Vintage VW convertible is this year’s selection for park and rec foundation raffle

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By Sandy Barnes

She’s beautiful, a bit of trouble — and could be yours.
A classy 1970 Volkswagen Karmann beetle named Layla is this year’s selection for the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation raffle.
This convertible has a new rag top and a rebuilt engine with less than 30,000 miles of wear. And she’s been through two restorations recently.
Because getting her ready to be raffled off has been a bit difficult, Layla is deserving of her name — just like the woman in the Eric Clapton song, foundation member Kit Darrow said.
Darrow and foundation member Jim Morton originally found the vehicle on craigslist. Using an initial donation of $5,000 from an anonymous Evergreen resident, plus another $2,000 donation from the vehicle’s owners in Fort Collins, the foundation purchased the car and brought it to Evergreen for restoration.
Evergreen Morse Auto Body donated time to refurbish Layla on the first go-round. Then, the June 5 hailstorm wreaked havoc on the beautiful lady.
“We had her sitting outside in a hailstorm. It shredded the top and pock-marked the hood,” said. “I started contacting people in Evergreen.”
Because of the age of the vehicle, the hardest thing was finding parts for it, she said. Finally, Nu Vintage in Arvada, a VW parts and restoration shop, agreed to repair Layla. The Gilchrist family of Evergreen donated the money to repair the hail damage, said Darrow.
“We were able to go ahead and get it fixed for Summerfest,” she said.
Layla in all her restored glory will be on display at Summerfest this weekend at Buchanan Park, as well as at other events this summer, including concerts at Evergreen Lake.
“We have been very fortunate for people to have pulled together,” said Darrow.
Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10 and eight for $20, and are available at Buchanan and Wulf recreation centers. The drawing will be held at Oktoberfest at Buchanan Park on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
Layla is the fourth VW vehicle the foundation has raffled in recent years to raise funds to support programs in the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.