Corvettes in a ‘hole’ lot of trouble (updated with video)

A sinkhole has swallowed eight rare cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The hole opened up in the early hours of the morning, ending up around 12 metres wide and nine metres deep. Eight classic Corvettes had been pulled down as the earth gave way.

Chevrolet had loaned the museum two of the cars, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil. Six other cars owned by the museum were damaged; a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

The only surviving 1983 C4 Corvette was saved from falling by staff who were briefly allowed to enter the building and remove some of the remaining vehicles.

The town of Bowling Green is home to the Corvette factory, just half a mile from the museum, and sits at the edge of a karst region where caves, springs and sinkholes are common.

Despite the collapse, the museum remains open.

Images and video courtesy of the National Corvette Museum.

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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