BOWLING GREEN —
Dick and Margie Surato were on their way home Wednesday to Mason, Mich. From a vacation in Florida when they decided to visit the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
“We always wanted to stop here,” Dick said.
He and his wife were standing outside the museum after learning tours were canceled. He had a camera hanging on a strap around his neck. He could have been one of many reporters inside who were covering the story of a sinkhole that opened early Wednesday morning and swallowed eight Corvettes on display in the Skydome.
The Suratos were making the best of their side trip in south central Kentucky. They were headed next door to tour the GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where the sports cars are manufactured.
“He'll get to see his cars,” Margie said.
Dick said he's like any other American boy who has dreamed of owning a Corvette. His favorite being a 1964 or '65 roadster. “I really like the roadsters. It's just a beautiful vehicle,” he said.
He had a chance to buy a used one in 1971, but the cost of insurance for six months was to be higher than the price of the vehicle. He said he couldn't afford it.
The Suratos said they are not snowbirds who spend the winters in Florida, but they have passed the museum numerous times on vacation trips and had always wanted to take a tour of the rare collection of Corvettes.
Despite their disappointment, Dick said, “I am so sad for the people here. These (cars) are their babies.”