Corvette museum puts sinkhole survivors on display

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Sinkhole survivors on display | National Corvette Museum photos
Sinkhole survivors on display | National Corvette Museum photos
Sinkhole survivors on display | National Corvette Museum photos

As work continues to stabilize the walls of the sinkhole and the spike-like red tower that soars with and through the roof of the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum, the five cars that have been removed from the hole have been put on display in the museum’s Exhibit Hall.

Only four of the cars are in the Exhibit Hall, which primarily is occupied by a special display, GPS Adventures Maze, a display to teach youngsters about traditional and modern navigation techniques and about geocaching, a family-friendly treasure-hunting activity.

The fifth car remains in the Skydome, where it sits right behind the viewing window that allows museum visitors to watch the work within the dome.

Sometime, most likely in April, the three remaining cars will be removed from the sinkhole and they and the PPG Pace Car Corvette will join the others in a featured display in the Exhibit Hall. That display will include not only the eight vehicles, but other artifacts from the sinkhole and information about the geology of the Bowling Green, Ky., area.

In August, the damaged cars are scheduled to be transported to General Motors Design facilities in Michigan, where they are to undergo restoration.

As work continues beneath the Skydome, the museum remains open to visitors and plans continue for the museum’s big 20th anniversary celebration August 27-30The museum is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Central time), except on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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The museum is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Central time), except on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Here’s the link to the museum’s live webcam feed of the ongoing work beneath the dome:

http://www.corvettemuseum.org/webcam/camera6.shtml

Here are links to our stories about the sinkhole and the extraction of the cars:

https://journal.classiccars.com/sinkhole-damages-cars-national-corvette-museum/

https://journal.classiccars.com/third-corvette-freed-sinkhole/

https://journal.classiccars.com/surprise-fourth-corvette-emerges-sinkhole/

https://journal.classiccars.com/badly-damaged-corvette-pace-car-pulled-sinkhole/

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.