Imagine this: You're standing in the middle of a car museum, silently gawking at (and genuflecting before) some of the greatest automobiles you dreamed about when you were a kid. Then all of a sudden, the ground opens up and swallows the cars out of your sight. Sounds like the stuff of Hollywood, right?
Well, that's exactly what happened yesterday morning at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Fortunately, the sinkhole--a cavity in the ground usually caused by water erosion--occurred very early in the morning, so no museum visitors were around to witness (and get harmed by) it.
"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," the National Corvette Museum management said in a statement. "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. They estimated the size of the hole to be 40ft across and 25-30ft deep."
The museum management also reported that a total of eight classic Chevrolet Corvettes were damaged in the incident:
* 1962 Black Corvette
* 1984 PPG Pace Car
* 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
* 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
* 1993 ZR-1 Spyder
* 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
* 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
* 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil"
The cars were owned by the museum except for two--the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and the 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil"--which were on loan from General Motors.
While this bit of sad news is heartbreaking to any car enthusiast, we are just glad that nobody got hurt. Cars, no matter how iconic and expensive, are really just that--cars. Here's wishing for the speedy restoration of the National Corvette Museum. We also hope that the damaged Corvettes can still be repaired and brought back to their previous condition.
Photos from the National Corvette Museum's Facebook page