gluttonous sink hole eats eight rare Corvettes

Michael James

A sink hole in a car museum has eaten eight rare Corvettes

Mother Nature has caused a lot of havoc, and her strange ways now include swallowing eight rare Chevrolet Corvettes formerly showcased peacefully in an automobile museum.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., where the sports cars are manufactured, has reported a sink hole 40 feet across and as deep as 30 feet deep has caused what could a total loss of the cars.

A sink hole in a car museum has eaten eight rare Corvettes
The sink hole that ate Corvettes in Bowling Green, Ky. Image courtesy National Corvette Museum.

According to a museum spokesperson, here’s what happened:

“We received a call at 5:44 a.m. from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the museum. 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. The Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep.”

The eight Corvettes affected include:

A 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 ‘Blue Devil’ on loan from General Motors and six Corvettes owned by the National Corvette Museum including:

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.

“Sinkholes such as these aren’t uncommon in the area, given the karst landscape (soluble rock),” according to Jason Polk, an assistant professor of geography and geology at Western Kentucky University.

The total value of the cars has not been determined.

Article Last Updated: April 22, 2014.

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