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Corvette Museum Sink Hole

I have been into Corvettes since I was very little. I remember my favorite toy as a child was a 1953 white plastic Corvette. I have owned over 25 Corvettes and have visited the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green KY on many occasions. My wife and I followed all the photos and stories on the Corvette Museum Sink Hole with great sorrow.

We recently returned to the Museum for our first visit since the disaster and thought we were prepared for what we would see but we were mistaken. The damage to some of the cars was far worse than we had expected. The Museum is a must see for any car enthusiast but the Sink Hole and its damaged Corvette victims is hard to describe.

Sink Hole

This is an image of the sink hole after all the cars were removed. The cave in occurred at night when the museum was empty. Can you imagine the loss of life it had been open?

Photo is before the sink hole in approximately the same location.

This photo was taken a number of years ago but the location is no longer there. It is close to the same as the image above. Previously, it was not uncommon to find many people milling around in these areas.

Blue Devil ZR-1 Concept

The “Blue Devil” was one of the last cars to “go in”. Its damage is very minor.

Blue Devil ZR1 Concept

Even some of the small rocks from the sink hole remain the the grill opening.

1993 Anniversary Corvette

This 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette was donated to the Museum by Karen and Hill Clark who purchased the car new. Its damage is significant but restoreable.

1991 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder Concept Car BEFORE!

This is a picture I took of the 1991 Corvette Spyder several years ago when it was on display in the Museum. It was the first concept car built on the regular assembly line. It started life as a silver car with yellow interior.

1991 ZR-1 Spyder AFTER!

Today, you have to be told what it was!

1,000,000 Corvette

The 1,000,000 Corvette is a milestone in Corvette history but it is now nearly destroyed. Should a car like this be restored or left as is? This car was built on July 2, 1992.

1,500,000 Corvette

As badly damaged as the 1,000,000 Corvette is the 1,500,000 appears to be even worse!

1,500,000 Corvette

This car was built on May 28, 2009.

1,500,000 Corvette

If GM did restore this car how much of it would still be the 1,500,000 parts? How about building an authentic tribute car and keeping this one next to it for future display?

PPG Corvette 1984 Pace Car

I remember well the excitement of the PPG Indy Pace Car collection from back in the early 90s. They did some fantastic cars that actually paced the Indy Car races. This 1989 PPG Corvette was actually on display at the Museum when it opened its doors for the first time back on September 2, 1994.

PPG Pace Car

This is another car that would require extensive replacement of parts to be restored.

2001 Mallette ZO6 Corvette

As the owner of a 2001 ZO6 Corvette the site of this Mallette ZO6 made me a little sick. It had 700 HP with 575 Torque.

2001 Mallette ZO6 Corvette

At first when the sink hole was discovered this car was missing, it could not be located. It was one of the first to “go in” and was completely covered. It obviously had some very heavy boulders fall in on top of it.

2001 Mallette ZO6 Corvette

The damage is so extensive that from some angles it appears to be a single seater!

2001 Mallette ZO6 Corvette

 

2001 Mallette ZO6 Corvette

We have not shown you all the cars but this is all I could stand to post. We will bring you a report on the rest of the Museum that went undamaged in the near future.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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