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After a seven week process of preparing to fill the massive sinkhole under the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome, the ceremonial “first rock” was cast into the pit by the NCM’s Executive Director Wendell Strode. Inscribed on the rock was the words “Awesome God, Everyone Safe”, a testament to the fact that despite all the destruction caused by the sinkhole, there were no injuries to visitors or the employees who work there.

When Kevin Helmintoller donated his 2001 Mallet Hammer Corvette Z06 to the National Corvette Museum in late 2013, never in a million years would he have believed that the car would be lost a few months later in a catastrophic accident. But on the morning of February 12th this year, the ground gave way under the Corvette Museum’s SkyDome and swallowed eight Corvettes, the first being Helmintoller’s donated Z06.

General Motors to Restore the 1992 'One Millionth' Corvette Rescued from Sinkhole

When Humpty Dumpty took his big tumble a few years back, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. Well, the King obviously didn’t choose the right people for the job—he should have contacted the talented craft workers of the Design Fabrication Operation at General Motors’ Global Design Center in Warren, Mich.

You see, in addition to their normal duties fabricating and assembling many of GM’s top design study vehicles and futuristic show cars, they have undertaken a task akin to putting Humpty back together—restoring to its previous glory, the 1 Millionth Corvette convertible that was heavily damaged when it was swallowed by the National Corvette Museum’s sinkhole back in February.

[VIDEO] Sinkhole Repairs Progressing at the National Corvette Museum

Work to repair the sinkhole damage at the National Corvette Museum remains on track as construction entered its third week in Bowling Green Monday.

The Skydome is still expected to open again in July.

First, though, workers on Monday were using two pieces of equipment to remove rocks from the sinkhole, one of which was a limestone boulder the size of a small car. They drilled metal clips into the rock to help their effort.

[VIDEO] The 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil Returns Home to the National Corvette Museum

Last week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the National Corvette Museum’s Sinkhole was a topic of conversation for many Corvette enthusiasts but this time its in the news for all the right reasons. Chevrolet used the spotlight of SEMA to showcase the completed restoration of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil prototype that was damaged after falling into the sinkhole that opened up in the middle of the NCM’s skydome in February.

[PICS] Chevrolet Media Event Offers Preview of 2014 SEMA Vehicles

Chevrolet held a media reception Monday evening on the eve of the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas where the automaker unveiled some of the concepts and special edition vehicles that will be displayed at the show beginning on Tuesday.

Opening the event was the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil that was recovered from the National Corvette Museum’s sinkhole. The Corvette was sent back to GM in September where it underwent repairs. Tonight that mighty LS9 roared to life once again as it became the first of Chevrolet’s SEMA vehicles to take the stage.

Our friend Adam Boca from NCM Insurance was inside the Corvette Museum’s Skydome today to film an update on the sinkhole remediation when suddenly two zombies climbed over the barricades and interrupted his video shoot. As Adam runs for his life, he reminds us that the NCM Insurance Agency will cover your classic Corvette or other insured vehicles in case a zombie outbreak does occur.

Get your free quote today from NCM Insurnace by visiting www.NCMInsurance.com or call Adam or Bobbie Jo at 877-678-7626.

 

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[VIDEO] Corvette Museum Now Offering a DVD Documentary on the SkyDome Sinkhole

The National Corvette Museum’s sinkhole which swallowed eight Corvettes earlier this year not only shook the Corvette Nation, it also captivated the world as replays of the floor dropping out from under the Corvettes reverberated throughout various national and international media outlets.

It could be argued that the worst thing to ever happen at the Corvette Museum was also the best thing that ever happened to the NCM. Stories of the sinkhole appeared on over 2,000 broadcast outlets and the publicity from the more than 7,300 tv and radio hits was valued at $15.4 million. And with all that media running, attendance levels spiked over 60% in the months that followed with onlookers who wanted to see the hole that ate the Corvettes.

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