Sinkhole draws visitors to Corvette museum

17:00, Jun 26 2014
Rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a sinkhole that emerged at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in the US.
Rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a sinkhole that emerged at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in the US.
The sinkhole that swallowed a number of rare Chevrolet Corvette cars at the National Corvette Musuem in Kentucky in the US.
The sinkhole that swallowed a number of rare Chevrolet Corvette cars at the National Corvette Musuem in Kentucky in the US.
Rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a sinkhole that emerged at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in the US.
Rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a sinkhole that emerged at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in the US.
Rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a sinkhole that emerged at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in the US.
Rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a sinkhole that emerged at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in the US.
Workers look on after extracting the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil" from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Workers look on after extracting the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil" from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 12-metre sinkhole opened up under the museum on February 12, 2014 swallowing eight collector cars, including the historic one millionth Corvette built in 1992.
Workers set the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil" on the ground after using a crane to recover it from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Workers set the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil" on the ground after using a crane to recover it from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 12-metre sinkhole opened up under the museum on February 12, 2014 swallowing eight collector cars, including the historic one millionth Corvette built in 1992.
Workers use a crane to recover the first Chevrolet Corvette, the 2009 Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil," from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Workers use a crane to recover the first Chevrolet Corvette, the 2009 Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil," from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 12-metre sinkhole opened up under the museum on February 12, 2014 swallowing eight collector cars, including the historic one millionth Corvette built in 1992.
Workers use a crane to recover the first Chevrolet Corvette, the 2009 Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil," from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Workers use a crane to recover the first Chevrolet Corvette, the 2009 Corvette ZR-1 "Blue Devil," from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 12-metre sinkhole opened up under the museum on February 12, 2014 swallowing eight collector cars, including the historic one millionth Corvette built in 1992.

A massive sinkhole that swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in the US has become such a popular attraction that officials want to preserve it.

They may even put one or two of the crumpled cars back inside the hole.

The board of the museum in Kentucky voted to preserve a large section of the sinkhole that opened beneath the museum in February.

Stingray concept car, "Sideswipe" from the Transformers movie, outside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
Stingray concept car, "Sideswipe" from the Transformers movie, outside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A display inside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
The 1.5 millionth Corvette outside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
The 1.5 millionth Corvette outside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A beautiful early-70’s Stingray in the parking lot outside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
A beautiful early-70’s Stingray in the parking lot outside the US National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
Every five years, Corvettes from across the US join together to make the pilgrimage to the National Corvette Museum in what is called the largest moving automotive event in the country.
Every five years, Corvettes from across the US join together to make the pilgrimage to the National Corvette Museum in what is called the largest moving automotive event in the country.
This rare 1953 Corvette, parked outside the US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was one of the first 300 made.
This rare 1953 Corvette, parked outside the US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was one of the first 300 made.
A 2010 Grand Sport Corvette takes off from the US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
A 2010 Grand Sport Corvette takes off from the US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
This 2010 Grand Sport Corvette catches some rays beneath the skydome spire at the world-famous US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
This 2010 Grand Sport Corvette catches some rays beneath the skydome spire at the world-famous US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
An exhibition called the "The World's Only Threes" outside the US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, features Corvettes from 1953, 1963, 1973, 1993, 2003 and the only 1983 in existence.
An exhibition called the "The World's Only Threes" outside the US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, features Corvettes from 1953, 1963, 1973, 1993, 2003 and the only 1983 in existence.
When customers order a Corvette from a dealer, they can choose to take delivery of it at the US National Corvette Museum. While in Bowling Green, Kentucky, they are often treated to a tour of the assembly plant and might get the opportunity to be the first person to start a brand new Corvette!
When customers order a Corvette from a dealer, they can choose to take delivery of it at the US National Corvette Museum. While in Bowling Green, Kentucky, they are often treated to a tour of the assembly plant and might get the opportunity to be the first person to start a brand new Corvette!

The damaged cars toppled like toys amid rocks, concrete and dirt. The cars carry a total value believed to exceed US$1 million (NZ$1.14 million). The cars were eventually pulled out of the giant hole to great fanfare.

Museum officials say attendance is up nearly 60 per cent from March to the start of this week. The museum sells sinkhole-related shirts, postcards and prints.

The museum struggled in prior years to keep its doors open, museum officials said.

The cars that took the plunge were a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, a 1962 black Corvette, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette.

Sinkholes are common in the area, located amid a large region of karst bedrock where many of Kentucky's largest and deepest caves run underground.

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