders allowed museum staff to remove one car, the only surviving 1983 Corvette, from the Sky Dome before it could fall into the sinkhole. Engineers are on site to assess potential structural damage to the Sky Dome before staff will be allowed to remove any other cars.

Central Kentucky's geology lends itself to sinkholes, and they are not uncommon, said Jason Polk, a professor of geology and geography at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, who is part of the team investigating the sinkhole. More information about the sinkhole can be found at USAToday.

The museum is located across the street from General Motors' Bowling Green assembly plant, where Chevrolet Corvettes are built. Andrea Hales, communications manager at the Bowling Green Corvette plant, says the sinkhole has had no effect on the nearby plant.




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