A Tour of the National Corvette Museum

Leslie J. Allen tours the National Corvette Museum and the assembly plant that makes the sports car. The factory in Bowling Green, Ky., marked its 30th anniversary last year and attracts as many as 50,000 visitors a year.

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Make sure to visit http://www.dannywhitfield.com/corvette-great8.html for a high quality great eight Corvette art print. The National Corvette Museum opened on September 2, 1994, originally occupying 63,000 square feet. The highlight of the new building was the dramatic yellow Skydome that was clearly visible from nearby Interstate 65. In 2009, an expansion increased the museum’s size to 110,000 square feet. During the last 20 years, thousands of visitors have wandered under the Skydome to inspect the historically significant Corvettes on display. That ended on February 12, 2014 at 5:39 a.m., when the museum’s security system alerted NCM employee Betty Hardison of an event inside the building. When the staff arrived, the building was filled with smoke. They called the fire department who quickly located the source. It was a 40-foot-wide hole in the Skydome floor! Deep within the hole a ZR1 was discovered sitting on top of a pile of rocks and debris. Other Corvettes could also be seen. In total, eight Corvettes fell into the abyss. Automotive Artist Danny Whitfield created the "great eight" art tribute prints to continue the legacy of these eight legend.

Time-lapse Video of the Corvette Museum Skydome Sinkhole Construction
The GoPro time-lapse video shows the construction efforts to fill and secure the sinkhole in the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. The sinkhole formed on February 12, 2014 and the sinkhole construction was complete in July 2015.