February 12th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Sinkhole Swallows Eight Corvettes

Sinkholes are swallowing Corvettes now. Last year it washouses in Florida, and on Wednesday nature gobbled up some of the coolest and fastest cars to come off the assembly line.

The news that eight valuable 'vettes at Bowling Green, Kentucky's National Corvette Museum fell victim to a 40-foot-wide, 20-feet-deep sinkhole has triggered a collective gasp from the worldwide Corvette Nation.

"I was shocked," said Frazer Bharucha, 47, a Corvette owner since age 17. "We're talking about iconic cars that have been around for years."

The painful losses have been tallied: Of the eight cars that fell, six were donated to the museum by Corvette enthusiasts, and two are owned by the car's maker, General Motors. Among them were a 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, and a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder. The total value of the damaged cars is "substantial," said museum executive director Wendell Strode.

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