The National Corvette Museum had quite the year in 2016. Sinkhole aside, it may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The NCM released its attendance numbers for the year, which rose 3.5 percent over 2015. The NCM also knows the sinkhole likely played a big part in that higher figure.
“We are still feeling the effects of that unfortunate event, to where perhaps in many ways it was actually more of a positive for the Museum,” said Wendell Strode, Executive Director. “Last year, on the second anniversary of the sinkhole, we opened a new interactive exhibit called ‘Corvette Cave-In’. The display tells the story of what happened, why it happened, how the Museum recovered, as well as educational elements on caves and our karst landscape. The interactive and hands-on elements have been quite popular with our visitors. And, of course, we still have all eight ‘sinkhole Corvettes’ on display, six of them exactly how they were when they were pulled from the hole,” added Strode.
In total, the museum welcomed 228,363 visitors to see the bountiful amounts of history on display.
The NCM Motorsports Park, despite its noise violation drama, also had a good year, too. The opening of the Holley Control Tower and Winding Road Race Shop marked major milestones for the track as it gears up to host additional events in 2017.
Currently, the NCM is celebrating 30 years of Callaway Corvettes with a new display of vehicles, which will run until May 5, 2017.