National Corvette Museum
I’ve been thinking about writing this post since word of the giant sinkhole opening up inside the National Corvette Museum made headlines around the world.
The staff of the Corvette Museum, led by their unshakable leader Wendell Strode, have really stepped up to confront this natural disaster head-on. We’ve seen the videos of the damaged cars and heard from the experts about the local geology. But now it’s time for the Museum to hear from us, the enthusiasts and Corvette owners who helped make the NCM what it is today.
Despite having insurance which will cover stabilizing the main Spire and repairing the floor inside the Sky Dome, the NCM will have some major out-of-pocket expenses including sinkhole remediation and insurance deductibles.
More approval by a governmental agency came speeding down the straightaway for the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park last week.
After hearing Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, explain that the museum has “gone above and beyond” with its plans, the City-County Planning Commission gave its OK to a detailed development plan Thursday for the motorsports park.
Corvettes have always been known for taking a little and turning it into a lot.
The current C7, for example, is being praised for its massive “bang for the buck.”
That’s why it is really no surprise that the National Corvette Museum is seeking “tasteful” ways to turn the misfortune of the sinkhole that swallowed eight of its rare Corvettes earlier this month into a way to raise funds that will ultimately help support the mission of the museum.
Work is well underway at the National Corvette Museum as constructor workers began removing the exterior panels on the Sky Dome to allow greater access to the sinkhole and the Fallen Eight Corvettes inside. The Corvette Museum’s Executive Director Wendell Strode released another update Monday on the extraction plan for several of the Corvettes as well some additional information regarding the excavation process.
The owners of the Corvette resting at the bottom of the pile in the shocking sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum say they’re not sorry they donated their 2001 Mallett Hammer Conversion Z06 just six weeks ago.
Kevin and Linda Helmintoller made the trip to Bowling Green on Saturday to see firsthand the sinkhole that ate their car, which appears to be the lowest in the stack of eight Corvettes that suddenly tumbled into the earth on Wednesday.
The National Corvette Museum’s Executive Director Wendell Strode has had an interesting couple of days following the collapse of the floor inside the of the Museum’s skydome which swallowed up 8 collectible Corvettes. Here he is talking with CNN’s Erin Burnett about the sinkhole and he talks about how they will be removing the Corvettes from the hole.
For more on the Corvette Museum’s Sinkhole and the Fallen Eight Corvettes, click here.
During a press conference at the NCM today, General Motors pledged to restore all eight Corvettes that were damaged when the sinkhole opened under the floor in the Skydome on Wednesday. The Corvettes will be restored to their former glory and overseeing that restoration will be GM’s Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn.
The sudden retirement of Dave Tatman at the Corvette Assembly Plant leaves some mighty large shoes to fill. Dave was very passionate about the Corvette and he always had time to talk with us about what was happening at the plant.
We had heard Jeffery Lamarche’s name as a possible replacement and this afternoon at the NCM press conference regarding the sinkhole situation, we learned that it’s now official. Jeffrey Lamarche will be taking the reins as the new plant manager.