Written by Bella Dalima
13 Feb, 2014 | 4:09 pm
Eight valuable ‘vettes 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.
The news triggered a collective worldwide gasp from the Corvette Nation.
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.
The damaged portion of the museum will be closed indefinitely, but the rest of the facility will be open as usual on Thursday, she said.
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
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