Japanese classics joining Pebble Beach concours

The best of Japanese vehicle design will be on show at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this year – a first for the Californian event

The world renowned Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will have a strong Japanese presence at its 69th running on August 25 and 26 this year thanks to a Japanese Automotive Invitational set up by Infiniti and the Motor Trend Group.

The Pebble Beach concours shows off some of the rarest and most important cars in the world on the Californian golf course, and also raises millions of dollars for charity. This year's line-up of vehicles will be the most diverse ever.

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The two-day Japanese Automotive Invitational will display Japanese automobiles in a relaxed atmosphere, along with presentations from top experts in the category. The vehicles, such as the 1964 Datsun 1500 Roadster, 1966 Toyota 2000GT (as used by James Bond in the 1968 film You Only Live Twice), 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport and 1994 Infiniti J30, exemplify Japanese innovation, design and performance, from Japan's rich car culture.

Newer models and designs include the Infiniti Q Inspiration and Prototype 9 concept cars, the latter of which was revealed at last year's concours.

Unique among a week of vintage automotive events, it's said that the invitational will distinguish itself as 'the premier experience dedicated to Japanese automotive achievements, culture, personalities and the future of Japanese-inspired innovation and design'. The stand will be outside the main concours but within the grounds, on the way into the main area.

'I continue to be amazed by how the automobile has evolved over many decades and in many nations,' said concours chairman Sandra Button.

'Japan's size and culture, the refined yet organic creativity of its designers, and its cutting-edge technology have played a major role in shaping the car in recent decades, and I'm proud that many of the Japanese cars that have contributed to our automotive history will be showcased here during Pebble Beach Automotive Week.'

The Japanese Automotive Invitational will be open to all spectators, meaning no additional ticket is required. The first day will also include live entertainment from a local DJ and the presentation of the inaugural 'Honorary Medallion' to a select car owner. More details on the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance can be found here on the event's website.

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