Drift back in time – to an era not so long ago – where men sporting fedoras and women in soft silky scarves enjoyed long leisurely rides (and drives) through the beautiful countryside. Albemarle will host numerous classic sporting and social events that celebrate the glorious energy of horsepower enjoyed today and of yesteryear. A classic collectors´ dream, there are plenty of magnificent motorcars and vintage bikes to ooh and ah over and enough motor sport entertainment to keep the entire family entertained for days.
Albemarle Equestrian Festival
The Albemarle Equestrian Festival plans to host events such as dressage competitions, hunter/jumper horse shows, three-day events and polo matches. The multi-functional facilities and the wide-open countryside make Albemarle Estate equestrian grounds a crown jewel for equine activities throughout the Southeast.
Albemarle Holiday Gala
Albemarle Estate invites members and their guests to “wine and dine” in style at the Albemarle Holiday Gala. Elegant and inviting, this annual event will bring together those that share a love for classic sport and social entertaining in celebration of the warmth and wonder of the season.
April 2011 – Albemarle’s Director Takes Drive As Top Hat Event Manager
James Beckett will assist the UK-based Masters Historic Racing Series. A former assistant club secretary of the BRDC, it was during this time that James created the Walter Hayes Trophy for FF1600 cars, co-coordinated Silverstone’s International Historic Festival and ran historic races for a variety of classics. A keen competitor, James will also get to drive on special stages. See more at: www.TheMastersSeries.com
January 2011 – Sports Car Digest Delivers First Rate Coverage
Publisher and editor-in-chief, Jamie Doyle explains his team is composed of writers and photographers from around the world, all focused upon providing authoritative content and commentary and stunning photographs to their audience of historic car enthusiasts. We couldn’t agree more. See and enjoy more at: www.SportsCarDigest.com
November 2010 – The Walter Hayes Trophy
The world’s largest Formula Ford event held annually at Silverstone began in honor of the passing of the former English journalist and Ford executive in 2000. Albemarle will have associations with cars and drivers running in the competition – notably the Sheson Racing team operating high-profile entries for three-time event, Joey Foster, TV star, Neil Cunningham and James Wood. Joey Foster, Neil Cunningham, James Wood & James Beckett.
October 2010 – The Formula Ford Festival
The Brands Hatch event that has a history spanning 39 years. Many cars and drivers contesting this event will carry the Albemarle brand to help raise exposure of the US facility. See more at: www.brscc.co.uk
July 2010 – Cunningham Thrills Crowds Ahead of Visit To Albemarle
James Bond stunt driver, Neil Cunningham, has been thrilling the European historic motor racing crowds recently with awesome performances in a variety of mouth-watering racing machines. Due to make a trip to Albemarle’s circuit site shortly, along with Albemarle Motor Sport Event Director, James Beckett, Neil wrestled a Shelby FT350 Mustang in some style at the recent Silverstone Classic, and the UK-based New Zealander is now looking forward to driving at the famous Goodwood Revival in September.
Neil says, “I am very excited about the whole Albemarle project and look forward to being able to entertain many of the Albemarle clients and fans with lessons in performance driving. Special ‘red letter’ days are hugely popular in the UK, and to be able to school a large number of people in high-performance cars at the nostalgic Albemarle facility will be very exciting for everyone.”
May 2010 – New Appointment – Top Tier CPA Takes Financial Wheel
Joining Albemarle is William M. Wright II, CPA, who will serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Wright brings a 25-year career in private industry and pubic accounting, with significant experience in start-ups. As its V.P. and Chief Financial Officer, he will be involved in planning, capital acquisition, and oversight of the financial management to ensure the company meets its overall operating/financial goals and objectives. He holds an MBA degree from Regent University and a BS in Financial Accounting from the University of New Haven and is a licensed CPA in Virginia.
April 2010 – Albemarle UK / EU Presence
The Albemarle branding has appeared in association with numerous UK and European-based drivers. The Albemarle crest has been seen in the British F3 International Series at Silverstone, Donington Park, Spa-Franchorchamps and Oulton Park. In addition, the Albemarle brand has been associated with drivers and cars at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival, Silverstone Classic, Champion of Brands, Formula Ford Festival at Brands, and the Walter Hayes Trophy.
November 2009 – Formula 3 Racer Shows Support for Albemarle
19-year-old Spanish Formula 3 racer, Victor Garcia has been racing around the tracks of Europe carrying the brand of Albemarle. Competing in the prestigious Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series – just two steps away from Formula 1 Grand Prix – Victor has been enjoying a rewarding point-scoring season, his first away from driving in his native Spain.
The Madrid-based driver has received coaching this season from Le Mans 24-Hour race winner, and Ferrari F1 test driver, Marc Gene, and recently finished third in the round of the F3 series at the legendary Spa-Franchorchamps circuit in Belgium. Victor says “My focus is very much on reaching Formula 1. My aim is to race in the Grand Prix supporting GP2 Series in 2010 and then make the jump to F1 either in 2011 or the year after.”
December 2008 – New Appointment – Director of Motor Sport Events Behind The Wheel At Albemarle Motor Sport
Former Asst Secretary of British Racing Drivers Club (BDRC), James E. Beckett, 40, joins Albemarle with a wealth of experience, knowledge and associations. The creator of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone for Formula Ford open-wheel cars is the world’s largest annual event for these formula cars. Mr. Beckett plans to deliver a world-class motor sport experience for the professional, hobbyist and enthusiast.
