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Oct 01, 2012

It’s October, and it’s a Clear, Crisp, Summer on the Coast

With arms wide open, take a deep breath, relax, and rejuvenate.  Welcome to Pacific Grove!  Did you know our quaint city of Pacific Grove has more public open space per citizen than any other city in California?  Of the five miles of coastline, including the Monterey Bay Sanctuary and the Pacific Ocean, there are only four private lots with homes, plus the Hopkins Marine Labs of Stanford University… with all the rest available to the public.  Our city’s golf course, with green fees less than $45, gives you the opportunity to “look for whales, while making birdies.”  Be sure to...

Jun 27, 2012

What Vintage Racing Is About

I am the current custodian of the 1950 MGTD Von Neumann Special that was Johnny Von Neumann’s first race car.  This car won the 1st Pebble Beach Road Race in 1950, the 1st Palm Springs Road Race, the 1st Torrey Pines Road Race, and the 1st Sandburg Hill Climb in 1951.  Tracy Bird and Bumpy Bell purchased the car from Johnny in 1952 and the car won many races for them in 1952 and 1953.  Johnny bought the car back in 1954 and Josie Von Neumann drove it to many more wins in 1954 and 1955. 

I am Don Martine, owner of the Pacific Grove hotel Martine Inn, and I have raced this...

Mar 07, 2012

Come and See My Car Collection

My dad bought a 1949 MG TC in 1950 and I was able to drive it occasionally during high school.  I still have that car.  My dad and I went to the first Pebble Beach Road Race and saw Johnnie Von Neumann in a 1950 MG TD Special. I have that car on display at the Martine Inn.  A friend of mine was a pilot with TWA many years ago and flew freight between New Zealand and San Francisco.  One day, while in NZ, he spotted a 1949 MG Y sedan. He had become so facinated with the car that he purchased it and loaded it onto his plane, flew it to San Francisco, then drove it  home to Carmel...

Jan 31, 2012

Hall of Fame

This week, the California Hotel & Lodging Association inducted Don Martine into the California Hospitality HALL OF FAME!   This is the CH&LA’s most prestigious honor and is presented to California hoteliers or executives recognized by industry peers for outstanding contributions of leadership, service and professionalism to the California lodging industry and community at large.  Lynn Mohrfeld, CH&LA Executive Vice President, Rick Anderson CH&LA Chair, owner of Casa Tropicana Bed& Breakfast, and Peggy Mosley, former Chair and owner of Groveland Hotel, made the presentation. ...

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