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Visitors Can See Corvette Museum Sinkhole Through Summer

Visitors Can See Corvette Museum Sinkhole Through Summer

CREATED Jun 6, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Visitors to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, can continue to see the sinkhole that swallowed eight classic cars throughout the summer.

After the 40-foot by 60-foot sinkhole opened up on February 12, the Museum said they have seen a nearly 50 percent increase in attendance over the same time period in 2013. The increase in attendance as well as expressed interest in seeing the sinkhole and the damaged cars led to officials deciding to delay construction until after their 20th Anniversary Celebration from August 27-30.

"We have about 6,500 Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world pre-registered for our event so far, and many of them have expressed an interest in seeing the damaged cars as well as the sinkhole,” Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum, said in a statement. “Determining the best method for repairing it and getting bids on the construction work has been a time consuming process also. In the grand scheme of things, we felt it would be best to delay construction a few months to give all of our visitors the opportunity to see it."

The last of the eight cars was recovered from the hole in April, and the damaged cars have been on display at the museum.

"We started with a Plexiglas viewing window so guests could see the construction going on inside the Skydome, and eventually the recovery of the Corvettes," Frassinelli continued. "We always had one web cam available inside the Skydome, and due to the growing interest and popularity we added two more so our online visitors could get additional angles to view what was going on."

On June 25, the Museum’s board of directors will meet to review proposals and several options on the building repairs, and make a decision on the repairs to the Skydome. Those options range from keeping all of the sinkhole to leaving a small portion of it, or restoring the building to the way it was before.

The Corvettes that are not restored will be kept on display in the Museum's Skydome, as part of preserving and telling the story of the February 12th sinkhole collapse.

In the coming days, the museum said they expect to hit their 3-millionth visitor since opening in September 1994.

For more information on the Museum, visit their website at www.corvettemuseum.org or call 800-538-3883.