By Graham Kozak, Crain News Service
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2015) — It was just over one year ago that a massive sinkhole appeared on the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Though eight rare Corvettes were swallowed up by the sinkhole, the 20-year-old museum turned the headline-grabbing disaster into a publicity bonanza: Attendance was up 67 percent year-over-year, and the facility seems well-positioned to come out of the whole affair standing on firm ground.
The same can't be said about all eight of the cars impacted by the disaster. Five were deemed too far gone to restore; only the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 prototype, the one-millionth Corvette and the 1962 Corvette will be returned to their former glory. The others will serve as a dramatic reminder of the disaster — they'll be displayed in the museum's Skydome, shattered fiberglass still encrusted with dirt, rocks and clay.
Though some thought was given to preserving a part of the sinkhole for future visitors, the museum says it simply wasn't feasible. Workers finished filling the hole in January. But visitors will still be able to learn about what happened thanks to interactive exhibits.