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Friday, July 18, 2014
Corvette Museum to Keep Sinkhole Portion, Display Cars in Cave
As a memorial to the homies it lost, the National Corvette Museum will leave part of the giant sinkhole that swallowed eight rare Corvettes as a permanent exhibit.
The museum, which has enjoyed a 59-percent spike in visitor volume since it put the “Great 8” wreckage on display, said it decided against filling the abyss to retain “this new part of history.”
Retained will be a hole that’s 30-feet deep, 25-feet long and 45-feet wide—a mere fraction of the original opening—with a “dirt embankment” in the cave below where one or two cars can be displayed. Later, if the museum grows tired of the sinkhole saga, the square void can be covered.
“We have to look at creative ways to generate interest in the museum,” executive director Wendell Strode said on the museum’s blog. “It would be so much easier to just be a regular automotive museum with our Corvettes on display, but we have to think outside the box.”
Construction begins in September, at which time the Bowling Green, Kentucky, museum will have celebrated its 20th anniversary and the Great 8 will take a deserved break.
While we laud the museum’s publicity efforts and its newfound fascination with speleology, had the sinkhole emerged during business hours and taken people down with it, we’d be writing a very different story.