General Motors Co. says work will begin in January to restore two prized Chevrolet Corvettes extracted from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green
GM has received two of the classic vehicles that were among eight gobbled up by a 40-foot-wide by 60-foot deep hole in February at the museum. Among them is the 1 millionth Corvette, a 1992 model, which had significant damage.
The 2009 Corvette known as the Blue Devil is back at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green following its restoration by General Motors.
The car was one of the eight that was swallowed by the gigantic sinkhole that opened underneath the museum in February. The restored Blue Devil was unveiled last week, but hadn't completed its journey back to Bowling Green until Tuesday.
Two more damaged Corvettes will be restored; the other five will become part of a future museum exhibit documenting the sinkhole.
The first car pulled from the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green is looking all sleek again.
General Motors unveiled the restored 2009 Blue Devil this week, which was the least damaged of the eight cars that fell into the sinkhole in February.
"I think it's exciting not just for us, but everyone who's been following this story," says NCM Marketing and Communications Director Katie Frassinelli. "As soon as pictures surfaced on the Internet of the restored car there were a lot of cheers. Everyone thought it looked beautiful and were excited to see the first step in what will be an an eight-month process."
Starting Monday, the Skydome where the sinkhole occurred will be closed for repair work which will take eight months. Afterwards, the restored Blue Devil will return to the Skydome where it will be on display.
GM also plans to restore the One-Millionth Corvette and the 1962 Tuxedo Black Corvette.
Click here for a video by Chevrolet on the restoration of the 2009 Blue Devil.
More than six months after a 45-foot sinkhole swallowed eight classic cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, the museum’s board of directors has decided the fate of the hole and the Corvettes that were rescued from its depths.
Earlier this summer, board members had strongly considered leaving part of the sinkhole intact and making it part of the museum experience. But the estimated costs associated climbed to over a million dollars.
On Saturday morning, as thousands of Corvette fans buzzed around the museum, the board decided the sinkhole would be completely filled in a project set to begin this November.
“We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit of what it was like, but after receiving more detailed pricing, the cost outweighs the benefit,” the museum’s executive director, Wendell Strode said in a written statement.
There are Corvettes aplenty in Bowling Green this weekend as the Corvette Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary and the grand opening of the adjacent Motorsports Park
The cars are already buzzing around the new Motorsports Park track across the highway from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Museum officials held a grand opening ceremony Thursday morning.
Bill Thomas from Corpus Christi, Texas is among the thousands of Corvette owners who made the trip. He says he’s anxious to take his 2014 yellow convertible Z-51 on the track.
“I haven’t been on this track yet, but we had a police escort from Little Rock, and we got up to 112 miles an hour coming up here,” said Thomas.
Corvette Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode says plans originally called for only one portion of the track to be open by now, but says the project has come in ahead of schedule.
“Because of the great support of yourselves, corporate sponsors, acre club members and many other folks that have stepped up,” Strode told the crowd gathered for the grand opening ceremony. “Not only do we have a two-mile West course, we have a one-mile East course, a three-mile combined course and a 22-acre paddock.”
It's said that every car has a story at the Corvette Homecoming
For 33 years, hundreds of the members of the very tight-knit community of Corvette owners make their way to Bowling Green for the Corvette Homecoming. It’s happened every summer since 1981 and heat can usually be the biggest weather concern. But this year, the problem was rain.
There was a steady drizzle all day Saturday in Bowling Green – not conducive to walking around and looking at Corvettes in a parking lot. The cars were still there, just not in the numbers as have been seen in past years. Most of the action was taking place inside, under the roof of the Sloan Convention Center where some of the most prized Corvettes were on display.
Fans of the car from all over the country were in attendance. For some, they make it a yearly pilgrimage.
“Just the camaraderieship. Mingling with people, having fun, talking Corvette stuff. Good stuff,” said Cedric Wingo of Clarksville, Tennessee.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green has decided to turn its unintended attraction into a permanent one.
The board of directors met Wednesday and discussed repairs options for the Skydome, the site of a February 12 sinkhole that swallowed eight cars on display.
Preliminary plans include keeping a small portion of the hole open and building over it a bridge.
"We don't know yet if we will do that, but we hope that it can be a part of it so people can walk over it and look down, and possibly place one or two of the sinkhole cars back in there to give people an idea of the depth and what it looked like when it happened," says Marketing and Communications Director Katie Frassinelli.
The sinkhole has attracted lots of gawkers with the museum reporting a 59 percent increase in visitors since March compared to the same time period last year.
Construction plans also call for converting the Skydome from two levels to one, which would enlarge the display area and make it easier to get the cars in and out of the structure.
For years, just enough classic car lovers and curious travelers wandered through the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to keep the doors open. Now, after a massive sinkhole swallowed eight classic Corvettes, attendance has skyrocketed with visitors as eager to peer into the chasm as they are to see the cars, if not more so.
Museum spokeswoman Katie Frasinelli says the response has been bigger than anyone imagined.
A milestone was reached Tuesday morning at the site of the new Motorsports Park in Bowling Green. Crews began laying pavement for the 3.1 mile road course across the highway from the Corvette Museum.
“We’re using a 3D paving system, which is something relatively new to the paving world, there’s only a few contractors who use it,” said Motorsports Park General Manager Mitch Wright. “What they’re telling us, is that it will hold the surface to within an eighth of an inch – which is pretty amazing if you think about it.”
Wright says the quality of surface can make or break a track and first impressions are important.
“If the track is rough or bumpy, or whatever – that’s what it becomes known as. If you’ve got an extremely smooth surface, that’s again, just a huge added benefit to us.”
Wright says the paving process is expected to take about a month. The track is set to open in August in conjunction with the Corvette Museum’s 20th anniversary celebration.
The forecast for rain this weekend has led to the cancelation of the Stucky Music Festival set for Saturday near the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Thirteen bands had been scheduled to play throughout the day Saturday. Organizers say tickets purchased online have already been refunded, while those who purchased them in person will need to return them for a refund.