It sounds more like a plotline from This Is The End, rather than an actual news item - eight rare Corvettes were swallowed by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday. The news apparently hit the Corvette community like a loaded semi (and yes, the Corvette community exists).

Yesterday, the Corvette Museum posted video evidence of the damage.

As wrote: “Butch Hume, president of Louisville’s Falls City Corvette Club, cringed when he heard which cars were involved. ‘I was stunned,’ he said. ‘That just doesn’t happen in Kentucky, and what a terrible place for it to happen.’"

So far, the exact cause of the sink hole remains unclear, but it (probably) isn’t a sign of the coming Apocalypse. A team of geologists, headed by Jason Polk, a professor of geology and geography at Western Kentucky University, has reportedly been employed to investigate the sinkhole. According to Polk, the Bowling Green area is prone to sink holes and “they are not at all uncommon.”

Oddly enough, the geology wasn’t taken into consideration when the decision to house a large collection of luxury cars there was made. Museum employees were also taking it hard. As Executive Director Wendell Strode said: “There were a lot of tears this morning as [employees] were having to deal with what’s in there.”

-Vette fans are still in mournings, but the jokes have already started.


On the plus side (and it’s a pretty big plus side) no one was inside the museum at sink hole o’clock and there were no victims – apart from (Vette fans might want to skip the next bit) a black 1962 Corvette, a 1984 custom pace car from the IndyCar World Series, the 1 millionth Corvette and 1.5 millionth Corvette ever built, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th anniversary Corvette, and a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette. Also damaged were two cars GM had lent the museum: a one-off design concept of a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder -- a model that was never built -- and the original 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil show car, the LA Times reports.