Revisiting the National Corvette Museum on fifth anniversary of infamous sinkhole

Published: Feb. 12, 2019 at 5:55 PM CST
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Tuesday marks five years since a massive sinkhole swallowed eight Corvettes from the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum.

On a rainy day, in the cavernous area that remains underneath the National Corvette Museum, you can hear the water drip on a makeshift grave, as parts of the eight cars are still buried or unaccounted for.

Visitors come to the home of the Corvette, now five years later, to pay their respects.

"I've had two Vettes in my lifetime, and I would hate to see mine in that hole," said Acy Abner, visiting from Dayton, Ohio.

When eight historic Corvettes fell into the sinkhole in February 2014, the world came calling.

"We made it a point, big or small, to return every single phone call or email, provide the same content to [all] media [that were] inquiring," said Katie Ellison, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum.

A half-decade later, the world hasn't forgotten.

"From a media standpoint, it's the gift that keeps on giving," Ellison continued. "We continue to tell this story. We continue to have major media outlets that want to revisit that story or TV shows, documentaries."

Abner and his family are taking a trip to the bourbon trail.

In a testament to the kind of national interest this story has garnered, he heard about Tuesday's anniversary on Fox News and figured he'd stop by.

"If you're a car lover, which I don't care if you like Corvettes or any other kind of car, to see something like that destroyed, that belongs to somebody. He can't get it back," he said.

At least one of the cars affected was donated to the museum and may never see any restoration. Abner said his own emotional attachment to his Corvettes made him sympathetic toward the owners who put up those cars for display.

"You have that same feeling when you sell it and you see someone drive yours away, except the Devil drove his away, and that'll be hard on you," he explained.

Three of the eight cars have been restored. The other five serve as their own headstone above the sinkhole that took their lives.

As an anniversary gift to Corvette enthusiasts, the National Corvette Museum has implemented a 360-degrees online tour you can take of the cave.

You find that in the link

(and trust me, it's really cool).

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