This morning at 5:44 AM, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky received a call from their security company saying that their motion sensors were going off. Little did they know that a massive sinkhole had opened up in the Skydome, which is where the museum’s best collection is housed.
Swallowing eight Corvettes, two of them being ZR1s, the sinkhole is said to be 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep. Within the last couple of hours, NCM released footage from their security cameras in the Skydome of the sinkhole opening up, and coming from a bunch of Corvette-heads, this footage is tragic. One big question we had was how fast it happened, and from the looks of the footage, it happened pretty quick – quick enough that it wouldn’t have mattered if there was anybody in the Skydome to even attempt to save any of the prized vehicles.
However, a reader of Jalopnik sent in screenshots earlier today from NCM’s website showing all of the staff helping move the rest of the Corvettes in the Skydome to safety just in case the sinkhole were to open up any more that it already has. We can just imagine how tragic and hectic this morning has been for the NCM staff between losing priceless pieces of Corvette history and the damage done to the museum – a sad day for Corvette enthusiasts.
If you wish to donate to the National Corvette Museum to help with repairs, you can make a tax-deductible contribution here.