National Corvette Museum decides to keep sinkhole

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National Corvette Museum Is Going To Keep The Sinkhole

Remember that enormous sinkhole that swallowed up a bunch of classic (and very expensive) cars at the National Corvette Museum in February? We all expected that the sinkhole would be filled in -- but the Corvette Museum has apparently become quite attached to it.

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National Corvette Museum decides to keep sinkhole
In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, visitors to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., look down at a massive sinkhole that swallowed eight classic Corvettes. Attendance at the museum has increased since the sinkhole opened in February. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)
In this image provided by the National Corvette Museum shows several cars that collapsed into a sinkhole Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. The museum said a total of eight cars were damaged when a sinkhole opened up early Wednesday morning inside the museum. (AP Photo/National Corvette Museum, HO)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, National Corvette Museum executive director Wendell Strode stands near a damaged 2001 Corvette in Bowling Green, Ky. The museum is showing eight Corvettes that fell into a sinkhole that opened up inside the museum in February. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, visitors to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., look down at a massive sinkhole that swallowed eight classic Corvettes. Attendance at the museum has increased since the sinkhole opened in February. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Lynn Jones, left, takes a photo of a 2001 Corvette that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Jones, from Collierville, Tenn., came to the museum to see the smashed cars and the sinkhole, which opened up and swallowed eight cars in February. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)
In this undated photo provided by the National Corvette Museum, workers pull out a car from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky. On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, workers pulled the last car from the sinkhole, completing weeks of painstaking work to retrieve eight classic cars that were gobbled up by the gaping hole. (AP Photo/National Corvette Museum)
In this undated photo provided by the National Corvette Museum, workers pull out a car from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky. On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, workers pulled the last car from the sinkhole, completing weeks of painstaking work to retrieve eight classic cars that were gobbled up by the gaping hole. (AP Photo/National Corvette Museum)
A view of a sinkhole that opened up in the Skydome showroom, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Eight display cars were swallowed by the hole. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr)
A view of a sinkhole that opened up in the Skydome showroom, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Eight display cars were swallowed by the hole. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr)
1953 Chevrolet Corvette, (c1953?). The Chevrolet Corvette first appeared in 1953, and was designed to show that General Motors could compete in the sports car market with European manufacturers such as MG and Jaguar. All 1953 Corvettes were white with red interiors. The car is pictured on display at a motor show, possibly Paris. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 15: Bruce Springsteen's vintage 1960 Corvette is seen on display at the ' From Asbury Park To The Promised Land: The Life And Music Of Bruce Springsteen' exhibition at the National Constitution Center on February 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
100504reo4 Corvette for 2005.Photographs of new corvette.Note.photos of car shot at 'The Great War Flying Museum in Brampton'. The replica airplane is a Fokker Dr.1 Triplane. like the one that Rittmeister Manfred Von Richthofen the German air service ace flew.Rick Eglinton Toronto Star. In some photos show other planes in background flying/taxiing they are from Brampton air strip where museum is situated. (Photo by Rick Eglinton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
A 1955 Ford Thunderbird. This was Ford's first sports car, and was introduced in 1955 to compete with Chevrolet's 1953 Corvette sports car, which in turn was their answer to sporty European imports. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
Sharon Deming, of Vancouver, Wash., photographes a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray at the Allure of the Automobile exhibit Friday, June , 10, 2011, at the Portland Art Museum, in Portland, Ore. The Allure of the Automobile examines the golden age of automotive design by celebrating some of the world’s finest cars from the 1930s to the early 1960s. During this era of brilliantly designed automobiles, engineering combined with artistry and craftsmanship to produce objects of unparalleled beauty. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
** ADVANCE FOR TUESDAY JULY 4 **Corvette fans look at some of the Corvettes on display at the National Corvette Museum on May 15, 2006 in Bowling Green, Ky. Industry analysts say the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY remains a bright spot for General Motors Corp. at a time when sagging sales have led the automaker to eliminate 30,000 U.S. hourly jobs by 2008 as part of a massive restructuring plan. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
This Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 photo shows a 1957 Corvette Corvette Roadster sitting in a North Palm Beach, Fla. private car museum. John Staluppi has spent a lifetime selling cars, so successful in his trade he boasts more than two dozen dealerships and more sales than he ever could count. But even he has never seen a sale like this. Staluppi is liquidating his Cars of Dreams Museum and its 115 collector vehicles in an auction Saturday. The Batmobile, the Evel Knievel motorcycle, the lines and lines of perfectly shined cars, all of them will be gone. "I'm starting to get sad," he admits. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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"The Corvette Museum where a sinkhole swallowed up 8 classic Vettes, is keeping the hole," HLN reports. "The Kentucky museum says the sinkhole has become just as popular of a tourist attraction." ​

The hole is 40 feet wide and 60 feet deep.

A writer for NBC says the museum might be onto something. Apparently, "museum visitations have been up 59 percent and revenue is up 65 percent" since the sinkhole occurred in February.

Eight cars were swallowed by the sinkhole, including a 1984 PPG Pace Car that was pulled out of the hole. The damaged vehicles amount to around $1 million.

Time reports the museum's board of directors voted on several options on what do about the sinkhole. Those options included filling it completely and replacing the floor, keeping the sinkhole partially open or leaving it completely as is. Fox News reports:

"The museum voting to keep a portion of that hole open and maybe even put a classic car or two back in that hole."

Yep, it's pretty much going to be made into a tourist attraction. The smaller sinkhole will be completed with a sheet of glass placed over the top, so any tourists stepping close to get a glimpse won't accidentally fall in.

In a press release, the executive director of the museum said, "We have to look at creative ways to generate interest in the Museum. It would be so much easier to just be a regular automotive museum with our Corvettes on display, but we have to think outside the box."

Construction to fill half of the sinkhole is expected to start in September. In the meantime, the sinkhole and eight Corvettes pulled out of it will remain on display.

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