8 classic cars just disappeared into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum

The 40-foot-wide sinkhole collapsed early this morning in Bowling Green, Ky.

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A 40-foot-wide, 25-to-30-foot deep sinkhole opened this morning beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., swallowing eight vintage cars into its depths.

Or, as the museum put it:

It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident.  Those cars include:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors

The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:

  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

Kentucky’s one of those places that’s prone to the ground suddenly disappearing — its Karst landscape, terrain formed by the dissolution of soluble rock, is characterized by sinkholes, caves and underground drainage systems. Still, if there is a God, you have to wonder if maybe he’s a Porsche person.

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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