Phoenix Rising – Historical Look Back on the National Corvette Museum Sinkhole 2014

On February 12, 2014 at approximately 5:28 AM, a sinkhole developed within the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky resulting in the near loss of eight rare Corvettes on loan from both General Motors and private owners.

As Corvette owners and enthusiasts, we enjoy and respect the 50+ years of glorious history behind the Corvette marque. From the birth of the Corvette as a weak-powered boulevard cruiser to the current-day “force-to-be reckoned with”, we’ve followed the Corvette’s maturation process over the years and enjoyed the many high points and some of the low points that have comprised its history.

The sinkhole that consumed those eight Corvettes on the morning of February 12th will forever be considered one of the lowest points in Corvette history.

Thankfully, with the help of NCM staff, construction workers responsible for the rescue of these Corvettes, General Motors, and enthusiasts all over the world, we hope that all eight Corvettes will be able to be restored to their former glory, and this unfortunate event will become but a mere blemish in Corvette’s long and magnificent past.

VetteTube has done a fantastic job at compiling pictures, videos, news-related articles and press releases regarding this event which is listed below.

I’ve also listed many of the sources of the information compiled – especially the National Corvette Museum. I encourage all of our readers to visit these links and learn more about the National Corvette Museum. If you too wish to help with the recovery effort, check out the National Corvette’s donation page highlighted below.

-Rob Loszewski

Links / Credits:

National Corvette Museum

National Corvette Museum BlogSpot

National Corvette Museum Donations

National Corvette Museum Facebook Page

National Corvette Museum – Live Stream of the Skydome Restoration

National Corvette Museum Twitter Page

National Corvette Museum YouTube Channel

General Motors Media

News Items and Press Releases

Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant / National Corvette Museum News Forum

GM Press Release:  Chevrolet to Oversee Restoration of Historic Corvettes

GM Press Release:  Out of Sinkhole, ZR-1 ‘Blue Devil’ Drives in Museum

GM Press Release:  Three of Eight Corvettes Removed from Museum Sinkhole

GM FastLane:  Chevy Classics Profile Series: 1962 Black Corvette and 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette

GM FastLane:  2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” and 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette

GM FastLane:  1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 1984 PPG Pace Car

Photos / Videos:

Sinkhole Photos – Corvette History – VetteTube Gallery

Video:  National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Security Camera Footage

Video:  National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Collapse – Security Footage Video 2

Video:  National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Video 3 – Helicopter Shots

Video:  National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Footage – Helicopter Shots

Video:  National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Video 5 – Helicopter Shots

Video:  National Corvette Museum Press Conference – February 13, 2014

Video:  CNN Interviews Corvette Museum Director Wendell Strode about the Sinkhole

Video:  National Corvette Museum founding prez talks about sinkhole

Video:  National Corvette Museum Local News Report – Sinkhole Status Update – Feb 19, 2014

Video:  Week 1 Time Lapse Video of Corvette Museum Skydome Work – Feb 25, 2014

Video:  First Sinkhole Corvette Cranks Up! – March 3, 2014

Video:  2009 Corvette ZR1 RECOVERED from NCM Sinkhole! – March 3, 2014

Video:  Recovery of 40th Anniversary Edition Corvette from NCM Sinkhole – March 3, 2014

Video:  News Report: First 2 Corvettes pulled from Bowling Green sinkhole – March 3, 2014

Video:  1962 Corvette Pulled from National Corvette Museum Sinkhole – March 4, 2014

Video:  1993 40th Corvette Recovery – National Corvette Museum – March 4, 2014

Video:  1962 Corvette Recovery from NCM Sinkhole – March 5, 2014

Video:  Millionth Corvette Pushed into National Corvette Museum – March 5, 2014

Video:  1984 Corvette PPG Pace Car coming up – March 5, 2014

Video:  1984 Corvette PPG Pace Car Recovery at NCM – March 5, 2014

Video:  4 Down, 4 to Go: Emotions Run High in Corvette Sinkhole Rescue – March 5, 2014

Video:  The recovery of the 1 Millionth Corvette – March 6, 2014

Video:  1984 Corvette PPG Pace Car Recovery – March 6, 2014

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