BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2014) — Eight Corvettes were damaged Wednesday morning when a large sinkhole collapsed inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
“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,” said a press release from the museum.
No one was in or around the museum at the time of the collapse; the Bowling Green Fire Department secured the area. The hole is estimated to be 20 feet deep and 40 feet wide.
The eight cars that were affected included two on loan from General Motors, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil.” The other six, owned by the National Corvette Museum, included:
♦ 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
A structural engineer will assess the damage and stability of the surrounding areas, the museum said. The Skydome exhibit area is a separate structure connected to the main museum, which closed for the day.
“With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming Aug. 27-30, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in 2014, and look forward to getting the Skydome repaired and reopened very soon,” the press release said.