Sinkhole Opens Under Corvette Museum and Destroys Eight Unique Vettes

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that there has been a tragic accident at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. A large sinkhole opened under the museum and a portion of the Skydome floor has collapsed, taking eight Corvettes with it.

Two of the cars were on-loan form General Motors , a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” . The other six cars were all museum-owned - 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.

Thankfully none of the cars damaged were on loan from individuals, and many of the museums most valuable pieces were not affected. As of yesterday at 17:12 hours, the NCM posted to their Facebook that all remaining vehicles in the Skydome had been removed to prevent further damage.

Among the cars spared from the destruction was the Museum’s irreplaceable 1983 Corvette, the only model ever produced for that year.

Click past the jump to read more about some of these unique models and for a short video from the museum.

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The 1.5 Millionth Corvette is a 2009 Convertible model that was specced out with the 3LT package and the Z51 Performance Package. The car was purchased new by the NCM and was ordered in white with a red interior, the exact same color scheme that all 300 of the original 1953 Corvettes were created in. As you can see in the photo, it has also had a dark stripe package added.

1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette

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Ruby is a 1993 40th Anniversary model Corvette that was donated to the museum by Hill and Karen Clark. The car was a gift for Hill’s 50th birthday. Hill had previously owned a 1970 LT-1 Corvette, but sold it when his daughter was born. Our photo here is of a convertible painted in an identical color, but the actual Ruby that sits in the sinkhole is a coupe.

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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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