Local and state politicians will be making appearances Saturday at a fund-raiser designed to give a soldier returning from service in Iraq his dream car - a two-door 1985 Volkswagen Golf hatchback.

State Reps. Larry Galizio, D-Tigard, and Scott Bruun, R-West Linn, are set to race around the track at Tigard High School on Saturday in a friendly competition to raise money for the Scott Crouch Project.

Organizers also expect the Tigard city officials and Congressman David Wu to make appearances at the fun run entitled Operation Overhaul.

The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Tigard High track, 9000 S.W. Durham Road. The event is being pushed by Tualatin resident Robb Crouch, whose brother Scott is serving his third tour in Iraq.

As a gift for his brother, Robb wants to fix up the car Scott took on as a project six years ago and never quite finished.

Robb has spent the last few months collecting donations of money, parts and services to give a $40,000 makeover to the Volkswagen Golf. (With a Blue Book value which may not even creep above $1,000.)

'It's sentimental value,' Robb admitted of the old beat-up car with a failing engine and dented door.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Scott Crouch is stationed out of Fort Lewis, Wash. He's due back June 25. Robb wants the car done and ready by then as a present to Scott.

Robb has also set up a Scott Crouch Project fund at Wells Fargo.

At a Glance

What: Operation Overhaul

When: Saturday, March 29, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Tigard High School

To sign up for the fund-raiser, contact Robb Crouch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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