CAN YOU BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 5 YEARS?
- February 17, 2019
- Corvette News
- Posted by Mike Vietro
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Can you believe it was 5 years ago, February 12, 2014, that a sinkhole opened up and took 8 prized Corvettes into the pit that formed under the National Corvette Museum?
News of the sinkhole spread quickly via national and international news. The NCM was quick to post the security video showing each Corvette disappearing into the chasm; further adding to the intrigue.
The folks at the NCM had a crisis on their hands, and instantly started holding news conferences, and on-line updates. To further feed the ravines worldwide interest, the NCM setup online webcams that caught every aspect of the recovery process.
Then came the day that the world sat on the edge of their seats as each Corvette was pulled from the sinkhole. Some cars would later be brought back to their prior condition, while others were just too dammaged to be repaired.
As bad as this event was, it put the NCM on the world map. People that had never heard of the NCM made plans to come and see the sinkhole for themselves. As a result, NCM attendance jumped 67-percent.
While the Museum has filled in most of the sinkhole, they also provided a viewing man-hole for attendees to peer into the remaining areas, as well as an outline on the floor of the Skydome that depicts the original scope of the sinkhole. The NCM has further figured out a way to give the curious a better look at what lies beneath their feet. Working with LifeLike Imageworks, they have created a 360-degree interactive tour of the south side of the cave which is available on the Museum’s website. The tour allows virtual visitors to explore nearly every inch of the cave, and even utilize VR goggles.
The 360-degree tour is free to access and can be found on the Museum’s website by clicking on the Explore – Exhibits menu, then selecting the Corvette Cave-In link or by clicking HERE.
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