Four years after the sinkhole catastrophe, Corvette Museum shares stories of repaired cars

It's been exactly four years since a sinkhole swallowed eight vehicles.

"February 12th, 2014, we woke up to a massive sinkhole that had collapsed inside of the museum," said Katie Ellison, Marketing Director for the Corvette Museum.

Three of those are being repaired, and each share a story.

Eight cars fell nearly 30 feet below the ground and four years after the infamous day, you can still see the aftermath.

"We have had all eight Corvettes on display pretty much since the sinkhole happened," Ellison said.

She added, "The five Corvettes that are damaged beyond repair, we plan on leaving exactly how they are. People enjoy hearing the story of the sinkhole and they like to see both the damaged cars and the ones that we've repaired."

Three of the eight cars that collapsed were able to be repaired. One of those is a white 1992 model, the 1 millionth corvette. When they discovered it among the rubble, immediately they knew it was special.

Ellison recalled, "When they got that car and opened it up, they saw that it had signatures from all of the employees that had a hand in building the Corvette. So, the plan became, 'okay we're going to save all the signatures that we can."

Four years later, you can find that white '92 sitting in the Skydome looking as good as new.

Another vehicle was a lot easier to repair.

"The ZR1 Bluedevil was mostly cosmetic damage so they had very little work that they needed to do on it," says Ellison.

That too, you'll find in the Skydome like it never fell in the sinkhole to begin with.

A catastrophe that made headlines 4 years ago exactly, this museum shows that there is good in even the worst scenarios.

With a smile, Ellsion said, "We have tried to make lemonade out of life's lemons with this whole situation."



 
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