Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kentucky Sinkhole Swallows Vintage Corvettes

This should make Mustang Bobby shed a tear. It's small consolation that similar things sometimes happen to ancient musical instruments. The sinkhole occurred in the middle of the National Corvette Museum:

(Photos: Zora Dunlov. Follow the link to an index of her beautiful photos in hi-res images, many of intact Corvettes... a real pleasure to view.)

According to the National Corvette Museum, the following eight Corvettes were affected:

Two belonging to GM:
  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
Six belonging to the Museum:
  • 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
Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the Corvettes in time for some upcoming events later this year.


  1. A couple of friends with connections to the museum report that they are counting their blessings. The cars can be restored and no one was hurt.

    Geology can be interesting.

    1. I'm glad no one was hurt, MB. As you say, cars can be restored.

      Someone in comments at the NCM site remarked on the apparent lack of rebar in the floor at the edge of the hole. Corvettes may not be heavy as cars go, but it does seem peculiar that a structure built above karst would not have all kinds of reinforcement of the floor under the cars.



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