Kentucky Sink Hole Swallows Up 8 Classic Corvettes

Image courtesy of USA Today

Image courtesy of USA Today

Yesterday, a gaping sinkhole swallowed up a number of classic cars at the National Corvette museum in Kentucky. In the past, this type of event may have been saved for a science fiction novel or some tall tale passed along through campfire conversations. But now, sink holes seem to be more and more prevalent, a new story popping up every few weeks.

According to museum officials, the Kentucky Corvette sink hole was detected yesterday at 5:45 a.m. when the museum’s motion sensors were alarmed. The sinkhole, which was 40 feet wide and 20 feet deep, devoured eight classic corvettes from the museum. According to museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli, “When you go in there, it’s unreal. The hole is so big, it makes the Corvettes look like little Matchbox cars.”

After hours of media speculation and coverage, onlookers and people close to the museum are still in shock that this actually happened. The museum’s sky dome structure and 100 foot vaulted ceilings always gave a sense of invincibility. Adding to the strength and power of the museum was the greatness that it contained, having winning cars from the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 amongst the vast collection. Bharucha, a Long Island Corvette Owners Association director, says of the museum, “There’s a sense of awe and you get a lump in your throat when you walk inside.”

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A picture of the 1 millionth corvette

Even though the dome structure and the above mentioned racing cars are still intact, there was a disorienting amount of damage. The showroom floor was chewed and eaten up, along with eight mangled classic cars. Among those victimized vehicles were a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” that were on loan from General Motors. Other cars included a 1963 Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car and the 1 millionth Corvette ever produced; these were all owned by the museum.

Unfortunately, all of this damage does not bode well for the museum. Sam Murtaugh, a marketing director at Mecum Auctions in Wisconsin, says, “How do you even begin to place a value on the 1 millionth Corvette built? It’s irreplaceable.” Making things worse is the fact that the museum was preparing for their 20th anniversary in August. They had plans to open a 184-acre Motorsports park and already had 5,000 people pre-registered to attend the park’s grand opening. After this tragedy though, these plans have been moved to the back burner.

Today, there is a team of geologists and engineers from Western Kentucky University exploring the sinkhole. For their research, they have adopted the help of remote controlled drones. Of course, all of this only adds further to the madness and science fiction appeal.

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The New Equus May Be the Best Muscle Car of All-Time

The Equus Bass 770 was debuted at the North American International Auto Show this week.

The Equus Bass 770 was debuted at the North American International Auto Show this week.

The Hyundai Equus has been on the market since 1999, producing upscale full-size luxury sedans. Yada Yada Yada. But, there is a new Equus on the market that is far more exciting and has been creating huge waves amongst car lovers.

This week at the North American International Auto Show, Equus- a small Detroit based manufacturer- has been grabbing headlines for their new prototype: the Equus Bass 770. This throwback American muscle car is going for 250,000 dollars. And for many, it’s worth every penny. Nelson Ireson of Motor Authority says, “[The Equus Bass 770] is all American, bred in Detroit, with the best bits of every classic muscle car, bundled into a thoroughly modern and wondrous package.”

The Equus looks a lot like the 1970 Dodge Challenger

The Equus looks a lot like the 1970 Dodge Challenger

Taking a closer look, it’s easy to see where this fiery car has drawn inspiration. It most closely resembles the 60s era Ford Mustangs and the Dodge Challengers that were being carved out in the early 70s. Additionally, when looking at the front end, a whole lotta Plymouth Roadrunner can be seen looking back. Is anyone else drooling?

Under the hood of the Equus Bass 770, there is a 640 horsepower, 6.2 liter supercharged aluminum-block V-8. Also, the vehicle features a tube-and-tub aluminum chassis, as well as an aluminum, carbon fiber body that weighs in at 3,640 pounds. 3,640 pounds may be a little heavy compared to other classic muscle cars like the ’65 Mustang (3,175 pounds) and the ’65 Corvette (3,180 pounds), but that doesn’t affect any of the Equus’ power.

The Equus is able to reach a top speed of 200 mph! Not to mention, it can reach 60 mph in a lighting quick 3.4 seconds. This acceleration is all made possible by a six-speed, rear mounted dual-clutch gearbox that handles all of the shifts.

Being such a small company (25 workers and only 3 model vehicles) has left many people wondering where did all of this come from?

Check out the interior of the Equus Bass 770. Pretty nice for a muscle car, right?

Check out the interior of the Equus Bass 770. Pretty nice for a muscle car, right?

Well, the company is currently being bankrolled by a reclusive European business man (Charlie’s Angels?) Inside sources have said that he has a strong passion for classic muscle cars and only wants to put out perfection. According to the official Equus website, “Equus Automotive Inc. has been working on the BASS770 project for the past 6 years, gathering all of the best of the American savoir-faire over the ages, in order put out a real DREAM car.”

Check out this video released by Equus:

In the upcoming years, the goal for Equus is to produce 100 vehicles annually, which is sure to make their product a hot commodity amongst the public. Brand ambassador Ian James says, “Equus is going to be a lifestyle brand more than anything else…This is [for] a guy who wants to pull up in Monte Carlo and park outside the hotel.” It’ll be interesting to see what celebrities and cultural icons will be the first to be spotted in this bad a** ride.