Back in 2014, there was an unexpected natural catastrophe that happened right smack in the center of Bowling Green. This was when a sinkhole opened up and swallowed part of Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum, which included eight historic Chevy Corvettes.
Instead of worrying about the cars that had been damaged, the museum dealt with this lightly and instead allowed visitors to take a look at the sinkhole up close, where there were Corvettes lying upside down.
Years after the incident, the museum finally decided that it was time to restore what had been damaged four years ago. Some of the cars were destroyed almost beyond recognition, while the others fell without being seriously ruined. Now, the National Corvette Museum has finally finished restoring all the damaged Corvettes and is ready to showcase the complete set to the public again.
Among the eight Chevy Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole, it was the handsome 1962 example that was restored last. It will take its rightful place on the Corvette Museum floor, looking brand new in a few weeks. Earlier this month, the museum announced that the vehicle will be restored in-house, within view of visitors, before it makes its debut on February 12.
The 1962 Chevy Corvette we are talking about now was donated in 2011 by a die-hard Corvette enthusiast, David Donoho. His car was finished in Tuxedo Black, and the car has a cool story behind it. That was because Donoho, at a young age, saved up enough money so he could afford to buy this particular car when he was still in high school. And ever since he bought it, he drove the car for 50 years before donating it to the museum - how many people in the world do you know drives a car for that long and maintains it so well?
Daniel Decker, Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Coordinator, said that it was an honour for him to perform the restoration of the 1962 Chevy Corvette. He continued to say that this, along with seven other Corvettes in the museum, have made headlines around the world and are all considered iconic.
This is why travelers go out of their way from wherever they are in the world to visit this museum to see these cars in person. He excitedly uttered how ecstatic he is for people to see the transformation from the time of the sinkhole - and that is only a few weeks away from now.
Who amongst you plan to visit the National Corvette Museum next month? February 12 actually marks the fourth anniversary of the event.