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First-Time  Sponsor Porsche Teams with Iconic Brand at Martin Owners Club Event,  Displaying Dynamic Line-up of Specialty and Premier Models On-Site

Nazareth, PAAugust 11, 2011 – C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) today announced that the 6th Annual Martin Owners Club (MOC) event saw record attendance on Friday,  August 5, as members and their guests gathered at the Martin Factory and  Museum for a series of live performances, demonstrations, factory &  museum tour, food and more.  Additionally, for the first time, the  nearly 3000 attendees were treated to the “Porsche Experience” sponsored  by Knopf Porsche and Porsche cars North America, which displayed new  models on Sycamore Street, in the center of the day’s festivities.

“Each  year, I look forward to the opportunity to meeting Martin owners from  around the world, and the annual Martin Owners Club event keeps getting  better, with more people visiting our Factory than ever before,” said  company CEO and Chairman Chris Martin IV.  “There’s tremendous value in  personally connecting with people who share common interests.  As a  member of the Porsche Club myself, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have  one of the leading automotive brands in the world on board as a sponsor  for this year’s MOC Day.”

As  a sponsor of the event, Porsche brought several models to the Nazareth  Factory, along with representatives who were on hand to discuss each  model with the attendees.  Local residents and Porsche Owners, Don and  Flo Makofske, brought their specialty  2011 911 GT2 RS for the display.  Additionally, Porsche participated in  one of the MOC Day raffles, offering a premier Porsche Gear package  valued at approximately $1,500 dollars to a lucky winner.

Mick  Pallardy, Area Vice President for Porsche, added “It is a unique  opportunity for Porsche to partner with a brand as significant as Martin  Guitar.  We are extremely pleased with the synergy we have been able to  create by taking part in this year’s Martin Owners Club event and look  forward to developing an even more integrated partnership in the  future.  To be able to display our products alongside the Martin guitars  featured this weekend was a real treat for us.  Having Chris Martin  join us, as an existing Porsche aficionado, makes this relationship even  more special!”

Each  year, enthusiasts from across the country and around the globe converge  on Nazareth for MOC Day, and every year, the Martin Owners Club has  brought together more entertainment, vendors and artists than the year  before.  This included performances by bluegrass legend TJ Casey ("Cowboy from the Soul"); former “Dancing with the Stars” dancer and solo musician Mark Ballas; singer/songwriter, ukulele mistress and one half of Garfunkel and Oates, Kate Micucci(also  known for her roles in "Raising Hope," "Scrubs," "Four Kings" and  "Malcolm in the Middle"); and rising star and contestant on NBC’s  “America’s Got Talent” Blake McMurray.

In  addition to Friday’s almost 3000 attendees, thousands packed the  streets – many even after a heavy rain storm began – for the fourth  annual “Martin On Main,” a music and arts celebration hosted by the  Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce and The UMGF: Unofficial Martin Guitar  Forum that featured performers on stages located throughout the  historic city of Nazareth, PA.

For more information on this year’s events, including photos, visit http://www.martinownersclub.comor https://www.facebook.com/martinguitar, and for information on the Martin Owners Club, watch this video, including a few words from Chris Martin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZFMmpnF1as.

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