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News Recap: New National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Exhibit; Another C8 Accolade

[5-Minute Read] We have the details and a full photo gallery from the exhibit. In our second story, see what award the C8 has won now.

The Blue Devil is hoisted from the sinkhole

I’m on all the notable Corvette forums and social media pages all day, every day, and I’ve done the legwork for you. Here are some top news items from the Corvette community, with concise, straight-to-the-point summaries for your busy lifestyle. Today’s news recap includes the details and a full photo gallery from the new NCM sinkhole exhibit. In our second story, see what award the C8 has won now.

1) “Ground To Sky: The Sinkhole Reimagined”

Many enthusiasts remember the day in 2014 when the earth opened up and took eight Corvettes with it. The National Corvette Museum is celebrating the ten years of progress since that memorable day with its “Ground To Sky…” exhibit, which runs from June 14 to September 15 (click here for tickets). As the Museum so succinctly says:

This limited engagement showcases a decade of grit and innovation, highlighting our epic recovery journey and unstoppable progress. Just like the Corvette, it’s a story of smashing through obstacles and pushing boundaries.”

The Key Features of the Exhibit

A) Recovered Sinkhole Corvettes:

One-of-a-kind Corvettes recovered from the Sinkhole and brought out of long-term storage including the ZR-1 Spyder, 1962 Corvette, and the 1.5 Millionth Corvette, displayed alongside the 2009 ZR-1 Blue Devil and One Millionth Corvette.”

B) Personal Interviews:

Hear firsthand accounts from Museum staff about the discovery of the Sinkhole, the recovery process, and the progress to today.”

C) Museum Chronology:

Reflect on the Museum’s transformative journey over the past decade, including the repair of the Sinkhole, two generations of Corvette, two dozen new exhibits, capital improvements to the Stingray Grill, McMichael Education Gallery, and much more.”

The walk down memory lane with the NCM’s detailed year-by-year timeline is fascinating:

  • February 2014: A sinkhole opens underneath the Skydome, swallowing 8 Corvettes.
  • March 2014: Several Corvettes are recovered from the sinkhole including the Blue Devil, 1962 Tuxedo Black, PPG Pace Car, 1993 40th Anniversary, and the One-Millionth Corvette.
  • April 2014: The remaining Corvettes emerge from the sinkhole.
  • June 2014: The Museum welcomes its 3 millionth visitor as recovery from the sinkhole drives record attendance.
  • Continue reading the 2015-2024 timelines here

And the photos from the NCM’s dedicated exhibit web page are equally as fascinating…

2) Corvette Edges Out Porsche And Wins Car and Driver’s Best Performance Sports Car

As more and more accolades continued to pile up, CorvSport recently compiled the Top 17. As we discover this new award, here are the top 5 from our May article.

#1 Motor Trend: The Chevrolet Corvette Is the Most Iconic Car of the Past 75 Years

#2 J.D. Power’s 2024 Most Dependable Premium Sporty Car

#3 KBB’s 2024 Best Resale Value Award

#4 2024 Car and Driver 10Best

#5 Motor Authority designates the C8 Z06 as the “Best Car to Buy 2024”

How Car and Driver Determined the Best Performance Sports Car:

Car and Driver’s rankings are arrived at from the results of our extensive instrumented testing of more than 400 vehicles each year and from our expert editors’ subjective impressions gained in real-world driving. We’ve ranked the best performance sports cars based on roughly 200 data points encompassing acceleration, handling, comfort, cargo space, fuel efficiency, value, and how enjoyable they are to drive. We take rankings seriously because we want you to know everything about the vehicles that you’re interested in.”

Car and Driver’s introduction to the C8:

We’ve been raving about the C8 Corvette since it launched for bringing supercar performance and exotic looks to the affordable end of the sports car spectrum...” Read more here.


The decades long Corvette versus Porsche rivalry that our own Scott Kolecki just revisited here is alive and well. Sorry, Porsche. Maybe next time, you won’t be in the Corvette’s rearview mirror! Congratulations to the Corvette for another well-deserved accolade!

I hope you have found this short but concise recap informative. If you want to keep up to date with all the fresh Corvette news and maintain a pulse on the lifestyle and culture of this exciting, iconic brand, CorvSport has the fastest-growing Corvette community on our Facebook page, with over 172,000 followers (53,000 since January 2023!). Come join other hardcore enthusiasts and say hello, Douglas B.