Construction workers surprised us yesterday by going after two more Corvettes. In addition to the 1992 1 Millionth Corvette that was pulled from the sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum’s Sky Dome, workers also were able to snag the 1984 PPG Corvette Pace Car (or at least most of it).
Work continued today on the sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum after three of the eight Corvettes were rescuing earlier this week. Although the next recoveries were not expected to happen for a few weeks while the crew reinforces the Sky Dome Spire, the opportunity arose today to grab not one but two more Corvettes, the 1992 1 Millionth Corvette and the 1984 PPG Pace Car.
The workers at the National Corvette Museum have had a very busy Monday. This morning they were able to successfully extricate the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil from the sinkhole inside the Sky Dome and this afternoon they went after car number two which was the 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette known as “Ruby”.
After experts determined that the exhibit hall at the National Corvette Museum is still safe for visitors, museum officials have retained a Bowling Green contractor to help them deal with the aftermath of a sinkhole that swallowed eight cars in the Skydome early Wednesday morning.
Scott, Murphy and Daniel will help come up with a plan to try and recover the historic Corvettes, estimated to be worth at least a million dollars, and rebuild the damaged portion of the museum, according to Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode.
Photo Credit: Scott Schwartz / flickr
The news that a huge 40 foot wide sinkhole opening up under the National Corvette Museum has shocked many of us. After watching much of the activity and videos from the Museum yesterday via social media and webcams, we thought it appropriate to now take a closer look at those eight Corvettes which fell into the cavern under the gold skydome.
A sinkhole under the gold SkyDome at the National Corvette Museum opened this morning and swallowed eight Corvettes in the Museum’s collection. The hole is estimated to be around 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
More on the Corvette Museum’s Sinkhole including a list of the cars lost in the accident can be read here.
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The “Real McCoy” $2.3M Sale Postponed During Dispute of Ownership on Parts
More than the weather failed to cooperate for the world’s largest collector car auction, Dana Mecum’s 2700 car Kissimmee event held January 17th through January 26th. Each year hundreds of Corvettes change hands during the ten day event as thousands of collectors and enthusiasts leave the cold weather blanketing most of the country and make their pilgrimage to the event in sunny, warm Florida. This year, though hundreds of airline flights were cancelled due to the weather, the pilgrimage still managed to take place even though the pilgrims were greeted with sunny but not very warm weather in Florida, the attendance slipped by over 6% and sales dropped by over $8M, down 11.4%.
One of my all time favorite annual Corvette events is the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida. While I love doing the stories and coverage of the new C7 Corvette Stingray and Z06, there’s just something about walking through a field literately strewn with used Corvette parts and accessories for every generation but the C7.
The curtain came down Sunday, January 19th, on the most successful Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in history. The FOX televised, eight-day event, sometimes called the “world’s greatest reality show,” was hosted in Barrett-Jackson’s brand new bricks and mortar facility with much improved space and amenities, a building that was completed in only eleven months time and completed only days before the auction start on Sunday, January 12th. Barrett-Jackson’s former main auction tent, the largest tent in the world, was connected to the new permanent auction building and created an impressive almost mile long facility from one end to the other.