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Author Topic: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars  (Read 4068 times)

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A sinkhole opened at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY and collapsed part of the floor under the domed section of the museum, swallowing 8 cars with it.

Here's the 8 Corvettes that ended up in the sink hole.

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

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sinkhole-swallow-eight-cars-in-national-corvette-museum-in-kentucky/
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Re: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 07:45:16 PM »

Aw, not the Mallett! I don't care much about the 1 millionth Vette (someone probably counted wrong at some point), but the Mallett was a sweet ride.

.... Wait, they opened the museum AFTER the sinkhole developed, and they haven't yet brought the engineer in to assess structural damage?

What.

The.

Hep cat.

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Re: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 08:25:42 PM »

The 1962 and the blue devil look like they can be repaired easily. The PPG is under the blue devil...
http://jalopnik.com/the-most-heartbreaking-shot-yet-of-the-corvette-museum-1521688315
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Re: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 08:44:14 PM »

Aw, not the Mallett! I don't care much about the 1 millionth Vette (someone probably counted wrong at some point)...

From what I gather, there's a tremendous amount of recorded data from the various Corvette groups out there, plus automakers typically keep good records. There's no way a GM Y-body could wind up as anything else (and it never did until the Cadillac XLR).

I don't think stuff like the "millionth car" is worth much more of a premium; it would have just its value steady while most other C4s - save Grand Sports and ZR1s - languish in collector's value.

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Re: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2014, 08:31:04 PM »

GM has stepped up to help.  The GM Design branch has said they will restore the damaged cars, at no cost to the museum.  Now, they only have to figure out how to get them out of the sinkhole.
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Re: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2014, 08:33:22 PM »

It should have been the National Hyundai Museum.
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Re: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2014, 10:03:58 PM »

Even retrieving the cars on top in the bottom of the hole would be tricky, how close would you want to park an expensive crane to pluck them out of the hole ?

And who volunteers to climb down in the pit an lashes them to the rigging ?

And it appears there are only 2 or 3 of the 8 even visible.  I'm thinking this is going to be quite a difficult recovery, if it is even possible.

The first cars in (assuming the floor imploded in stages) would be beneath the (concrete?) floor that subsequently fell in, what would be left of them ?


(this is just so awful)
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Re: Sinkhole collapses part of National Corvette Museum in KY -swallows 8 cars
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 07:48:46 AM »

I just wonder if it's worth several million (an off-the-cuff estimate) just to rescue and restore a mere million dollars worth of cars...

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Update: the extraction process has begun. The Blue Devil ZR1 was the first to come out, and started up and drove off.
http://jalopnik.com/watch-a-corvette-zr1-drive-off-after-being-pulled-from-1535393789
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I wish them the best, but it seems that is a pretty scary operation.  Is the sink hole done growing ?  If the crane winds up in the hole that would be ungood.
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