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Don Martine - MG

Car enthusiasts need to visit the Martine Inn, one of the finest hotels in Monterey Bay! Since Don Martine was three years old, he has been extremely intrigued by cars. You can even see a picture of Don at three years old holding a grease gun and attempting to lubricate his pedal car in the display area at the Martine Inn.

Don's interest in MGs began in 1950 when his father, Homer Martine, purchased a 1949 MGTC. This interest was furthered when he watched Johnny Von Neumann drive his 1950 MGTD Special to victory at the inaugural Pebble Beach Road Races, a car that Don now owns and has on display.

The MG display area contains watercolors by Sandra Leitzinger, oil paintings by Peter Hearsey, posters, prints, photos, tools, signs, gas pumps, historic helmets and a checkered flag paired with black and white-tiled floor. Don has a restoration shop near our Pacific Grove hotel where he restores these cars and builds the race engines.

Note: If the doors to this display room are closed, please ask the staff to open them so that you may see the cars up close.

For additional photos and stories: Visit Don's Martine Inn Motorsports website.

  • 1932 MG D: four-seater, 850 cc, 4-cylinder,overhead cam, three-speed transmission. 208 made. This car is currently being restored and pictures of the restoration are available at Don's Martine Inn Motorsports.
  • 1933 MG L2 Roadster: 1087 cc, six-cylinder, overhead cam, four-speed transmission. 85 made.
  • 1948 MG TC: supercharged, four-cylinder push rod, 1500 cc, four-speed transmission, dunlop 16-inch racing wheels, Alfin drum brakes. 10,000 made.
  • 1949 MG TC Special DOHC Race Car, four-cylinder, twin cam enging built by Ken M iles on factory 1500 cc racing block; 16 in Borrani wire wheels,four speed transmission, Alfin drums
  • 1949 MG Y Sedan: four-cylinder, pushrod, 1250 cc, four-speed trans, hydraulic brakes, factory sunroof, wind out windshield, roll up rear window shade, built-in jacks. 6,000 made.
  • 1949 MG TC Roadster: four-cylinder, pushrod, 1250 cc, four-speed transmission, absolutely original. 10,000 made.
  • 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster: four-cylinder, pushrod, 1.5 litre, TC trans, Alfin drum brakes, Borranni wire wheels, aluminum body by Emil Deidt, most winning west coast racer in 1950-51. One only.
  • 1951 Daimler Empress Sports Sedan: body by Hooper, 2500 litre, pushrod, six-cylinder, Wilson preselector transmission. 90 made.
  • 1953 MG TD, MK II, Roadster: four-cylinder pushrod, 1250 cc, larger carbs, larger valves, two fuel pumps, eight shocks, higher compression factory competition TD. 1,700 made.
  • 1955 MG TF 1500 Convertible Pickup: four-cylinder pushrod, 1500cc, chassis stretched 1 ft., pick up box added, made by Jack Anderson to house his wheelchair. One only.
  • 1960 MG A Roadster: 1622 cc, four-cylinder, pushrod, four-speed transmission, disc brakes, 100 mph car. 31,501 made.
  • 1963 MG 1300 Sedan: 1275 cc, pushrod, four-cylinder, transverse engine, front wheel drive, factory race car. 1 only.
  • 1967 MG B Roadster: 1789 cc, four-cylinder, pushrod, four-speed transmission, plus overdrive. 15,128 made.

Gallery

Don Martine, owner of the Martine Inn, is a vintage car enthusiast. Don Martine's MGs at the Collier Cup Races in Watkins Glen, New York MG TF Sun 47DOH Laguna Laguna Seca 1993
Portland 1994 San Diego 1995 1936 MG NB Roadster 1949 Water F.J 1948 MG TC Supercharged - Portland
1948 MG TC Supercharged - Sears Point 1949 Y Sedan This 1949 MG TC started the Martine MG collection. This pictures shows Don and his son Gordon in 1954. This car is still owned by Don but needs a complete restoration. 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - 1994, Elkhart Lake, Road America Raceway - 1st Place 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - Laugna Seca
1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - Lime Rock Raceway 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - 1951 Pebble Beach Road Races 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - 1990 Pebble Beach Concours 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - 2000 Pebble Beach Concours 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts Concours
1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - Santa Barbara Concours- 1st Place 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - Sears Point Raceway - 1st Place 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special Roadster - 1994, Watkins Glen Collier Cup, 1st Place 1951 Daimler Empress 1955 MG TF 1500 Convertible Pickup - 2002 Sedona Tour