National Corvette Museum decides to keep sinkhole

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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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)
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)
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)
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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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