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Team Vette Apr 23, 2014
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Sinkhole Swallows National Corvette Museum Corvettes

A massive sinkhole 40-feet across and 25- to 30-feet deep severely damaged eight valuable and historically significant Corvettes at The National Corvette Museum's Skydome in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in the early morning hours of February 12, 2014.

The damaged Corvettes were:
1962 Black Corvette
1984 PPG Pace Car
1992 White One-Millionth Corvette
1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan from General Motors)
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
2009 ZR1 Blue Devil (on loan from General Motors)
2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

Read about the last Corvette rescued from the sinkhole and updates on the other recovered cars

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The Skydome exhibit area is a separate structure connected to the main Museum.

To help the Museum recover from the sinkhole, Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the Corvettes damaged. The process will be managed by General Motors Design in Warren, Michigan.

"The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history," said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development. "There can only be one one-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are as restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens."

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The restoration will be overseen by Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design.

When the cars are recovered, they will be shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility, a small specialty shop within GM Design, where the best restoration approach will be determined. Mechanical Assembly has been part of GM Design since the 1930s, and today maintains and restores many of the vehicles in the GM Heritage Collection and GM's historic concept cars.

The National Corvette Museum is independently owned, and supported solely by charitable donations from enthusiasts. It is currently accepting donations on its website to assist in refurbishing the facility. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit



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