- Nomination For Sinkhole of the Year
We’ve seen enough to know that the corvette sinkhole disaster is on our short list for the Sinkhole of the Year Competition, even though entries may be submitted by mother nature throughout 2014, with results not to be decided until early in 2015.
The National Corvette Museum tragedy of February 12, 2014 is a heartbreaker in our book. A total of eight corvettes met their sinking fate in a gut-wrenching collapse underneath the Kentucky museum. The extent of the holocaust was reported in WZZM’s original corvette sinkhole report (http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/weird/2014/02/12/sinkhole-corvette-museum/5420867/):
Cars involved in the incident, which occurred inside the museum's iconic spire called the Sky Dome, are these:
1962 black Corvette
1984 PPG pace car
1992 white 1 millionth Corvette
1993 ruby red 40th anniversary Corvette
1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
2009 white 1.5 millionth Corvette
2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" on loan from General Motors
Wendell Strode, the Executive Director of the museum said the event was pretty significant. We appreciate the power of his understatement. A lot of very special metal got swallowed up in that muddy mess. There’s a lot going on underground in the Bowling Green area:
Bowling Green — about 60 miles northeast of Nashville, Tenn., and 100 miles southwest of Louisville, Ky. — is at the edge of a karst region where caves, springs and sinkholes are common. The main entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park is about 30 miles northeast of the city, but that cave system has more than 400 miles that have been explored.
We’ve been watching the progress of removing the eight sports cars via live webcam, and number seven was just hauled out today, almost two months after the collapse occurred.
"While the car appears to be in really rough condition, most of the major components are still there and provides a great base to work off of," said Adam Boca of the NCM Insurance Agency and a member of the Museum's Display Committee.
Well, at least they had insurance. WPEC-TV, also posted a “sinkhole corvette video” of the latest act of exhumation. (http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_14674.shtml). You be the judge of whether the unburial was carried out in a reverent fashion:
We hope that this is the worst sinkhole of the year. But when something like this happens, we start imagining the places where a sinkhole event would truly shock us. You just never know.
If you have a nomination, let us know.