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Sinkhole Corvettes May Not Be Restored

National Corvette Museum

Who could forget the giant sinkhole that opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky; which swallowed up 8 collectible Corvettes? The cars have all been recovered now, but it seems that GM may be having second thoughts about restoring all of them.

Since the incident has become a notable part of Corvette history, GM may keep some of the damaged cars on display at the museum permanently on display. The museum is also considering preserving a portion of the sinkhole itself.

This may be the wisest plan, since not all of the cars that plunged into the sinkhole may be fit for restoration. GM design, marketing and engineering representatives plan to meet in May to determine which are salvageable, and which are best left to illustrate the story to museum guests. Currently, all of the damaged Corvettes are on display at the museum, expected to remain there throughout the summer.

“Current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests through the summer and especially the thousands attending our 20th Anniversary Celebration will have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole,” Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, said in a statement.

A group that included architects and geologists from the University of Kentucky, along with the museum’s sinkhole and remediation team met last week to hammer out construction plans to rebuild the floor where the incident occurred. It is thought that the sinkhole was caused when a portion of a cave roof collapsed. The area is famous for it’s underground caves in the area.

The final car to be rescued from the earth was a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, on April 9. “It is, by far, the most heavily damaged of all eight,” the museum said in a statement.

The National Corvette Museum is not owned by GM, it is a charitable nonprofit organization. It has received $75,000 in donations since the accident. Two of the cars that plunged into the earth, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder were on loan from GM.

The other six Corvettes were owned by the museum. They included the 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette, the 1992 white 1-millionth Corvette, the 40th anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, the 1984 PPG Pace Car and a 1962 black Corvette.

By Linda Aylesworth|

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