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    Final Corvette raised from sinkhole

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DougBardwell told us, 'After the cars were removed from the sinkhole, they were brought inside and put on display for museum goers to see before being sent off for restoration. The sinkhole was big news when it happened and it seemed like finally recovering the cars was interesting as well. I was especially impressed with the total devastation of the one Corvette (the one on the trailer) that was at the deepest section of the sinkhole and was the last to be removed. Believe it or not, I listened as its previous owner said that it would be restored. Doesn't seem like there is enough to restore except its back right wheel. Supposedly, GM is going to pay for all the restoration needed to all eight cars.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    For years, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky has been a mecca for this classic sports car's devotees. The 115,000 square foot building beautifully documents the history of this "gotta-get-one" vehicle. From interactive displays to films to a driving simulator, there is lots to like in this museum.

    But on February 12, 2014 things got even more interesting as eight priceless Corvettes were swallowed up by a giant sinkhole. Just this week, the last Corvette was removed from the dirt and debris.

    The "Great 8" classic Corvettes were on display in the Skydome section of the National Corvette Museum. Luckily, the hole opened up in the middle of the night so no one was injured.

    Now that the cars have all been removed, repairs can be made to fill and close the giant sinkhole which measured 40 feet across and 50 feet deep. Barrier walls with plexiglass viewing windows have been installed so that visitors to the museum can watch as repairs are being made to the area. For more information, check out their website at: http://corvettemuseum.org.

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