February 14, 2014 – In an almost-exclusive report here on February 12th, you first – OK, almost first – read of the structural calamity at the National Corvette Museum. On Wednesday morning, around 5:40 a.m., a sinkhole opened in the display area of the museum, swallowing eight historical ‘Vettes and, of course, threatening the museum’s entire collection. Thankfully, no one was in the museum at the time; damage was limited to the eight cars and the building itself.
Less than 36 hours later GM has indicated restoration of the damaged Corvettes will be overseen by Chevrolet; General Motors Design in Warren, Michigan will lead the project. As Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM’s Global Product Development put it, “there can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.” Mr. Reuss, in off-the-record remarks, also disputed assertions that the almost-radical redesign of the C7 had anything to do with the subsequent sinkhole at the museum, while C5 and C6 loyalists remain unsure.
The National Corvette Museum is independently owned, with support coming from charitable donations. In short, there’s still time to cancel the dozen roses and make a tax-deductible donation to the museum. All they need is love…
And on a related note, there’s apparently no validity to the rumored loan of eight Pontiac Fieros to the museum while those eight Corvettes undergo restoration. After further (and exhaustive) investigation we learned Fiero owners, some twenty-five years after the car’s abrupt cancellation, still do not come forward.