As you may have already heard, a giant sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum (NCM) on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014, swallowing eight historic Corvettes. To date, five of those eight Vettes have been recovered, while three are still at the bottom of the hole, waiting to be rescued. And although all eight vehicles will be displayed in their beat-up form before being restored with the help of General Motors, Corvette enthusiasts and associated organizations the world over are doing what they can to help the museum recover from the disaster. One of these is the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Foundation, which has announced that it has donated $5,000 to the NCM.
The donation is intended to help the museum “defer some of the unexpected expense of the repairs to the floor and displays”, according to the NCRS Foundation. The organization has also pledged to match up to an additional $5,000 for any donation from an NCRS Chapter, thereby raising the total possible donation amount to $15,000 — with a total of $10,000 from the foundation itself and (hopefully) $5,000 from Chapter donations.
To note, the NCRS is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, history and enjoyment of Corvettes made from the model years 1953 through 1996, while the NCRS Foundation is a “501(c) 3 Charity designed to provide an individual and/or corporate sponsors an avenue to make contributions of monies, non-cash items such as stock/securities or Corvette archive memorabilia to support the NCRS Scholarship program and the NCRS Charity program.”
The GM Authority Take
As much as it pains us to see those poor Vettes all dirty and mangled, we can’t wait to see them restored to a pristine condition, and this donation by the NCRS foundation, as well as the potential donations from its chapter members, should allow the museum to focus on restoring the historic Vettes in question.
Good on ya, NCRS!