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2014-06-26 07:52

SINKHOLE NOW AN ICON? The Corvette National Museum is likely to preserve part of the sinkhole that swallowed eight cars earlier in 2014. Image: AP

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A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, USA and swallowed eight iconic cars.

BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky - A huge sinkhole that, eventually, swallowed eight cars at the US National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky has become such an attraction that officials want to preserve it.

They might even put one or two of the cars back inside the hole.

The museum board voted on Wednesday (June 25) to preserve a large section of the sinkhole that opened beneath the museum in February 2014. The damaged cars, worth the equivalent of R10.5-million, plummeted in amid rocks, concrete and dirt.

VIDEO: Sinkhole swallows classic cars

Chevrolet stepped up and took on the job of restoring the classic Corvettes. General Motor's head of global product development Mark Reuss said the damaged vehicles were some of the most significant in auto history.

Museum executive director Wendell Strode said after the incident: "Each has a unique story - they're special."

The damaged cars were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White "one-millionth" Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white '1.5-millionth' Corvette.

Museum officials said attendance was up nearly 60% between March 2014 to June 25.

The museum is close to the Chevrolet Corvettes plant.
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