The Great Corvette Sinkhole of 2014
By now everyone’s heard about how Mother Nature hates Corvettes. After yesterday’s little outburst of swallowing a few ‘Vettes whole, we can officially add her to the list, which also includes everyone outside the U.S. and anyone who drives a Porsche 911.
Okay, that’s a little unfair. The Corvette is a perfectly fine car and deserves its place in American history. That place is enshrined at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky, which is also where the infamous sports car is built.
It’s a little ironic that the very place that serves as the shrine to Corvette fans everywhere is the same place where a hole in the earth opened up and destroyed more than a few classic ‘Vettes.
But there’s an even more alarming piece to this story.
Here’s a quick rundown of what happened, in case you missed it:
A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight there but not shutting down the facility.
Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two—a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil—were on loan from General Motors.
Further reading reveals that the area is known to sit above large underground caves, which occasionally turn into sinkholes on the surface. That’s alarming enough, but here’s the part that blew me away:
The facility didn’t close down.
A hole big enough to damage eight cars opened up inside a building, and managers there thought that continuing to let people in was a good idea. Are giant sinkholes there just not that big a deal? Is the floor giving way to a cavernous and dangerous hole to the center of the Earth a common-enough occurrence to just go about daily business?
I’ll tell you what—if that happened at my place of business, I’d call it a day and come back… umm… never.
I’m happy to hear that no humans were hurt in the incident, but what if the hole was just a warning to Corvette fans everywhere, and Mother Nature’s next step will be to swallow the whole building?
I wish everyone at the museum well and hope repairs are made quickly so the Corvette faithful may visit in complete safety. At the very least, I’ve determined that “Sinkhole” is a perfect name for a Corvette-themed character in the next Transformers movie.
Will you feel safe visiting the Corvette museum?