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Daily Briefing: Iso Lele 50th anniversary celebration coming soon; Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races to Feature “Tin-Top” sedans

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Photo courtesy of Iso Bizzarrini Owner’s Club.

The Iso Bizzarrini Owner’s Club will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lele in Laguna Nigel, California.

The stateside celebration will be part of the Iso Millennium celebration that will also honor the Lele in Bresso, Milan. These two celebrations of “The Highway’s Starship” will include special guest Piero Rivolta, Lele displays and a special talk show on the Lele’s origins. All Lele owners are welcome to bring their car to either event to commemorate this celebration.

Both events will take place September 21. Contact the Iso Bizzarrini Owner’s Club at and Iso Millennium at for more information.


#45 Volvo 544 driven by Robert Mollman, Bedford Heights, Ohio, in the 1958 race. Photo taken by Stu Kerr, courtesy of Manley Ford.

The organizers of the 10th anniversary of modern-day vintage racing at Ohio’s Put-in-Bay are reaching out to drivers of vintage “tin top” sedans to make their way through the 1.2-mile hay-bale lined circuit.

Race director Jack Woehrle notes that in early days of racing, sedans were not eligible to compete in racing. “Put-in-Bay was pretty much a low-key event put on by unwashed mid-westerners, so sedans were permitted to fill in the classes.” Woehrle notes that if you were to look back through the archives, you would see many period photos of small-bore sedans competing at PIB before the SCCA recognized an official sedan category in 1965.

Registration is open and as of now, over 20 “tin tops” are signed up for the 2019 Put-in-Bay races with more invited and expected. Race-entry sedans currently include Mini Cooper, Pinto, Corvair, Datsun, Alfa Romeo, Saab, VW, Fiat, Fiat-Abarth, Morris Minor, a Barracuda and a couple of Dodge Darts. In addition, there is the usual compliment of entrants racing in multiple classes in four groups plus exhibition.

The Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races event also includes a tour of the original island racecourse, a car show, rocker cover races, social events and more. Most events including the races are free for spectators and open to the public.

Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races will take place September 24-27, with the race days being the 25-26. For more information, visit or contact Manley Ford at or 734-502-2435.