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National Corvette Museum Prepping Thunderdome Sinkhole Exhibit

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/12/2015 Karla Sanchez

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When it gives you a sinkhole, make a museum exhibit out of it. At least that’s what the National Corvette Museum is doing by recreating the scene of last year’s natural disaster in an upcoming exhibit called the “Thunderdome.”

The new attraction will be a unique multimedia experience allowing people to experience what the real sinkhole looked like. The museum is achieving this by constructing a mini version of the Skydome, which will accommodate about 15 guests at a time. In there, the guests will be treated to a simulation of the sinkhole that ended up swallowing eight Corvettes. Guests won’t just watch the sports cars get sucked into the sinkhole either, as they’ll also learn about how sinkholes, caves, and karst landscapes occur. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Museum officials knew they had to keep the memory of the sinkhole alive after a record 251,258 visitors attended the museum to check it out. They even thought about preserving the sinkhole and keeping it as a separate attraction, but the cost was just too high. The sinkhole has since been filled, and most some of the Corvettes have been restored, including the rare Blue Devil ZR1. Chevrolet announced that it planned on restoring only three of the eight Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole. The other two -- a 1962 model and a 1992 C4 (the millionth Corvette ever built) -- are scheduled to be restored this year, while the other five will remain in their as-recovered state, featured as a part of a future museum display. Those five models include a 1984 Corvette pace car, 1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary Edition, 2001 Corvette Z06, 2009 C6, and a 1993 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder. © Provided by MotorTrend

The museum claims the Thunderdome exhibit will be ready in time for fall.

Source: GM Authority

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