Stabilization of the Corvette Museum after Wednesday morning's sinkhole disaster is underway now, and General Motor's engineers will oversee the restoration of the eight Vettes that were swallowed up when the earth opened. Robert Rickman reports...
Completed by Museum's 20th Anniversary
When asked about a completion date, engineers predict that when the 20th anniversary of the museum is celebrated, August 27-30, 2014, the project will be finished and there will be no signs of the problem. On that date caravans of Corvettes from around the world roll into the Bowling Green museum and GM assembly plant. As with past Labor Days this celebration is a member-driven event, which unites friends, family and enthusiasts for a look back on the Museum’s history and future! Those registered can enjoy the Museum with its many displays. Robert Rickman WGNS news.
Two-Weeks Until Vettes Recovered
Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode noted that it will be around two-weeks before the sports cars in the sinkhole will be removed. Officials note that 7 of the Corvettes are visible, however one is buried in the debris and whereabouts is not known.
When the cars are recovered, they will be shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility, a small specialty shop within GM Design, where the best restoration approach will be determined. Mechanical Assembly has been part of GM Design since the 1930s, and today maintains and restores many of the vehicles in the GM Heritage Collection and GM’s historic concept cars.
“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development. “There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.”
The National Corvette Museum is independently owned, and supported solely by charitable donations from enthusiasts. It is currently accepting donations on its website to assist in refurbishing the facility. Donations are tax-deductible.
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