February 12, 2014 – On top of the quagmire in Detroit caused by a record number of water main breaks comes this: A sinkhole opened in the display area of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky early this morning, swallowing eight display vehicles. Measuring roughly forty feet across and approximately 25 to 30 feet deep, the hole reportedly opened up about 5:40 a.m., sounding an alarm in the museum and alerting Bowling Green’s Fire Department to the incident.
Of the eight cars swallowed by the sinkhole, six were owned by the museum and two – a ’93 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR-1 Blue Devil – were on loan from General Motors. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, and the balance of the Museum has remained open. Other vehicles damaged in the drop and – at this writing – yet to be fully examined include a 1962 Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a ’92 1,000,000th Corvette, a ’93 40th Anniversary Corvette, an ’01 Mallett Hammer ZO6 and a 2009 1,500,000th Corvette.
Bowling Green sits atop what is described as Kentucky’s largest ‘karst’ region, boasting – if that’s the word – many of the state’s longest and/or deepest caves. It’s assumed this might have precipitated this morning’s calamity and not, as was initially feared, a woman at the helm of GM.