You couldn’t miss the news this past February: a sinkhole had swallowed several historic Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum. Better yet, this tragedy was caught by security cameras. Sacre Bleu! With the cars now above terra firma and in several degrees of disrepair, the whole tragedy has now been reformulated as a tourist attraction.
“We started with a Plexiglas viewing window so guests could see the construction going on inside the Skydome, and eventually the recovery of the Corvettes,” says Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum, Katie Frassinelli. “We always had one web cam available inside the Skydome, and due to the growing interest and popularity we added two more so our online visitors could get additional angles to view what was going on.”
Like all things viral, interest in the sinkhole spread, and the Museum’s officials noticed that attendance had spiked (by 50%, no less) due to interest in the sinkhole. Hence, they decided to delay construction towards the end of the summer. “We have about 6,500 Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world pre-registered for our event so far, and many of them have expressed an interest in seeing the damaged cars as well as the sinkhole. Determining the best method for repairing it and getting bids on the construction work has been a time-consuming process also. In the grand scheme of things, we felt it would be best to delay construction a few months to give all of our visitors the opportunity to see it.”
The Museum’s board of directors will meet on June 25 to review the reconstruction proposals and options for both the building and the “Great 8” Corvettes (the name given to the fallen fiberglass), and make a decision on how to proceed with the reconstruction of both. The Corvettes that remain unrestored will be kept on display in the Skydome as part of the exhibit, doing their part to tell the story of the Skydome’s sinkhole collapse.