Eight Corvettes at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum fell victim to a 40-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in the facility’s yellow Sky Dome wing. The museum unofficially estimates it caused millions of dollars in damage.
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 news triggered a collective worldwide gasp from the Corvette Nation.
“I was shocked,” said Frazer Bharucha, 47, a Corvette owner since age 17. “We’re talking about iconic cars that have been around for years.”
Using remote-controlled drones, geologists and engineers from nearby Western Kentucky University have already explored the sinkhole and determined that the Sky Dome suffered no structural damage, Frassinelli said. “There’s a cave down there,” she said, adding that the museum is only a short drive away from Mammoth Cave National Park.
The painful losses have been tallied: Of the eight cars that fell, six were donated to the museum by Corvette enthusiasts, and two are owned by the car’s maker, General Motors.
Here’s the museum’s list of cars that went down the hole:
— 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
VIDEO: (Skip to about 1:45 or so and you get a good :30 down in the hole)
VIDEO: Another Angle post collapse
VIDEO: Sinkhole Security Camera Footage
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