National Corvette Museum
The National Corvette Museum showcases the Chevrolet Corvette, an American sports car that has been in production since 1953. It is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, off Interstate 65's Exit 28. It was constructed in 1994 and opened to the public in September of that year.
The museum is located only a quarter mile from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where Corvettes have been made since 1981. Public tours of the assembly plant are available. In addition, Chevrolet allows Corvette buyers to take delivery of their new vehicles at the museum, with a VIP tour of the plant and museum included for the buyer and up to three guests.
On February 12, 2014, a sinkhole opened under the floor of the Skydome area of the museum at around 5:44 AM local time, causing a portion of the floor to collapse. Eight rare and one-of-a-kind Corvettes, portions of the display stands and rails, large concrete floor slabs and dirt fell into the sinkhole, causing serious damage to some of the Corvettes. The Corvettes involved have an estimated value of a million dollars. The remaining 80 cars in the Skydome were immediately removed from that area. Starting March 3, 2014 through March 6, 2014, 5 of the 8 Corvettes were recovered from the sinkhole. The spire area of the Skydome is being reinforced before work starts on removing the final three buried cars. The museum reopened the day after the sinkhole appeared, save for the Skydome where the sinkhole appeared.
Hall of Fame
The museum also sponsors the Corvette Hall of Fame for individuals who have been involved with the Corvette automobile and made significant contributions in their respective fields. Each year, between 2 and 4 persons are inducted into this select group.
Honorees Year Name Name Name Name Name Name 1998 Bill Mitchell Harley Earl Larry Shinoda Joe Pike Ed Cole Zora Duntov 1999 James C. Perkins Dave McLellan Dick Guldstrand 2000 John Fitch Dick Thompson Jerry Palmer 2001 Gibson Hufstader Joseph Spielman Betty Skelton 2002 John Cafaro James Jeffords Myron Scott 2003 Noland Adams Robert Morrison 2004 Ray Battaglini Darrel Bowlin Jon Brookmyer Dan Gale Terry McManmon 2005 Chip Miller Randy Wittine Don Yenko 2006 Dave Hill John Lingenfelter Gary Mortimer 2007 Doug Hooper Gordon Killebrew Carl Renner 2008 Allan Barker Don Barker Reeves Callaway Maurice Olley 2009 Duane Bohnstedt Tony De Lorenzo Gerald Thompson John Hinckley 2010 Grady Davis Fred Gallasch Jim Ingle 2011 Clare "Mac" MacKichan Ray Quinlan Ron Fellows 2012 Andy Pilgrim
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