sinkhole-1Early on the morning of February 12th, a large sinkhole opened in the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum, swallowing up eight prized, irreplaceable Corvettes. The cars are slowly being removed, and the staff at NCM has pledged to have the museum fully operational in time for the grand opening of the all-new race track across the street.

While the Skydome area is off-limits for obvious reasons while the Corvettes are retrieved and the damage is repaired, the rest of the Museum is open for business. There’s even a viewing window to compliment the live webcam so you can see the restoration progress being made in the Skydome

sinkhole-2General Motors has already pledged to step in and supervise repairs to the eight damaged Corvettes, and an outpouring of support has surely lifted the spirits of the Corvette Museum’s staff. Engineers and construction workers are moving at a feverish pace to get the facility back up to snuff, so visitors can see the world’s coolest collection of America’s Sports Car.

In the meantime, two barrier walls have been constructed between the Skydome and the rest of the Corvette Museum, to keep visitors out and safe while the sunken Corvettes are raised from the Underdark. One of the walls has a plexiglass viewing window, while the other has a television linked to a live-feed camera so Corvette fans can watch progress be made in real time. As long as no more issues (or sinkholes) crop up, the museum should re-open that section by the target date of August.