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National Corvette Museum’s newest exhibit commemorates the 2014 sinkhole

Ten years ago, a sinkhole made international news, but it wasn’t just some blank spot in a field that fell into the Earth. A 2014 sinkhole in Kentucky landed directly under the storied National Corvette Museum (NCM), the holy land for Chevy enthusiasts and a popular spot for special car deliveries and events. The museum has been repaired, and to commemorate the shocking event, it opened “Ground to Sky: The Sinkhole Reimagined,” an exhibit with some of the damaged cars and other items from the wreckage.

The natural disaster destroyed several priceless Corvettes, but the museum didn’t toss them away. Some of the exhibit’s most compelling offerings include a ZR-1 Spyder, a 1962 Corvette, and the 1.5 millionth Corvette built. There will also be the 2009 ZR-1 Blue Devil and the one-millionth car at the event.

“We are excited to open Ground to Sky: The Sinkhole Reimagined,” said NCM Board Chair Kaye Wagner. “This special exhibit allows us to reflect on the challenges we faced, and the tremendous progress we have achieved since then.”

Beyond the cars, the exhibit will also display the original sinkhole and the boulder that fell on a rare Corvette model. The museum also plans to detail its recovery efforts, including the process taken to repair the sinkhole and capital improvements made to the on-site restaurant and gallery. Visitors will also get an overview of the museum’s history before the sinkhole, and tickets come with admission to the Skydome, which overlooks the boulder.

If you’re hoping to make the exhibit part of your summer road trip or vacation plans, you have until September 15 to visit. Tickets aren’t super expensive, but the museum offers several upgrades that can push the price to well over $100, depending on the visitor’s selection. You can take a ride in a Corvette racing simulator for $15, and guided tours cost an extra $10.

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Junkyard Gem: 2005 Honda Accord, Hello Kitty Edition

When you’re a young city-dweller and your car is a generic 20-year-old sedan with the base engine, what do you do? You personalize it, of course, and that’s what the final owner of this Accord LX did. An unfortunate rear-end collision sent this car to a Denver car graveyard, giving us an illustrative snapshot of a place and time in popular automotive culture.

This car began life as one of the more than 350,000 Honda Accords sold in the United States for the 2005 model year. It’s a dime-a-dozen mid-level DX four-door with the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 160 horsepower.

It has air conditioning, a CD player with AUX input jack (a fairly rare feature in cars built before the late 2000s), an automatic transmission and a large helping of that legendary Accord reliability.

All in all, a very sensible car. But where’s the fun?

So, a shopping spree including pink spray paint, aftermarket accessories and many decals followed.

A not-so-fast but reasonably furious wing was bolted to the decklid.

When you’re a member of the Slow Car Club, you can be proud that your Accord doesn’t have the 255-horse V6 under its hood.

Inside, all the seats feature Hello Kitty seat covers.

Because genuine Hello Kitty wheels are very expensive, this car has regular 15-inch steelies painted pink.

Because all is not sweetness and cuddles in the Hello Kitty universe, there are spike lug nuts.

But did you die?

Break parts, not hearts.

One might apply this sentiment to the driver who crashed into this Accord and sent it to the junkyard.

It’s worth fixing a three-year-old Accord when this happens, but not so much with a 19-year-old Accord.

When you own a McMansion like this one, you require the low depreciation of the 2005 Accord LX.

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