Μια τεράστια τρύπα πλάτους 12 μέτρων και βάθους 9 άνοιξε στο πάτωμα του Skydome, του Εθνικού Μουσείου της Corvette (National Corvette Museum) στο Bowling Green του Kentucky που είχε ως αποτέλεσμα να καταστραφούν 8 σπάνιες Corvette.
Στο σημείο που άνοιξε η τρύπα βρισκόταν μια μαύρη Corvette του 1962, μια PPG Pace Car του 1984, μια λευκή 1 Millionth Corvette του 1992, μια κόκκινη Corvette 40th Anniversary του 1993, μια ZR-1 Spyder του 1993, μια Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette του 2001, μια λευκή 1.5 Millionth Corvette του 2009 και μια ZR1 “Blue Devil” της ίδιας χρονιάς.
Το μουσείο ανακοίνωσε πως θα παραμείνει κλειστό μέχρις ότου μηχανικοί να αξιολογήσουν τη ζημιά, ώστε να ξεκινήσουν οι εργασίες επιδιόρθωση της.
[Πηγή: National Corvette Museum]
Press Statement from National Corvette Museum
“We received a call at 5:44am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area. The Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep.
It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident. Those cars include:
1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:
- 1962 Black Corvette
- 1984 PPG Pace Car
- 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
- 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
- 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
- 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals. The Skydome exhibit area of the Museum is a separate structure connected to the main Museum. A structural engineer is now on-site to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas. The Museum is closed to the public for the day to allow us to carefully assess the situation. We will keep everyone informed as we know more.
With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming August 27-30, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in 2014, and look forward to getting the Skydome repaired and reopened very soon.”