Corvettes and sinkholes

Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at Corvette museum

Mark Boxley, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal12:09 p.m. EST February 12, 2014
The 'Sky Dome' at the National Corvette Museum.

The ‘Sky Dome’ at the National Corvette Museum.  By Jim Roshan, Special to The Courier-Journal
  • The 'Sky Dome' at the National Corvette Museum.
  • Corvettes are on display in the 'Sky Dome' at The National Corvette Museum.
  • The front of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Corvettes are on display at The National Corvette Museum.
  • This sign at the entrance guides people to the Corvette museum in Bowling Green, Ky. May 23, 1997.
  • A portrait of Zora Arkus-Duntov chief engineer of the Corvette was on display outside of the Cheverolet theatre on May 27, 1997.
  • J. R. Moffett looked at a 1959 Corvette in a period showroom at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. He drove from Fort Knox to tour the museum.
  • Tracey Arand and Steve Meyman look at the display of Corvettes in Skydome of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Ky. May 23, 1997.
  • Tracey Arand on left and Steve Meyman look at the display of pictures of Corvettes as they stand in front of painting a Corvette. May 27, 1997.
  • Corvettes are on display at The National Corvette Museum.
  • A Tour Guide talks to a group of school kids at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Monday morning, May 20, 2002.

The museum is almost 20 years old.

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A sinkhole formed Wednesday under the National Corvette Museumhere, swallowing eight cars, according to its executive director.

Some time before 5:30 a.m. CT, the sinkhole started to form, authorities believe. By 5:44 a.m. motion detectors were going off and police were called, Executive Director Wendell Strode said. The incident originally was thought to be a fire.

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When emergency personnel got to the museum, they discovered a sinkhole 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep, Strode said.>

“It’s pretty significant,” he said.

Bowling Green — about 60 miles northeast of Nashville, Tenn., and 100 miles southwest of Louisville, Ky. — is at the edge of a karst region where caves, springs and sinkholes are common. The main entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park is about 30 miles northeast of the city, but that cave system has more than 400 miles that have been explored.

The National Corvette Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in August. Of the eight cars that fell into the hole,the museum owned six and General Motors owned two. GM’s Corvette plant where present-day Corvettes are manufactured is across a highway less than a half mile from the museum.

Cars involved in the incident, which occurred inside the museum’s iconic spire called the Sky Dome, are these:

 

  • 1962 black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG pace car
  • 1992 white 1 millionth Corvette
  • 1993 ruby red 40th anniversary Corvette
  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 white 1.5 millionth Corvette
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/12/corvette-museum-sinkhole/5417171/

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