THE JA­PANESE AU­TO­MO­TIVE IN­VI­TA­TIONAL

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The cov­eted Mon­terey Car Week saw a new­comer this year in the form of the Ja­panese Au­to­mo­tive In­vi­ta­tional (JAI). An ef­fort put forth by Mo­tor Trend and In­finiti, the two-day event fo­cused on Ja­panese in­no­va­tion, de­sign, and per­for­mance, and fea­tured some ve­hi­cles you’re very fa­mil­iar with, like Toy­ota’s ’67 2000GT Road­ster. Other stand­out ve­hi­cles such as a Sa­fari gold Hako­suka, early-’90s IMSA GTP Cham­pi­onship car (Toy­ota’s first car­bon-fiber mono­coque pro­to­type), and even a pic­ture-per­fect Mazda Cosmo Sport com­plete with its na­tive ro­tary en­gine (the first of its kind from the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer) not only made a state­ment but also ed­u­cated at­ten­dees who might not have known just how deeply rooted Ja­panese car cul­ture is.

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