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Corvettes displaced after sinkhole hits national museum pass through Oklahoma

Corvettes headed back home to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., made a pit stop Monday in Oklahoma, as they traveled down historic Route 66.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: August 26, 2014 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2014


photo - The grill of a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette on display at Frontier Chevrolet in El Reno, Monday August  25, 2014. Corvette enthusiast made a stop in El Reno on their cross country trip in National Corvette Caravan.  Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
The grill of a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette on display at Frontier Chevrolet in El Reno, Monday August 25, 2014. Corvette enthusiast made a stop in El Reno on their cross country trip in National Corvette Caravan. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

The low, smooth rumble of high-powered engines filled the air Monday as dozens of Corvettes filed down historic Route 66. In total, 350 of the classic American sports cars were expected to pull through El Reno on their way to their new home in Bowling Green, Ky.

The cars were forced to move to new locations after the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green suffered significant damage from a sinkhole, which crushed some of the classic Corvettes housed there. The cars were placed at temporary locations across the country until they could return to Kentucky.

Boyd Stuckey, general manager at Frontier Chevrolet, where the cars were showcased Monday, said members of the local Corvette club asked him to host the event.

Many of those owners showed up to present their own Corvettes.

“’Vette owners are different,” Stuckey said.

“They’re an elite breed of people. They work and play hard.”

Gary Baumwart, 64 of Yukon, opened the hood of his cherry red 1964 Stingray in the hot August sun. Baumwart, who said he once visited the museum in Kentucky, was happy to bring his down to the dealership for those interested in taking a look at the classic model.

The procession of Corvettes will continue to grow in size when more of the dispersed cars join the caravan as it moves across the country. The convoy is expected to reach 500 cars in total.

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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