Disaster struck the National Corvette Museum early this morning when a giant sinkhole opened under the structure’s spire, swallowing up eight Corvettes, including the one-millionth Corvette ever built.
“We received a call at 5:44 a.m. from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the Museum,” according to Katie Frassinelli, marketing and communications director for the museum. “Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area.”
The sinkhole measured an estimated 40-feet wide and 25-30-feet deep.
Eight Corvettes were affected by the sinkhole collapse:
1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan from General Motors)
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” (on loan from General Motors)
1962 Black Corvette
1984 PPG Pace Car
1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
The last six cars on this list were owned by the museum and none of the cars affected were on loan from individuals. The museum has contacted a structural engineer who is arriving today to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas. While the Skydome area is closed, the remainder of the Museum is still open.
“This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary and look forward to re-opening the Skydome exhibit area very soon,” said Frassinelli.
The one-millionth Corvette ever built, which was driven off the Bowling Green assembly lin
These Callaway twin-turbo Corvettes (factory option B2K) were in the Skydome area, but app
This record-setting C4 ZR1 and C6R (background) were unscathed by the disaster at the Nati
Update: we have confirmation from Greg Lovell of AntiVenom that the 2001 Corvette was donated just last month by his customer, Kevin Helmintoller. Let's all bow our heads in silence for the loss of such a great machine.
Here are some pictures of the Skydome from our last visit to the NCM, for the full story click here.
2012 Nurburgring Record-Breaking ZR1
2000 Lingenfelter 427 Twin Turbo Corvette and 2006 Lingenfelter Commemorative Edition
Unrestored 1980 Corvette and 1971 Corvette
#3 Grand Sport Prototype