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Sinkhole Corvettes: What’s Happening Next

    April 26, 2014
    Chris Tepedino
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Some the “Great 8” Corvettes, which fell into a sinkhole after the sinkhole opened up in the National Corvette Museum, may not be fixed, according to the latest CNN report. The damage, especially to the last three of four of the cars pulled out the sinkhole, has been that extensive.

“The last three or four cars that came out of the sinkhole…we didn’t expect them to come out looking quite that bad,” Dana Forrester, lead Corvette restoration member of the museum’s board of directors, told CNN in a phone interview.

Next month, the museum’s board of directors plans to meet with independent restorers and General Motors to determine what course of action to take regarding the damaged Corvettes. The most damage occurred to the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 and the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder. The Mallett Hammer was the last car pulled out of the sinkhole on April 9.

Meanwhile, team members involved with the National Corvette Museum’s sinkhole recovery are analyzing why the sinkhole occurred at all. The team exploring the sinkhole found caves in the sinkhole, which Dr. Jason Polk, part of the WKU cave and karst team, said “is not surprising,” according to the National Corvette Museum’s blog.

“You don’t typically have sinkholes without caves or voids of some type below them, so this finding was not surprising,” Polk said.

He also stated that they found mineral deposits, which indicate that there are dry regions in the northern part of the cave. This means that the caves present in the sinkhole are thousands of years old and were there before the construction of the museum.

The team is also exploring ways to rebuild the floor of the museum, though the museum is interested in preserving a part of the sinkhole, “helping to tell the story of what is now Museum and Corvette history.”

“We will continue to explore these ideas as the process has not moved along far enough to know if keeping a portion of the hole is feasible or not,” said Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the Museum. “The interest in our sinkhole and the rescued Corvettes has been more than expected, and our attendance for March was up 56% over March of last year.”

She added, “Our special display focusing on this event is now open in our Exhibit Hall. Current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests through the summer and especially the thousands attending our 20th Anniversary Celebration will have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole for themselves.”

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  • Bill Foxx

    Cars can be restored, insurance should be able to cover all the costs of full restoration. None of these were million dollar cars they all have parts and components that are still available. There are plenty of Corvette restoration businesses in California that would love to do the work.
    Corvettes are an iconic part of American Automotive History and we should spare no expense to fully restore these automobiles.
    The Corvette is an example of what engineers can accomplish and build when no accountants or attorneys are involved in the design process.

    Bill Foxx

  • Steve

    “Sinkhole Corvettes” would be a fantastic name for a band.

  • jake

    Send ’em out to Rick on American Restoratioin he’ll have done in 3 weeks! Or the Gas Monkeys they can have it by friday!!

  • Alan Barnes

    Shore up the sides of the sinkhole, run a stairway down to the bottom, and put the damaged cars back down there as a display…..

  • 2eREP

    Perhaps they should just display them on the “Lower Level” of the museum.