Sinkhole Corvettes.
Article By David Gakumo Migwi


The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY experienced a nasty surprise just before 6AM this morning when a sinkhole approximately 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep opened up and swallowed eight rare and prestigious American sports cars. When the ground opened, luckily, the museum was still closed for the night, and nobody was injured, but the list of Corvettes lost is certainly disheartening. The sinkhole set off an alarm within the museum, and the local fire department was notified. Upon arrival, they found a large hole in the floor of the Sky Dome “hall of fame” section of the museum, with a number of special cars resting subterranean.

While some of the cars appear salvageable, certainly a few will be reduced to no more than scrap. The damaged cars include two cars currently on loan from General Motors; a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”, as well as six vehicles owned by the museum itself; a 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, the 1 Millionth Corvette, the 1.5 Millionth Corvette, a Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Car, and a Mallett Hammer C5 Z06.  Some of these cars, as you can tell, are one of a kind, and can never be replaced.

Some Of The Corvettes In Before And After Sinkhole Massacre. 1984 PPG Pace Car,1993 ZR-1 Spyder,1.5 Millionth Corvette (2009),2001 “Mallett Hammer” ZO6

1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th Anniversary, colour Ruby Red Which was one of the 6,749 in the production line of this special edition were made.

40th Anniversary Corvette

1993 ZR-1 Spyder Was on loan from the museum Of GM at the time of the sinkhole tragedy.The car featured number of unique features including;hood,front quarter panel vents,lowered side glass and a lower windshield.In the background is a 1962 Tuxedo Black Corvette and one of a kind 1984 PPG Pace Car.

ZR-1 Spyder After Damage

The 1.5 Millionth Corvette,year 2009 make l,suffered some of the worst damage in the sinkhole.

1.5 Millionth Corvette After Damage

•1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan)

Inside Bowling Green Showroom.This One Was On Loan From GM
After Damage From Sinkhole
Evacuation Continues
ZR-1 Spyder,Manual 6 Speed Gearbox,This one Was A Killa Machine.
On Mission To Recover The ZR-1 Spyder
Rescue Mission 101
Sunk In The Sinkhole
Totally Damaged
Recovering The ZR-1 Spyder
On A Trolley Inside Bowling Green

•2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” prototype (on loan)

After Damage,Now Sitting Inside Bowling Green
March 3rd 2014,Blue Devil Was The First Car To Be Recovered From The Sinkhole, It Had Minimal Damage.
You Could Think It’s On Display But Nope,Its On Rescue Mode.
Inside The Showroom,Clean,Stunting And Amazing Car.
ZR1 Blue Devil Was The First One To Be Rescued,On The Left Is 1962 Corvette.
Rescue Mission On Going
During Display, #ChevroletProwess
Isn’t This Just An Amazing Piece Of Joy?
ZR1 Corvette,Behind Is 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette
After Successfully Rescuing The First Corvette.
2009 “Blue Devil” Corvette Prototype.

•1962 Corvette

2nd Car To Be Removed From Sinkhole.1962 Corvette.
’62 Corvette Just Inside The Sinkhole.
This Was Another Corvette Which Had Minimal Damage On It.
1962 Corvette On Display Mode After Being Removed From Sinkhole.

•1984 PPG Pace Car

One Of The Most Rear Corvettes.
Rear Side Of The 1984 PPG Pace Car
Just From The Sinkhole.
Rescue Mode 101
Still On Rescue Mode.
After It Has Been Removed From The Sinkhole.
Inside The Bowling Green Showroom.Notice The Inversed Hood Scoop?
Killa Corvette 🙂
Notice The Damage? All The Rear Side Gone.
Totally Wrecked.
Pace Car Sinkhole Extraction.
1984 PPG Pace Car, Masterpiece Of It’s Own Kind

•1992 1 millionth Corvette

By 1992 Corvettes Had Hit 1Million. Quite A Remarkable Journey.
1992,Car On Display Is Chevrolet Corvette, The 1 Millionth Car.
1 Millionth Corvette Lying In The Sinkhole.
Damage On The 1 Millionth Corvette
Vette Being Lifted.
On Horizontal Display.
Same Car,Different Years Of Make.
Just After A Successful Rescue.

•1993 40th Anniversary Corvette

1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette.
From The Sinkhole.
Display Without Any Thing Done On It After Sinkhole Recovery.
The Rear Side.
Scratches On The Corvette
Ruby Red On The 40th Anniversary Corvette.
No Serious Damage Compared To The Mallett Hammer And the 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

•2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06

2001 Mallett Hammer Corvette. This Is Just A Wow Piece.
Mallett Hammer Was The Last Corvette To Be Rescued,It Also Suffered The Worst Damage. April 9 2014. Barely 37 Days After The Blue Devil Was Removed From The Same Sinkhole.
Mallett Hammer Was Buried Deep Inside The Soil.
You Can Clearly See The Damage How it impacted On The Mallett Hammer Corvette.
Some Of The Remains From The Car Body. (Mallett Corvette)
Mallett Corvette Being Pulled Out Of The Sinkhole.
Inside Bowling Green ShowRoom.

•2009 1.5 millionth Corvette.

Another Car That Suffered Damage Was This One,1.5 Million Corvette.
On Display, Behind Is The Counterpart,Mallett Corvette.
April 3rd 2014
This Was The Second Last Car To Be Removed.One Month After The First Corvette (Blue Devil) Was Removed From The Same Sinkhole.
On Display Inside Bowling Green Showroom.

On March 3, 2014, the 2009 Blue Devil was the first car recovered and despite significant damage was started and driven out of the Sky dome. The 1.5 millionth Corvette and Mallet Corvette were the last cars pulled from the sinkhole, on April 3 and April 9, respectively – after workers were initially unable to find them amid the collapsed earth.

All Photos Are Credit To The Owners.