The National Corvette Museum Makes Lemonade – Skydome Re-Opens September 3, 2015

Bowling Green, Kentucky- 568 days after the ground opened and swallowed eight Corvettes.

1-LifeHandsLemonsDateline: 8-25-15 – The National Corvette Museum made a major announcement today. On September 3, 2015 the museum will have their Grand Re-Opening of the Skydome at 8:45am CT. If you can’t be there, worry not because the event will be shown via the museum’s webcams and will be on YouTube! But here’s the cool part, not only will the 1992 “One Millionth” Corvette be unveiled, but all eight car will be positioned exactly where they were when the ground opened up on February 12, 2014. The One Millionth Corvette, the 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and black 1962 Corvette will be fully restored and the remaining five cars will be displayed, as they were when recovered.

John Cafaro, Chief Designer of the Fifth Generation Corvette and production Corvette design from 1991 to 1999; and
Dave Bolognino, director of GM Design Fabrication, will lead a seminar discussing what it took to fix both the “One Millionth” and the 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil Corvettes. The seminar is Thursday, September 3 from 9-10am CT.


Other related seminars on September 3 include:

* 10:00am-11:00am CT: What’s Under the Skydome – Dr. Jason Polk, Center for Cave and Karst Studies
* 11:00am-12:00pm CT: Skydome and Sinkhole Repair – Zach Massey, Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction

For the full schedule of events for September 3-5, 2015, CLICK HERE.

Here’s a list of the eight cars that were swallowed:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan)
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” prototype (on loan)
  • 1962 Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 1 millionth Corvette
  • 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06
  • 2009 1.5 millionth Corvette

As stunning and weird as the sinkhole experience was, it provided the National Corvette Museum with world-wide media attention. If you look at the surrounding countryside of the museum, of all places for a sinkhole to open up – right under the Skydome. Whodathunk?!

But then again, it isn’t any stranger than the overall success of the Corvette. Not only is the Corvette the longest running car brand in Detroit history, it was a car that no one especially wanted or understood in the beginning. The first 10 years of the Corvette’s existence were very rocky and even after that, there were times when it almost didn’t survive. What an AMAZING story! – Scott


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