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Scary stuff.  Our thoughts go out to our friends at the Museum!!

 

 

We received a call at 5:44am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of 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 Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep.

It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident.  Those cars include:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors

The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:

  • 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

None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals.  The Skydome exhibit area of the Museum is a separate structure connected to the main Museum.  A structural engineer is now on-site to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas.  The Museum is closed to the public for the day to allow us to carefully assess the situation.  We will keep everyone informed as we know more.

With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming August 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.

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As a Corvette owner, this is a very sad day for sure. I also happen to live just a couple hours from there and frequent the museum. I have been in that area so many times its not funny. 

 

Hopefully some of the cars are salvageable but it's way too early to tell. 

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What a bummer, and I hope those cars were insured with our man Adam Boca and NCM Auto Insurance! 

 

www.NCMInsurance.org  Our of our collector cars are all insured with the National Corvette Museum Insurance....

 

(You are welcome Adam, and sorry for the shameless plug....) :2thumbs:

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What a bummer, and I hope those cars were insured with our man Adam Boca and NCM Auto Insurance! 

 

www.NCMInsurance.org  Our of our collector cars are all insured with the National Corvette Museum Insurance....

 

(You are welcome Adam, and sorry for the shameless plug....) :2thumbs:

I wondered the same thing......if Adam had them insured.

We were just talking about the NCM yesterday........bummer for sure.

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There were no privately owned cars that were damaged, and they did get the worlds ONLY 1983 Corvette out before the fire department closed the area down. Two of the cars were on loan from GM. The other 6 were property of the museum.

Check out the helicopter camera footage of the hole. There are about 5 videos.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=helicopter+video+of+sinkhole+at+national+corvette+museum&sm=3

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I have not made my required pilgrimmage to the holy land yet, but this was really interesting. Like others said, they look like toys in there. I asked, my boss won't let me take sick time to mourn the loss. I heard they think they can recover them.

Bruce

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That's crazy, I didn't believe it when I saw it this morning. I've been there 3 times now and plan on going again this summer. That entire area is known for sink holes though, its only 30 miles from mammoth cave national park.

I'm just hoping it's still there this summer!  The wife and I had discussed going out again this summer, but I guess we'll wait and see what they're going to do.  If they determine that the ground is unstable under the rest of the museum, then who knows.  It's a shame. I had my Vette on display there in 05 and they're a great bunch of people, all dedicated to the car and making visitors feel like family.  I'm sure they'll recover from all of this.  There's an awful lot of people willing to support them any way they need it.

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I'm just hoping it's still there this summer! The wife and I had discussed going out again this summer, but I guess we'll wait and see what they're going to do. If they determine that the ground is unstable under the rest of the museum, then who knows. It's a shame. I had my Vette on display there in 05 and they're a great bunch of people, all dedicated to the car and making visitors feel like family. I'm sure they'll recover from all of this. There's an awful lot of people willing to support them any way they need it.

I agree the amount of support that they receive is amazing.
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