Pebble Beach’s Japanese car show expands to three days

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The scene at the inaugural Japanese Automotive Invitational in 2018 | Larry Edsall photos

Last year, although they weren’t included on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, collectible Japanese cars had their own showcase for two days up on the Lodge’s Peter Hay Hill next to the Infiniti corporate display.

This year, the Japanese Automotive Invitational expands to a three-day event and will share the same theme being celebrated by Infiniti as it marks its 30th anniversary. The theme: Progenitors and Icons: 30 Years of Japanese Luxury.

Infiniti will celebrate with a showing of its tree Inspiration concept cars in its pavilion. The automaker says it will be the first time that the three cars have been displayed together.

The Japanese Automotive Invitational will present a lineup of vehicles including the 1963 Prince Skyline Sport, 1966 Nissan CSP 311, 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport, 1990 Infiniti Q45 and others to represent major performance, luxury, technology, engineering, ingenuity and motorsports achievements.

Among those sending cars to the invitational are the Petersen, California and Malamut museums, as well as collectors including Adam Carolla and Myron Vernis and Nissan North America.

Some of the racing cars featured in 2018

The showcase will be open August 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and August 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open with no charge.

Also taking place during those times will be live art demonstrations by Makoto Endo, who uses chopsticks to fling ink onto canvas to create one-of-a-kind paintings; guided tours by the MotorTrend editorial staff and a fireside chat at 2 p.m. August 17 with MotorTrend’s Angus MacKenzie.

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In addition, MotorTrend editor Ed Loh will host a “30 Years of Japanese Luxury” forum at 3 p.m. August 16 as part of the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forums held at the Inn at Spanish Bay.

For more information, visit the Japanese Automotive Invitational website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. How do you find these neat Japanese cars, or should I say the people who own them? I have a friend in Sacramento that will be showing one of his cars… I have probably one of the nicest 1972 Honda 600 Coupe’ that should be shown as well. Too bad that it’s not there to represent one of there first try’s at automobiles. Sincerely, Kirk C Wentland, Lodi California

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