Welcome to the Essex Automobile Division Centre

The Automobile Division - Essex Centre (ADEC) operates in the Basildon area and organises around eight evening lectures per year, as well as supporting local schools, careers events and those aspiring to become Incorporated (IEng) and Chartered Engineers (CEng).

Our lectures are lively and interesting, focusing on a mixture of new automotive product launches, new technologies and other notable automotive events such as land-speed record, formula 1 and rallysport. We keep the events interactive with a chance to ask questions with opportunities, before/after and during the break, to socialise with professional and like minded people! Occasionally we venture beyond the strict automotive world into major transport construction projects of interest to the local area (such as the high-speed rail link - Eurostar) or other vehicle sectors (such as Agricultural, Construction equipment, or motorcycles).

Essex AD events are further enhanced by the fact that the venues we use enable us to display vehicles in the room during the lecture. Our lectures are also open to the public so both members and non-members are welcomed, and you are welcome to bring along any friends or relatives who may be interested in a particular topic - no booking is required and there is no admission fee - parking is easy and free at both our major venues.

We actively welcome schools and those involved in Education/Careers to apply for our support as well as offers from you or your company if you are interested in presenting at a future event (lectures are usually booked around one year in advance) - in the first instance please contact the centre secretary (Use the "Contact Essex AD" link from our Centre menu above). The ADEC is also the place to find out about the latest news from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and obtain help with your membership enquiries.

The lectures are usually on the third Wednesday of the month from September to May and start at 7.30 PM either at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Basildon, or at Ford Motor Company, Dunton Technical Centre, Laindon.


Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    23 April 2014 19:30 to 21:30
    Dunton Technical Centre - Essex
    Bloodhound SSC is a 130,000bhp, 6.5 tonne car with 47,000lbs of thrust which will reach 1000 mph/Mach 1.4 in 40 seconds - the rocket has a Cosworth F1 engine just to drive the fuel pump. Low speed runs (800 mph) are planned in South Africa in 2014 and this presentation will describe the latest design developments of this iconic British engineering project; inspiring both young and not so young!
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Annual Dinner
    02 May 2014 19:30 to 23:00
    The Chichester Hotel - Wickford - Wickford
    Joint event with the South Essex Area - ***Advanced Booking Required***. Following the meal, Clive MacPherson, ex-Royal Marine Commando and Historian at the Combined Military Services Museum, will give an insight into the exploits of Captain Peter Mason. Captain Peter Mason was an agent with a ‘licence to kill’ and knew Ian Fleming well… was he the real James Bond?
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 May 2014 19:30 to 21:30
    Holiday Inn Hotel - Basildon - Basildon, Essex
    Morgan 3-Wheeler
    Industry: Automotive
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