National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Disaster
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.
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.
A Time-Lapse Video of the 1-Millionth Corvette Restoration
After more than four months and 1,200 man-hours of painstaking craftsmanship, restoration of the milestone 1-millionth Corvette – a white 1992 convertible – is complete. It was unveiled today at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., where it returns as part of the permanent exhibit. The car was damaged on Feb. 12, 2014, when it and seven other rare Corvettes tumbled into a sinkhole that opened beneath the museum’s Skydome area. Chevrolet pledged to restore it. After recovery from the sinkhole, the 1-millionth Corvette was moved from the museum to the Design Center on GM’s Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich., for restoration. Approximately 30 craftspeople and technicians from GM Design’s Mechanical Assembly group, along with GM Service Operations, took on the project. Mechanical Assembly and the Fabrication Shops at GM Design builds concept vehicles and maintains GM’s historic vehicle collection. The 1-millionth Corvette is the second sinkhole-damaged Corvette that Chevrolet has restored. The first, a 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype known as the Blue Devil, was only lightly damaged and was returned to its original condition last fall. The National Corvette Museum will oversee the restoration of a third car, a 1962 Corvette.
Callaway Exhibit Series 07
Chris Chessnoe of Callaway introduces us to Frieda, the very first Callaway Competition car.