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Old 02-12-2014, 09:05 AM   #1
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Giant sink hole inside the National Corvette Museum

Just got an email from them. Eight Vettes affected. At least two inside a huge hole in the Skydome area.


Sinkhole Collapses in Skydome
We received a call at 5:44am 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.

It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident.

Those cars include:

1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
The other six vehicles were 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
None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals. The Skydome exhibit area of the Museum is a separate structure connected to the main Museum. A structural engineer is now on-site to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas. The Museum is closed to the public for the day to allow us to carefully assess the situation. We will keep everyone informed as we know more.

With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming August 27-30, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in 2014, and look forward to getting the Skydome repaired and reopened very soon.

A couple early pictures here:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/02/12...swallows-cars/

There are caves all over the place around that part of the country. Last year I visited the Vette museum and then went on to Mammoth Cave national park which is only about 30 miles away. The tour guides told us about the near endless miles of caves in the area and the problems they caused.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:40 AM   #2
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:38 AM   #3
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That's a bitch. Visited there mid-'90s and was impressed with the variety of cars.

Hope their insurance was paid up. Some very unhappy private owners will be on the war path.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:55 AM   #4
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Didn't loose the '83....
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:06 PM   #5
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They should check for tunnels. Somebody wanted the five finger discount.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:23 PM   #6
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Didn't loose the '83....
That's a rare one.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #7
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:29 PM   #8
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That's a rare one.
The year of the 305
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Kentucky is covered in Karst Topography.
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Damn, that's a shame, I stopped in there a couple years ago, very nice display.

I also did the Corvette factory tour, that was great.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:15 PM   #11
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The year of the 305
The year of not making one as they retooled for the C4.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:37 PM   #12
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Didn't loose the '83....

Lose.


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The year of not making one as they retooled for the C4.
There were a few. Supposedly the build quality for the '83 was so bad they delayed it until '84.
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Meh.
The '62 is the only one that I would cry about. Thankfully, it's still visible in the one pic.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:09 PM   #15
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Kentucky is covered in Karst Topography.
Yeah, some if the pics I saw on TV the limestone block fractures were clearly visible. Just wait for the sping melt to open that hole REALLY big. They'll probably have to move the whole thing.

Glad I'm not the geotech guy that signed the drawings. The limestone layer looked like it was at 20' bgs, geotech borings usually stop at less than 10' bgs or bed rock for a single story structure. Unless your in karst country. They should have rock cored that to 50'+.

Oh well easy to second guess stuff after the fact. Good thing is no one got hurt.
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