Satan calls in GM loans
Late last year General Motors emerged from nearly five years of government ownership having being bailed out during the economic crash. In doing so it forced the Obama administration to take a €10.5 billion hit on its investment, a figure many have questioned. But now it all makes sense – to avoid bankruptcy and disappearance from the motoring market the largest car maker in the world also sold its soul to the devil. And The Dark Lord has come looking for payment.
At least that is the most logical explanation for the sudden appearance of a 40-foot wide and 30-foot deep sinkhole right in the centre of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. The hole emerged in the early hours of the morning in a section of the museum known as the Sky Dome, taking eight cars with it, including six owned by the museum (described as a member-driven non-profit foundation) and two others on loan from General Motors.
The eight unlucky models were:
- 1962 Corvette
- 1984 PPG Pace Car Corvette
- 1992 Corvette, the 1,000,000th example built
- 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
- 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
- 2009 1,500,000th Corvette
- 2009 Corvette ZR1 "Blue Devil" (on loan from GM)
- 1993 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder (on loan from GM)
We have no idea if these cars are important in the grand scheme of things, but considering they are on display in a museum we have to assume they have some provenance. Rumours that the ‘Blue Devil’ car was the target of the ‘sinkhole’ are yet to be substantiated.
The National Corvette Museum will remain open for now, though the Sky Dome exhibit is closed and off-limits. Sinkhole geology experts from Western Kentucky University will be examining the site.
The museum said in a statement on its blog, "With the 20th Anniversary celebration, Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park, and the National Corvette Caravan coming August 27-30, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in 2014, and look forward to getting the Skydome repaired and reopened very soon."