On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, a sinkhole opened up and caused part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky to collapse, destroying eight rare cars that were on location. The section of the museum has since been closed off to the public and opened later that day. Read on for a look at the incident and what this means for the National Corvette Museum.
What was Damaged?
The collapse damaged eight rare high ticket cars that were very valuable to the National Corvette Museum. The vehicles damaged include a 1993 ZR 1 Spyder, a 2009 ZR 1 Blue Devil, both of which were on loan to the museum from General Motors, as well as a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette. Fortunately no one was in the museum at the time of the accident and museum officials cordoned off the damaged area off the museum and opened business as usual the same day.
The Reason for the Sinkhole
The National Corvette Museum is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky in one of the regions largest karst valleys where many deep caves run. This area is prone to sink holes and they can occur quite unexpectedly as in this case. The museum will block off the damaged area and keep the museum open for normal operation.
20th Anniversary of the Museum
In September, the Anniversary will be hosting the 20th Anniversary of the Museum. There is no word whether this accident will affect the festivities or not, however it is unlikely that the advent would be moved to another location since Bowling Green is so central to the Corvette name. Not only is Bowling Green home to the National Corvette Museum but also is the only place where General Motors builds Corvette.
While this accident was a costly one with the loss of eight rare vehicles and property damage to the museum, fortunately no one was hurt in process. While the museum can be restored, it is very fortunate that no one, guest or employee, were on the scene when the accident occurred. Now the museum has seven months until they need it to be ready for the 20th anniversary. There is no word yet if the museum will be ready in time for the big event.