After much discussion regarding the merits of repairing the sinkhole that struck the Corvette Museum in February, and keeping in mind the seventy-percent boost in foot traffic afterwards, the facility has announced that it will be repairing the sinkhole, and restoring three of the eight cars damaged in the event, this November.
The NCM announced on its blog that the sinkhole will be filled-in after a November “Vets and Vettes” event.
Keeping even a portion of the sinkhole would require 35 foot retaining walls to be built inside of the sinkhole, additional micro piling, visible steel beams running through the hole, and soil nailing. All of these additional structural features are to ensure the safety of the sinkhole and prevent cracking and breaking of the sides in the future, which could result in stability issues, but take away from the natural look of the original sinkhole. The board also considered future maintenance issues that could arise if the hole was kept and the possibility that the hole wouldn’t look like a naturally occurring sinkhole any longer.
General Motors will be contributing approximately $250,000 to the repair of the sinkhole and the restoration of three Corvettes. The Blue Devil ZR1 prototype and the 1992 “millionth” Corvette will be restored by GM Heritage, while the NCM will restore the ’62 Corvette using GM funding. The other five will be left as-is in a special display.
Now’s the time to get to the NCM and see these cars — I know I’m going to.