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You had to hunt some to find it, but it was worth the search – and the walk – to find the first Japanese Automotive Invitational, held on Peter Hay Hill next to the Infiniti stand at Pebble Beach.
Car collectors, especially those tuned into the younger generation of enthusiasts, know that Japanese cars are a rising category in the hobby, and the luxury marque of Nissan, Infiniti and the Motor Trend Group decided it was time “to bring even more diversity to the premier celebration of classic and vintage automobiles and showcase the prowess that Japan brings to the industry.
So for two days last weekend, a diverse group of cars were showcased on a woodchip-covered hill between the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance showground and the Gooding & Company.
The cars on display ranged from micro to motorsport, everyday to exotic, sport to sport utility.
Don’t be surprised if the Japanese Automotive Invitational spawns a big Monterey Car Week show modeled after a Concorso Italiano, a Porsche Werks Reunion, a Legends of the Autobahn or the new British show to be launched in 2019.
And don’t be surprised if sometimes, and perhaps not too far down the road, some of these same vehicles are featured just down the hill on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links.