October 2008 – New Appointment – Equestrian Director To Take The Reins At Albemarle
Accomplished equestrian figure Mrs. Diane Monroe of Virginia Beach will join Albemarle as Equestrian Director. A life-long equestrian competitor and champion, Mrs. Monroe has achieved national ranking amongst the nation’s most accomplished competitors, competing in premier events such as The National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden and the Meadowlands as well as The Washington International, The Pennsylvania National and the Devon Horse Show near Philadelphia.
The Albemarle team met at Clark Nexsen offices to discuss further program development at Albemarle Estate focusing on the attractions for future corporate conferences, parties, team building events, product launches, weddings, and executive meetings.
August 2008 – Albemarle Moves Forward On Several Chesapeake Sites
The Albemarle development company has approved a number of sites in southern Chesapeake, and is moving forward on plans to break ground Spring of 2009. Each of the potential sites is convenient to other Chesapeake leisure, cultural, and historic attractions and provides easy access just minutes from central Chesapeake’s I-64 on Rt. 17 South. City officials, including the Chesapeake’s leadership and council members have been given the opportunity to review the development’s project and site plan and are enthusiastic about the facility.
July 2008 – Special Guests of English Sporting Events
On invitation from the former Secretary of the British Racing Drivers Club Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott the principles of Albemarle development company traversed the Atlantic this past July to attend legendary sporting events north of London England. Lane-Nott is a long-time supporter of the Albemarle Estate and has accepted the venue’s leading position as Club Director.
March 2008 – Prepared for Success
Albemarle Estate planning and marketing efforts have taken a giant leap forward, and the development is now in position to bring new investors on board. Planning sessions are scheduled and the stage is being set for more concrete signs of Albemarle’s groundbreaking development.
January 2008 – Town Center City Club welcomes Albemarle Estate
Ms. Barbara Lewis and her talented staff are encouraged by Albemarle’s progress and are providing display space for the estate development and club information within the Town Center City Club´s reception area. For more information visit: www.towncentercityclub.com
February 2007- Engineering Team welcomes Albemarle Estate
The capable and experienced team of professionals at Clark Nexsen sign on to assist with the Albemarle Estate development. See more of these experts at: www.clarknexsen.com
September 2006 – World Famous Sporting Images Offered For Clubhouse
The curator for world-renowned photographer Julian P. Graham of Monterey, Calif., offers classic social and sporting images to Albemarle’s clubhouse art gallery. Mr. Graham’s wife was the creator of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1950. See more at: www.loonhill.com Monterey, California.
August 2006 – Meeting With RL Polo Leadership Yields Great Results
Albemarle leadership travels to the Big Apple to meet with senior management at the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. Polo RL expresses interest in sponsorship opportunities, as well as specialty retail shops in Albemarle Estate.
August 2006 – More Big Hitters Weigh In On Albemarle Estates
Mr. Brian Redman, three-time U.S. 5000 Champion, three-time Daytona 24 Hours winner, and two-time Nurburgring 1,000K winner, meets with and tells Albemarle leadership that the Albemarle Estate concept and business plan is first-class. See more of Mr. Redman at: www.gorace.com
August 2006 – Motor Racing Legends Hint That 2008 Visit & Race Likely
Motor Racing Legends chairman Mr. Duncan Wiltshire of Suffolk, England, advises Albemarle principals that they are looking at Albemarle Estate as a potential venue for a 2008 weekend meeting and exhibition race. Mr. Wiltshire says many of his colleagues would be very eager to “cross the pond” with their families and machines for a weekend of socials and racing. See more at: www.motorracinglegends.com
July 2006 – Grand Prix World Series Exhibition Racing Eyes Albemarle Venue
Grand Prix Masters, Ltd., headquartered in Berkshire, England, says it is tentatively looking at Albemarle for a 2008 weekend event. Stay tuned for updates. See more at: www.gpmasters.com
June 2006 – Recognized Motor Sport Figure joins Albemarle as Director
Albemarle principals announce that Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott of Northampton, England, will serve as an Albemarle Director. Admiral Lane-Nott is the former Club Secretary of the British Racing Drivers Club and the Silverstone Circuit, and the former Race & Safety Director for Formula One racing. He will bring a wealth of motor sport experience and international relations to Albemarle. See more at: www.brdc.co.uk
May 2006 – World Class Designer To Lend Talent
Albemarle principals successfully sway the Albemarle Estate to Ms. Jeannine Oppewall, an Oscar-nominated production designer for Universal Studios in Los Angeles, CA Seeing its potential as a bright star on the East Coast, Ms. Oppewall offers a design hand with the project. Ms. Oppewall is best known for her work on the movies Seabiscuit, Bridges of Madison County, Pleasantville, and L.A. Confidential. See her work at: www.seabiscuitmovie.com
September 2005 – Marketing and Public Relations Pros Identified
Albemarle Estate & Motor Sport Club identifies its marketing and public relations agencies. Rourk Public Relations, Harness Media and VisionEFX begin the initial rollout of the Albemarle Estate with a dynamic Web site, investor information brief, and a media plan.
September 2004 – Albemarle Founders Invited To England
Albemarle founders are invited by Alan and Desire’ Wilson of the internationally recognized Wilson Motorsport, Inc., to the 2004 “Goodwood Revival” in Sussex County, England, for a fantastic weekend of classic racing and socials.
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